In my house, breakfast is often "on the run". One of our favorite foods to grab-and-go are granola bars.
Some granola bars are pretty good tasting and good for us... but others... well, we might as well eat a candy bar!
StoneGable Holiday Granola Bars are chewy, full of oats, krispies, nuts and a trio of delicious dried fruit! My family loves them!!! And they make my whole home smell heavenly when they are baking!
Wrap them in parchment paper and they are very transportable!!!
I keep them in a big glass jar on my kitchen counter... they look festive... at least for awhile. They go fast!
These are much better tasting than their store bought counterpart... probably better for us ... and pretty!
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup whipped cream cheese
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 1/4 cups rice krispies
1 cup dried fruit (I use dried cherries, blueberries and raspberries)
1/2 cup chocolate chips (I use 60 % caco)
1/2 cup almonds, sliced
1/2 cups pecans, chopped
1/2 cups Heath Bar bits (these can be omitted, but they are soooo good!)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, beat butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add egg and honey and beat. Add cream cheese and vanilla and beat until well mixed and smooth.
In a separate bowl add flour, cinnamon, salt, rolled oats and rice krispies. Mix. Stir into the butter mixture.
Add dried fruit, chocolate chips, almonds and pecans.
Spray a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray. Dump the granola mixture into the pan. With wet hands, press the granola mixture into the pan, pressing it firmly to compact it.
Sprinkle the Heath Bar bits over the top of the granola and press into it.
Bake for 35-40 minutes.
Cut into bars while warm. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
Granola bars may be frozen and re-thawed.
These are great as a snack and a light dessert too! I save the crumbs and use them to top yogurt!