recipe

These granola bars are packed with crunchy nuts and chewy dried fruit. They’ll power you through class, after-school activities, and more.

safety
  • Uses the oven
  • Uses a knife
difficulty
  • Advanced
time
  • 1¼ hours, plus 2 hours cooling time
yield
  • Makes 12 bars

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Prepare Ingredients

Vegetable oil spray
¾ cup (3 ounces)
walnuts
1¼ cups (3¾ ounces)
old-fashioned rolled oats
½ cup
raw sunflower seeds
¼ cup
vegetable oil
2 tablespoons (1 ounce)
water
½ cup
dried apricots
½ cup packed (3½ ounces)
brown sugar
¼ teaspoon
salt
¾ cup (¾ ounce)
Rice Krispies cereal
½ cup
dried cranberries

Gather Baking Equipment

Aluminum foil
8-­inch square metal baking pan
Ruler
Food processor
Rubber spatula
Rimmed baking sheet
Oven mitts
Cooling rack
Liquid measuring cup
Large bowl
Dry measuring cup
Cutting board
Chef's knife
1
 
Vegetable oil spray

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Make aluminum foil sling for 8-inch square metal baking pan (click here to learn how to make a foil sling). Spray foil with vegetable oil spray.

 
2
 
¾ cup (3 ounces)
walnuts

Add walnuts to food processor and lock lid into place. Hold down pulse button for 1 second, then release. Repeat until walnuts are finely chopped, about ten 1-second pulses.

 
3
 
1¼ cups (3¾ ounces)
old-fashioned rolled oats
½ cup
raw sunflower seeds

Remove lid and carefully remove processor blade (ask an adult for help). Use rubber spatula to transfer walnuts to rimmed baking sheet. Add oats and sunflower seeds to baking sheet and use rubber spatula to spread into even layer.

 
4
 

Place baking sheet in oven and bake until oats are lightly browned, about 12 minutes.

 
5
 

Use oven mitts to remove baking sheet from oven (ask an adult for help). Place baking sheet on cooling rack and let cool for 10 minutes. While oat mixture is cooling, reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees.

 
6
 
¼ cup
vegetable oil
2 tablespoons (1 ounce)
water
½ cup
dried apricots
½ cup packed (3½ ounces)
brown sugar
¼ teaspoon
salt

Combine oil and water in liquid measuring cup. Add apricots, brown sugar, and salt to food processor and lock lid back into place. Turn on processor and process until apricots are very finely ground, about 15 seconds.

 
7
 

With processor running, pour oil mixture through feed tube and process until paste forms, about 1 minute. Stop processor.

 
8
 
¾ cup (¾ ounce)
Rice Krispies cereal
½ cup
dried cranberries

Remove lid and carefully remove processor blade (ask an adult for help). Use rubber spatula to transfer apricot paste to large bowl. Add cooled oat mixture and use rubber spatula to stir until oats are well coated with apricot paste. Add cereal and cranberries and gently stir until evenly combined.

 
9
 

Use rubber spatula to scrape mixture into foil-lined baking pan and spread into even layer. Use bottom of dry measuring cup to press down VERY firmly (especially at edges and corners) until smooth and flat.

 
10
 

Place baking pan in oven and bake until granola is brown at edges, about 25 minutes.

 
11
 

Use oven mitts to remove baking pan from oven (ask an adult for help). Place baking pan on cooling rack and let granola bars cool completely in pan, about 2 hours.

 
12
 

Use foil to lift bars out of baking pan and transfer to cutting board. Cut into bars and serve.