Earlier this week, I was in the mood to bake. It had been way too long since I made any sort of fun new granola bar, and I wanted something I could enjoy as an easy snack in the afternoon. A little while later, and a new creation was born: Spiced Cherry Pecan Granola Bars. Gluten-free and dairy-free friendly, too!
Here is my arsenal of ingredients, ready to go! I got creative with what I had on hand, eventually adding some coconut flour to the mix, too. These would also be great with fresh cherries instead of dried – just pit and chop the cherries!
I didn’t get any pictures of the process, but when I mixed everything together, it was like rice krispie cereal – snap, crackle, pop! – due to the rice cereal! It would be a fun one to make with kids. :)
If you’re looking for a new grab and go granola bar option, give these a shot! They’ve got protein from the eggs, lots of healthy fiber from the oats and ground flaxseed, and healthy fat from the pecans and flaxseed, too. The perfect combination to fuel you for a busy day.
Spiced Cherry Pecan Granola Bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Need a quick and easy on-the-go snack recipe? Look no farther. These granola bars are packed with nutrition, delicious, and simple to make, too.
Ingredients (12 bars)
- 2 C crispy brown rice puffed cereal (I used Erewhon brand’s gluten free option)
- 1 C rolled oats (gluten free certified if necessary)
- 1/3 C coconut flour
- 1/2 C ground flaxseed
- 1/3 C chopped pecans
- 1/3 C dried cherries (or fresh cherries, pitted and chopped)
- 1/2 C brown sugar
- 3 Tbsp. cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp. nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 & 1/3 C Almond Breeze unsweetened vanilla almondmilk
- 2 eggs
- 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 375.
In two separate bowls, mix dry ingredients, then wet ingredients. Pour wet into dry, mixing until combined.
Pour batter into a cooking-sprayed baking dish.
Bake 20 minutes. Cut into bars and cool on cooling rack.
Enjoy! These will keep for about a week or so in the fridge, or you can freeze them, individually wrapped, for later.
I’ve been enjoying these on their own as a snack, and for breakfast I crumble them on top of cottage cheese or plain yogurt with some berries to tide me over longer.
Like the sound of these bars? You might also like my:
- Vegan & Gluten Free Granola Bars
- 5-Minute No Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars (vegan, gluten free if you use GF certified oats)
- Almond Butter Banana Breakfast Bars (vegan)
- Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Granola Bars
- Dark Chocolate Quinoa Bars (gluten free)
This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze. As always, all opinions are my own. Previous Almond Breeze recipe creations: