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!

    5 from 2 votes

    Cranberry Pistachio Granola Bars

    The perfect snack for putting in a plastic bag for traveling, picnics, or even kids' lunches!
    Prep Time: 2 hrs 5 mins
    Total Time: 2 hrs 5 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 12 -14
    Calories: 182kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 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


    • Lightly grease a 13x18-inch jelly roll baking sheet, set aside.
    • In a large bowl, stir together oats, pistachios, cranberries, and chia seeds. Set aside.
    • 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.
    • Pour the mixture over the dry ingredients and mix together until just moistened.
    • 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.
    • Let cool in refrigerator for 2 hours then cut them into bars.


    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. :)
    Nutrition Facts
    Cranberry Pistachio Granola Bars
    Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
    Calories 182 Calories from Fat 63
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 7g11%
    Carbohydrates 29g10%
    Fiber 3g12%
    Sugar 18g20%
    Protein 3g6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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  • Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness says:

    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!

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

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

  • Leah | So, How's It Taste? says:

    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!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    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!

  • Ali | Gimme Some Oven says:

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

  • marla says:

    Love these colorful & healthy bars!

  • Jenny Flake says:

    These look so good Julie! Great colors!!

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

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

  • Maria says:

    Love these bars!

  • Rebecca says:

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

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

  • Nathalie @ devoted foodie says:

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

  • Gaby says:

    Love this combo! Perfect snack!

  • Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats says:

    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

  • Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron says:

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

  • Kathryn says:

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

  • Kathy @ Olives & Garlic says:

    These are perfect snacks to keep at work.

  • cheri says:

    Love this combination, these bars look wonderful.

  • Heather Christo says:

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

  • Jess @ says:

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

  • Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out says:

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

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

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

  • Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen says:

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

  • Meredith says:

    Amazingly delicious, fabulous snack!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

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

  • Francesca says:

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

  • Erin says:

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

  • Lynna says:

    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.

  • Wendy says:

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

    • Julie says:

      Nope, I didn’t have to cook them.

  • Laura Dembowski says:

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

  • Abida khan says:

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

  • Katherine says:

    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 says:

      They should last up to a week in the fridge!

  • Bobbi-Jo Power says:

    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 says:

      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.

  • Angela says:

    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 says:

      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!

  • Adriana says:

    Can I substitute Coconut Oil for the Butter?

    • Julie says:

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

  • Annelie says:

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

    • Julie says:

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

  • Jacklyn says:

    I like the simplicity of this recipe. I added a lot more honey then the recipe calls for, but overall it’s fantastic!

  • Lita Johnson says:

    A flawlessly perfect recipe!!! Huge hit at our house love it !

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