Almond White Chocolate, Cherry Granola Bars
- 2- 1/2 cups Rolled Oats
- 1 cup Sliced Almonds
- 1/4 cups Honey
- 1/4 cups Brown Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- 3 Tablespoons Canola Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Water
- 1 cup Rice Krispies Cereal
- 1 cup White Chocolate Chips, Plus More For Sprinkling On Top
- 1 cup Dried Cherries
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a square 8 baking pan with 2 crisscrossed rectangles of parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang at 2 opposite ends.
- The overhang is what will assist you in lifting the granola out of the pan for cutting.
- Combine the oats and almonds and spread them out evenly on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet and toast for 15 minutes.
- When the oat mixture has been toasting for about 10 minutes, combine the honey, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, vanilla, oil and water in a medium sauce pan over medium-low heat, whisking to dissolve the sugar.
- When the oat mixture is done toasting, transfer it to a large bowl and add the honey mixture, Rice Krispies, 1 cup of white chocolate chips and fruit; stir to incorporate.
- Spread evenly in the bottom of the pan, pressing down to create a smooth, even top.
- Bake the granola mixture for 30 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
- After about a half an hour, press down again super HARD to make sure everything sticks together and you can get nice, firm bars.
- A measuring cup works well for this.
- Sprinkle additional white chocolate chips on top (if desired) and press down lightly.
- Let cool completely.
- I am serious here.
- I know it is insanely tempting, but if you cut them too soon they will crumble everywhere and they wont be granola bars anymore.
- Just granola.
- Wait at least 23 hours before trying to cut them apart.
- Once cool, lift out of pan using paper as handles.
- Cut into one-inch wide bars with a large, sharp knife.
- Then, cut them again in half lengthwise.
- Store in an airtight container.
- If you arent going to eat them all within a week, be sure to refrigerate or freeze them.
- There are no preservatives in these, so they wont last forever and a lifetime in your pantry like the store-bought kinds.