Cranberry Chocolate Chip Pecan Granola Bars

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Pecan Granola Bars are simple, baked granola bars filled with simple, delicious flavors!

sliced Cranberry Chocolate Chip Pecan Granola Bars on parchment paper

Homemade granola bars have been on my to-bake list for so, so long. Granola bars are a staple around here, so it only makes sense to make them myself with some favorite flavors.

The beauty of homemade granola bars is that you can make them without any extra stuff you don’t want. They’re fresh and full of all kinds of good stuff!

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Pecan Granola Bars on parchment paper

While these are Cranberry Chocolate Chip Pecan Granola Bars, you can make them anything you want. You’ll need about 3 cups of add-ins, so pick some favorites or just scour your pantry and use what you have to make a tasty combination for your granola bars. Dried fruits, nuts, chocolate, seeds… whatever you like!

To make these bars, you’ll need a jelly roll pan, which is a 10″x 15″ rimmed pan. If you don’t have a jelly roll pan, don’t fret. You can use a different size pan… 9″x 13″, quarter sheet pan, even a half sheet pan. Just remember that you’ll affect the thickness of the bars, so you might have to make a small adjustment to the baking time.

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Pecan Granola Bars on a sheet of parchment paper

My one word of caution is that these granola bars can be a little sticky because of the honey in them. I’ve tried to adjust the amount so that you have enough for flavor and to help hold everything together. Once the bars are baked and have initially cooled, try removing them from the pan to a wire rack for the rest of the cooling time so that they’ll be a little less sticky. (That’s an easy task if you line the pan with parchment.) Leaving them on the parchment for a couple of hours or even overnight will help, too. You can also stick them in the refrigerator to make them easier to cut.

After you’ve made a batch of these, either with the flavors in the recipe or your own favorites, I think you’ll be right there with me in being completely spoiled with homemade granola bars. Luckily, they’re super easy to make so you can whip up a batch most any time! Even better? They’re freezer-friendly, too! Just wrap each in plastic wrap and put them all in a freezer bag. Then just defrost at room temperature for an anytime treat!

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Yield: 20 bars

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Pecan Granola Bars

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Total Time 48 minutes

Homemade granola bars are easy to make with all your favorite flavors!

sliced Cranberry Chocolate Chip Pecan Granola Bars on parchment paper

Ingredients

  • 3 & 1/2 cups (280g) quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup (120g) chopped pecans*
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup (150g) butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup (112g) honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (85g) dried cranberries*
  • 1/2 cup (88g) mini chocolate chips*
  • 1/2 cup (70g) sunflower seeds*
  • 1/4 cup (40g) chopped toffee bits*
  • 1/2 cup (200g) packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 15"x 10" jelly roll pan with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the oats and pecans, and spread in an even layer on the prepared pan. Bake 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until toasted.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the egg, butter, honey, and vanilla. Add the cranberries, chocolate chips, sunflower seeds, toffee, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Mix until combined.
  4. Add the oats and almonds, and mix well.
  5. Re-line the pan with parchment paper so that the paper overhangs an inch or two on the two long sides. Spread the mixture evenly and firmly in the pan.
  6. Bake 13-18 minutes, or until the edges are slightly browned and the bars are set. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Then use the parchment paper to lift the bars out of the pan onto the wire rack to continue cooling. Cut into bars.**

Notes

*Use any combination of add-ins you like - nuts, dried fruits, seeds, etc. Just keep the total amount about 3 cups.

**You may find the bars cut more cleanly if refrigerated for about 30 minutes before cutting.

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.

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Cranberry Chocolate Chip Pecan Granola Bars

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Pecan Granola Bars

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