Thursday, January 5, 2012

Cracklin' Oat Bran Bars

I am always looking for easily accessible snacks, especially throughout the work week, and sometimes I find that it can be a little too easy to reach for the unhealthy variety.  So, I wanted to come up with a healthful option that I could turn to when I need to fight a craving brought on by my sweet tooth, need a quick breakfast go to, or even as a mid-day pick me up.

Cracklin’ Oat Bran adds heartiness, while the addition of cashews and almonds offer the benefits of protein, vitamin E and iron, and delicious Pomegranate Juice Infused Craisins add a cholesterol and fat free, fiber sourced boost of energy.  Super easy to make, no baking required, this recipe yields 24 bars.


½ cup toasted cashews
½ cup toasted almonds
½ cup Gihrardelli® 60% Cocao Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
¾ cup honey
¼ cup creamy peanut butter
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
¼ tsp salt
Zest of one lemon

In a sauce pan, on medium heat, melt the honey, molasses, vanilla, brown sugar, salt and peanut butter until smooth, turn off the heat and allow to cool 10 minutes.  In a large mixing bowl, combine the cereal, craisins, cashews, almonds, lemon zest and semi-sweet chocolate chips, then slowly pour in the honey mixture, stirring until everything is evenly coated.  Pour into a 13 x 9 inch parchment lined pan, cover with another sheet of parchment and allow to cool in the refrigerator for at least an hour before cutting.


  1. Oh wow, this sounds like one intense bar! So many flavors - I'd be interested to try these :)

  2. I am totally with you in needing to prepare snacks ahead of time, or I made unwise food choices. This would definitely sate my sweet tooth and I love all the healthy ingredients. Yum!!

  3. I am all for the grain bars. A few of these will leave you full for hours! This has a great blend of ingredients. The chocolate is just enough to get your sweet fix while the other is just healthy goodness. I have saved this recipe, great post.

  4. I discoverd Cracklin Oat Bran in college and it by far is my favorite cereal. Once I start I have a really hard time stopping. I limit my amounts but only buying it every so often. Then it is a mad race between me and my husband to finish the box.

  5. Ha I agree w/Emily. I love Cracklin' Oat Bran a little too much!

  6. What a great idea and terrific recipe! I love that you have healthy snacks available to much on. I try to keep fresh veggies readily available, but I suspect this would keep me from reaching for the junk food!

  7. I LOVEEEEEE cracklin' oat bran! It was my favorite cereal growing up, so I have no doubt I would love these!

  8. What an awesome looking snack! My kids would really love them.