It turns out I have some weaknesses. Amongst many things, both caramel and granola happen to be on that list. This is a combo caramel/granola kind of thing, I call it granola bites. My dad, who is big time into cycling, (and recently gluten free) snacks on something called go-go granola bites that he gets at the local grocery store. Once I got by hands on a bag and I ate the entire thing. In one sitting. My stomach hurts just thinking about it.
These are an imitation of those, but mine have more fiber and a little less caramel, which = a little less guilt about eating a whole bag.
Lets not fool ourselves. I don’t think I would call this “healthy”, I mean there is butter, brown sugar and heavy cream involved. However there is also an extraordinary amount of fiber: around 100 grams for this recipe! (That doesn’t make it sound delicious, does it?) But it is! I love the chewiness of the oats, and the groats!(they are sold next to the oats at the grocery store), the sweetness of the cranberries and coconut and the crunchy almonds, flax and sesame seeds.
Addictive and delicious!
Granola Bites, makes about 8 cups
-1 cup butter
-1 1/3 cup brown sugar
-1/3 cup cream
-pinch kosher salt
-4 cups oats, (old fashioned not instant)
-1 cup oat groats
-1 cup almonds
-1 cup flaked unsweetened coconut
-1 cup cranberries
-¼ cup flax seeds
-3 Tbs sesame seeds
-1/3 cup honey
Preheat an oven to 325 degrees. Prepare a sheet pan with a silpat or parchment.
In a large bowl, combine the oats, groats, almonds, coconut, cranberries, flax seeds and sesame seeds. Set aside.
In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat.
Add the sugar and salt to the melted butter.
Stir until the sugar has melted.
Add the cream and stir until the caramel is smooth.
Pull the pot of the heat and dump the bowl of oats into the pot.
Add the honey to the pot.
Stir the granola mixture with a large wooden spoon.
The granola should get pretty well coated with the caramel mixture, but the baking process will spread the caramel further.
Spread the granola over the prepared sheet pan, and press it down firmly with a spatula.
Bake the granola at 325 for about 25-30 minutes, rotating half way through.
When you remove the granola, it should be dark golden brown. Let it cool for about 15-20 minutes.
Turn the pan upside down onto a cutting board, and turn the granola out in one sheet. Peel the paper or silpat off. The bottom will be caramely and crispy.
Cut the granola into pieces.
Store them in tupperwear or package in cellophane bags and tie with a ribbon.
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Dark Chocolate M&Ms are a fiber food. Right? Healthy? Definately.
The same applies to your delish little granola bars.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!
Of course, I meant to write DC Peanut M&Ms – those healthy little goobers.
Thank you for enlightening me Vicki! I will be sure to stick those on my grocery list under produce 🙂
This looks amazing! Homemade granola is so much better than the bought stuff. Yum!
This recipe looks great and the timing is perfect. I am wanting to make some kind of granola bar type snack to take on our family road trip to MO this weekend. I may need to modify it some unless I can get my husband to buy some groats on his way home from work though.
lol! I would just use another type of nuts, (maybe pecans, or pistachios?) or just use more oats. (bobs red mill was the brand of groats I used)
I’m wish you on the caramel and granola weaknesses. I’ll have to try these out sometime soon.
What a great healthy snack!
Hi Heather! It’s the stranger from the Palace Kitchen last weekend. Ha ha. It was wonderful meeting you! Thank you for sharing such incredible recipes and entertaining ideas. I am inspired by your blog!
Tambi! You made my day, if not month!
I love to hear from anyone that enjoys/uses the blog- I am always looking for new ways to improve it and recipes or entertaining info that you would like help with. Just let me know!
I was at the market early this a.m. for grouts, flax seeds, and coconut. The granola bars are in the oven. I used pecans and almonds as that’s what I had in the pantry – I used two smaller baking sheets and added mini chocolate chips to one.
Yay Vicki! Leave it to you to add chocolate! Let me know how they turn out!
Granola bites are one of my favorite snacks!
I love granola bites – we call them flapjacks in England – I can’t make them because this is one treat I can’t resist
A nice great idea it’s nice as a gift too and it’s healthy in spite of butter and cream who told you we do not need a little energy?:))
I’m always looking for alternatives for oatmeal and cream of wheat for breakfast. Sounds good!
These would make a great travel food for me! I’m always looking for good airplane snacks 😉
I really wish I cycled like your dad so I could then eat the whole pan of this granola. OMG.
so do I , but I don’t, and that still did not stop me 🙂
What a unique twist on granola!
These look amazing! I bet my kiddos would go crazy for these.
I have never made a granola bar with cream – but you have sparked my interest. These look more brittle like than bar like and that is something I could be all over! Yum!
Turned out perfect…I took them to the detention center last night so the guards could taste test and review. Five stars.
The female officers liked the ones with chocolate – we need it for stress! We do.
that makes me so happy. Now i have to make them with chocolate!
Looks delicious. Have you experimented with sweeteners other than sugar?
I have not really. terrible of me. I need to start. Any suggestions?
Super lovely. I have to try this!
These look truly delectable!! As for other sweeteners, perhaps Lyle’s Golden Syrup which is one of my favorites – has caramel flavors so it might just work for you!!
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Heather, I am a good friend of Linda Scharnhorst….Jodi’s MIL. I just made the granola bites and they are to die for. Mine turn out a bit softer in the center. Do you boil the brown sugar mixture before adding the cream or after or neither? I want to make mine a tad crisper next time. Thanks so much! Your blog is amazing!!!
Hi Patsy! The caramel will boil up when you add the cream and then will simmer as it becomes smooth. So they should have some chewiness, because they are bound with caramel- but I would recommend just baking them for longer if you want them crispier. Maybe start with 5-7 minutes more and then check the consistency. Good Luck!
Thank you, Heather! I also add pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds and pecans, so perhaps those added ingredients affect the baking time. Next time, I will adjust and bake for longer, even if I have to put foil over to keep from burning. Just a great recipe! Thank you for this take off on the Go Go Granola Bites that we like to find when in Tacoma! I put your cookbook on my wish list for Christmas! Thanks, Patsy