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Cranberry Pistachio Granola Bars

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Make a batch of these cranberry pistachio granola bars to take as a snack to the beach, pool, or even plane ride for happy campers while traveling!

This past weekend was a doozy. So many plans packed into two days. Weekends really should be Thursday – Sunday!

Oh my gosh, on Saturday night, Jason and I finished season 3 of Game of Thrones and we got to the Red Wedding episode and I’m still completely stunned by it. Like it was completely UNREAL. If you’ve seen it, you’ll know what I’m talking about. I remember when we were still on season 1 and everyone was talking about the Red Wedding. I have been waiting to see this episode for so long and now that I have, I can’t even begin to erase it from my memory. Which lead me to finally go watch the “reactions to the Red Wedding” compilation video on YouTube (spoiler alert: if you haven’t seen it, don’t click that link!). Pretty sure Jason & I reacted the same exact way as everyone in the video. Hands over our mouth, wide-eyed, and saying, “no no nooooo!” Oh man, GoT…one of the best shows out there!! I can’t wait to dive into season 4 and be caught up. Although, do I really want to be caught up? Not sure I can wait that long for season 5 ;)

Make a batch of these cranberry pistachio granola bars to take as a snack to the beach, pool, or even plane ride for happy campers while traveling!

 

Make a batch of these cranberry pistachio granola bars to take as a snack to the beach, pool, or even plane ride for happy campers while traveling!

I don’t make granola bars nearly enough. They’re so easy and they’re a great snack to have during the day when the craving for something sweet or something not so good for you hits! I love the combination of cranberry and pistachios. I see them often in trail mixes so I figured I’d throw them in this granola bar! I added chia seeds, too, because why not? They’re all the rage right now and they’re good for you; as is everything else in this cranberry pistachio granola bar! Whip up a batch and put them in snack bags to take to the beach, on a plane, or to the pool!

Make a batch of these cranberry pistachio granola bars to take as a snack to the beach, pool, or even plane ride for happy campers while traveling!

Cranberry Pistachio Granola Bars
Prep Time
2 hrs 5 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 5 mins
 

The perfect snack for putting in a plastic bag for traveling, picnics, or even kids' lunches!

Servings: 12 -14
Ingredients
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup shelled, unsalted pistachios, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup or 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Lightly grease a 13x18-inch jelly roll baking sheet, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together oats, pistachios, cranberries, and chia seeds. Set aside.
  3. In a medium pot, melt the butter, honey, and brown sugar together until it comes to a bubble. Reduce the heat then cook for 2 minutes more. Add vanilla to the pot and stir.
  4. Pour the mixture over the dry ingredients and mix together until just moistened.
  5. Pour onto prepared baking sheet and press out to about 3/4 inch thick - if your sheet is too big, you can press them all to one half of the baking sheet to make them thicker.
  6. Let cool in refrigerator for 2 hours then cut them into bars.
Recipe Notes

These bars are very soft, unlike regular granola bars. Just keep that in mind that after you take them out of the fridge and cut them, sitting at room temperature, the bars will soften. :)

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Posted on June 23, 2014

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  1. 06/23/2014 at 6:41 am

    Cranberries and pistachios together are the perfect marriage.
    Don’t tell my husband I said that ;)
    I don’t make granolers nearly enough either, so these must happen in my life. Gorgeous photos too! Pinned!

  2. 06/23/2014 at 6:41 am

    These are so pretty!! And totally up my alley for the granola bars I like. Yum!

  3. 06/23/2014 at 7:54 am

    I’m totally making these asap! I made some scones with cranberries and pistachios once and that combo is so stinkin’ good! I bet these are fantastic and I love that they’re soft. Right up my alley!

  4. 06/23/2014 at 8:17 am

    I still haven’t seen that show but brief trailers here or there. Maybe one of these days we’ll find a way to watch it. Until then… pass me a granola bar!

  5. 06/23/2014 at 8:24 am

    Cranberry + pistachios is the best combo! These look gorgeous!

  6. 06/23/2014 at 8:37 am

    Love these colorful & healthy bars!

  7. 06/23/2014 at 8:52 am

    These look so good Julie! Great colors!!

  8. 06/23/2014 at 9:35 am

    So we are traveling to France at the end of July and I am so making these for the long flight!!

  9. 06/23/2014 at 9:50 am

    Love these bars!

  10. 06/23/2014 at 9:52 am

    Pinned it :D I so want to try this :)
    thanks, rebecca

  11. 06/23/2014 at 11:30 am

    I’m with you, I dont make granola bars nearly enough. These look great!

  12. 06/23/2014 at 11:32 am

    I’m constantly looking for new granola recipes; I will have to give these a try. Looks delicious :)

  13. 06/23/2014 at 12:51 pm

    Love this combo! Perfect snack!

  14. 06/23/2014 at 3:33 pm

    I have been loving pistachios lately! This granola bar sounds like the perfect thing to munch on in the afternoon! Gorgeous pictures too girl! Pinned

  15. 06/23/2014 at 4:22 pm

    That red wedding episode was brutal! Your granola bars look delish, love cranberry and pistachio, they are just perfect together.

  16. 06/23/2014 at 4:24 pm

    I was just thinking this weekend that I need to make more granola bars and here you are with the most perfect recipe!

  17. 06/23/2014 at 9:53 pm

    These are perfect snacks to keep at work.

  18. 06/24/2014 at 12:17 am

    Love this combination, these bars look wonderful.

  19. 06/24/2014 at 7:54 am

    These are seriously lovely. I am going to make these GF for my kids!

  20. 06/24/2014 at 10:12 am

    I love homemade granola bars. Loving the combination of flavours- super delicious recipe.

  21. 06/24/2014 at 11:08 am

    These look great! I love cranberries and pistachios together. I’ll probably need to make these for work snacks soon!

  22. 06/24/2014 at 2:23 pm

    These homemade granola bars look amazing and they contain all of my favourite flavours!

  23. 06/24/2014 at 9:23 pm

    Oh my gosh Julie – these granola bars look absolutely AMAZING. Not only is your photography beautiful, but the recipe – FABulous!

  24. 06/24/2014 at 11:39 pm

    Amazingly delicious, fabulous snack!

  25. 06/25/2014 at 1:00 am

    These bars look killer, love the cranberry-pistachio combo!

  26. 06/26/2014 at 12:17 pm

    I always thought of these as such a mystery…. I can totally do this!

  27. 06/26/2014 at 8:42 pm

    can’t wait to have a kitchen again so i can make these!!!

  28. 06/27/2014 at 4:13 pm

    These look amazing!!!! Almonst like those Kind bars that I love to eat.

    Haha, I dont want GOT, but I feel like I will be soon. Everyone around me watches it.

  29. Wendy
    07/03/2014 at 3:16 pm

    You don’t have to cook them? Seems like the oats would still taste raw.

    • Julie
      07/03/2014 at 8:22 pm

      Nope, I didn’t have to cook them.

  30. 07/13/2014 at 8:18 am

    These are soon to become my go to breakfast. I didn’t know Diamond had shelled unsalted pistachios. I need to check those out!

  31. Abida khan
    09/07/2014 at 2:02 am

    Will make these bars for sure . Look so pretty and yummy , besides no cooking !

  32. Katherine
    01/03/2015 at 9:52 pm

    Hi! I just made these (and are currently chilling in the fridge). If I bar them up, place in baggies and keep in the fridge, any idea how long they’ll stay good for? Thanks much!

    • Julie
      01/04/2015 at 6:19 pm

      They should last up to a week in the fridge!

  33. Bobbi-Jo Power
    02/10/2015 at 1:09 pm

    These are so yummy, do you think if I cooked them some they would harden some? They are little messy for my kids. And do you have the nutritional value calculated?

    • Julie
      02/11/2015 at 9:39 am

      I’m not sure! I haven’t tried. I would imagine they would harden a bit. I don’t calculate nutritional information – you can check the FAQs as to why.

  34. Angela
    02/22/2016 at 9:23 pm

    Hi, made these and it tastes great! And you said they should be soft but for some reason mine don’t hold formation at all! Ayden suggestions? Followed the recipe as close as I could except used coconut palm sugar instead of brown sugar !

    • Julie
      02/23/2016 at 7:23 am

      Did you put it in the fridge to let it set? If you did, I would suggest adding more oats to the mixture so it can hold its shape more and I’ve never used coconut palm sugar in this but I do know that it’s a little more coarse than brown sugar, so that might be an issue too. Hopefully this helps!

  35. Adriana
    03/08/2017 at 12:51 pm

    Can I substitute Coconut Oil for the Butter?

    • Julie
      03/09/2017 at 7:52 am

      I haven’t tried that way but it should work.

  36. Annelie
    10/22/2017 at 3:12 pm

    your cranberry pistachio granola bar does not say at what temperature to bake it!

    • Julie
      10/22/2017 at 3:18 pm

      yes, this is because you don’t bake them lol

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