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Cranberry Pistachio Granola Bars

A light snack bar packed with flavors of sweet cranberries, nutty pistachio crunch, and a hint of creamy peanut butter, bittersweet chocolate and honey.   

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I am thrilled to tell you how excited I am to have been able to meet so many successful and talented food bloggers at the BlogHer Food Conference held over the weekend in Miami, Florida.  It was truly an exhilarating experience to finally be able see bloggers who I’ve admired and to get to know some of them on a more personal level.  One of the best highlights of the event was being able to get our dance on at the Closing Party.  Something I never imagined ever doing.

I’ll cut the juicy details here on who I’ve met and all the craziness that happened in a later post this week with some additional photos you may have not seen.  For now, these granola bars is one snack I got to tell ya, I cannot travel without, ever again!

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These days when I travel, I like to pack a few snacks to munch on.  Reason is, you just never know when your next meal will be when you’re flying.  From delayed flights to being frazzled from left behind luggage at another airport (yes, this has happened before and when it does- nothing else in the world matters because you’re in panic mode!) to those measly snacks airlines give, I’d rather fly a bit more prepared.

Ever heard of the word, “hangry?”  Yea, that’s how I get when I go too long without eating and it’s not pretty.  To avoid ever getting hangry, I made these granola bars and packed a few into my carry-on the day before leaving to Florida.  Best decision because Thursday felt as though I was in air almost all day!  From my understanding, I believe flights from NY to FL should only take 3 hours, right?  I left around 8ish in the morning and arrived to the hotel in Miami by 9 PM!  From unknown delays, a transfer in Nashville, TN and that terrible storm in Miami that left mostly everyone in a frenzy you can see my point in why I pack a few light snacks.

I kind of feel like those old Snickers TV commercials but it’s true.  The bars were very much needed.

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Not only are these bars convenient to carry with you, the recipe itself can be made to fit your preference(s).  Don’t like cranberries?  No problem.  Swap it for dried cherries or any dried fruit.  Pistachios can be swapped for almonds and peanut butter for almond butter… the list goes on.  There are so many possible variations it would be hard to not find one you could enjoy.

Cranberry Pistachio Granola Bars

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Cranberry Pistachio Granola Bars

A light snack bar packed with flavors of sweet cranberries, nutty pistachio crunch, and a hint of creamy peanut butter, bittersweet chocolate and honey

Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ¾ cup sweetened dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup salted, dry roasted pistachios, chopped
  • 1/3 cup shredded sweetened coconut, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
  • 1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ¼ tablespoon salt

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat an 8-inch square baking pan evenly with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large baking sheet, spread oats evenly. Bake for 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool for a few minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, Mix browned oats, cranberries, pistachios, coconut, flaxseed meal and chocolate; set aside.
  4. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine peanut butter, honey, oil and salt; bring to a boil for 1 minute, stir constantly.
  5. Pour peanut butter mixture over oat mixture and toss well to coat.
  6. Press mixture into prepared square baking pan. Bake for 13 minutes or until lightly browned. Allow to cool completely in pan before removing.
  7. Cut 1 x 4-inch bars. ENJOY!

Notes

Cranberry Pistachio Granola Bars recipe adapted from Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bars from Cooking Light magazine April 2014.

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40 Responses to Cranberry Pistachio Granola Bars

  1. I am so jealous of your weekend!!! I can’t wait to hear more details – it looks like it was so much fun. I want to go next year for sure!! These bars look amazing – what a great idea to make these before a trip. I always travel with tons of snacks!

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    • Cate I’m so happy you’re able to go to the next event BHP!! I can’t wait to meet you but gosh darn it, you’re in the city. We should get together soon :)

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  2. Peanut butter, cranberry, pistachio, chocolate and honey, all favs of mine and these granola bars are amazing! Such a fun, healthy treat for the kids too.

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    realfoodbydad says: May 19, 2014 at 11:33 AM
  3. Thursday was so crazy – I got up at 4 am for my flight, and didn’t get to Miami until 6pm! These granola bars would have made the wait a little better :)

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    • 6:15 pm was the time I was supposed to arrive but it looks as though you were in a worse position. It was definitely a bit frustrating but a good nights rest and the conference in itself made Thursday forgotten! :)

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  4. Pistachios are my favorite snacks ever so these bars will definitely be a favorite soon. Love the cranberries studded in here :)

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    blahnikbaker says: May 19, 2014 at 2:17 PM
    • Oh no, we didn’t cross paths. There were so many people there and honestly there were some bloggers I wanted to meet and couldn’t find them… now that’s a bummer. Nest time! :)

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  5. I love that these granola bars and made with pistachios and cranberries! I’m sad I didn’t make it to BlogHer Food this year. Maybe next year ;) Glad you got the opportunity to go this year!

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    • I am so happy you came and we hung out too! I wish there was more one-on-one time. You’re so ambitious and I admire that. I hope to someday see you again- soon! :)

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  6. Gosh, great minds. I was just thinking of making granola bars and got some currants. This recipe is very similar to the one I use. I love the pistachios in this one although due to allergies I use with sunflower or pumpkin seeds.

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  7. I love dried cranberries but I also love dried cherries too so either way will work for me. The bars look absolutely fantastic, and since I like crunchy bars instead of chewy, these are right up my alley.

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    Taking On Magazines says: May 21, 2014 at 9:48 AM
  8. These look so great, Connie! I’m always in search of new snacks. I get so tired of eating the same ones over and over. Loved seeing your BlogHer Food pictures on Instagram! Looked like it was so fun! :)

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  9. I just made this exactly as written, but they totally crumbled – no way I can cut them into bars. Any suggestions? Right now, I just have very yummy granola. :(

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    • Hi Jesse, sorry to hear it didn’t work for you. The peanut butter is the main component to adhere everything together. Curious, what kind of peanut butter did you use? I’ve once read (don’t recall if it was from the Cooking Light magazine where this recipe was adapted from) but using organic PB is not recommended. I would also make sure real honey or agave is being used and not a honey “flavored” syrup as this tends to be more watery. Hope this helps.

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