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Chewy Granola Bars with Chocolate Chips and Dried Cranberries


http://www.nigella--sativa.com
I had a package of Hershey's chocolate chips and I wanted to find a delicious way to use them. I felt like Granola Bars would be fabulous.
I found a few recipes with ingredients that intrigued me and I concocted this recipe and it is oh so delicious and easy to make.
Chewy Granola Bars
Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup raw honey (energizing is best)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  •  1 cups low-fat granola mix (not cereal)
  • 2 cups oatmeal (not instant)
  • 1/2 cup sweetened flake coconut 
  • 1/4 cups of black seeds, ground (optional)
  • 1/2 cup died cranberries or cherries will do just fine
  • 3/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
Directions

  1. Combine the brown sugar, honey, vanilla and butter in a medium-size saucepan. Bring them to a boil over medium heat. Now lower the heat and simmer for approximately 2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Cool.
  2. Meanwhile, combine granola, coconut, raisins, 1/2 cup chocolate chips and almonds in a large bowl.
  3. Pour the brown sugar mixture on top of the granola mixture in streams. Mix very well and thoroughly.
  4.  Spray a rectangle baking pan (13 by 9 by 2-inch) with non stick baking spray.  Pour the granola mixture into the pan and press down with a metal spoon or large spatula.  
  5. Press remaining chocolate chips into top. Refrigerate the granola bars for at least 2 hours or until completely cooled. Cut into bars.

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