Cherry Almond Granola Bars with a Sweet Shortcut

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It’s funny that I don’t see more recipes like this. Granola bars that are actually made with granola! This is a great way to use up a box or batch, or simply to enjoy a different snack. We originally posted this recipe for Cherry Almond Granola Bars in 2007. It was shared with us by a site that I wrote for called Kids Cuisine. However, it originated from a publication called 7 days, 7 ways by the The National Honey Board. I’ve since updated the recipe with more options and easier to follow instructions.

Cherry Almond Granola Bars Recipe made with actual granola! Dairy-free, optionally gluten-free, easy snack recipe.Photo by Wavebreak Media

Special Diet Notes: Cherry Almond Granola Bars

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, optionally gluten-free, peanut-free, soy-free, and vegetarian.

For egg-free granola bars, you might try swapping in a generous 1/3 cup of aquafaba (canned chickpea liquid). We haven’t tested it yet, but this should be a fairly good substitute. Alternatively, 1 to 2 flax or chia eggs might work well. Keep in mind that you are only substituting the whites, which are about 2 tablespoons of liquid each. To make the recipe vegan, too, you can swap agave nectar for the honey.

Cherry Almond Granola Bars
 
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This recipe was originally shared with us from the writers of Kids Cuisine, but we have adapted it a bit for ease, dairy-free ingredients, and versatility.
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Serves: 12 bars
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ¼ cup dairy-free buttery spread or margarine, melted (can possibly sub coconut oil)
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 cups dairy-free granola
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ¾ cup dried cherries (optionally coarsely chopped)
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF and line a 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the honey, buttery spread, egg whites, cinnamon, and almond extract.
  3. Stir in the granola, almonds, and cherries until well coated.
  4. Firmly and evenly press the mixture into your prepared pan. If it's too sticky, use a small piece of parchment paper or plastic wrap to press it in.
  5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Place the pan on a cooling rack and let cool completely.
  6. Lift the mixture out using the parchment paper and place it on a cutting board. Cut into thirds one way, and fourths the other way to make 12 bars.

Key Pantry Supplies: Cherry Almond Granola Bars

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Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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