A favourite snack for kids and adults alike, this bar can be made ahead and wrapped individually for lunches. The grapefruit juice infuses the cranberries to soften then and brighten their tangy bite.
1/2 cup (175 mL) Florida Grapefruit Juice
1/3 cup (75 mL) dried cranberries
2 cups (500 mL) store bought granola cereal
1 cup (250 mL) quick cooking oats
1/2 cup (125 mL) all purpose flour
1/2 cup (125 mL) chocolate covered raisins
1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground cinnamon
1/2 cup (125 mL) liquid honey
1/4 cup (50 mL) canola oil
1/4 cup (50 mL) packed brown sugar
1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla
In a small bowl, combine grapefruit juice and cranberries and Microwave on High for about 1 minute or until bubbling. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine granola, oatmeal, flour, chocolate covered raisins and cinnamon. In another bowl, whisk together honey, egg, oil, sugar and vanilla. Pour over granola mixture and add cranberry mixture and stir until well moistened. Scrape and press evenly into a parchment paper lined 9 inch (2.5 L) square baking pan. Bake in 325 F (160 C) oven for about 35 minutes or until lightly browned around edges and firm in centre. Let cool before cutting into bars.
Makes 12 bars.
Tip: Wrap bars individually and store at room temperature for up to 2 days or refrigerate for up to 5 days. To freeze bars, rewrap in foil or place wrapped bars in airtight container and freeze for up to 2 weeks. Frozen granola bars will be a bit softer in texture once thawed.