Cranberry and nut granola bars

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    30 min

    This is a fast and totally addicting recipe. It's easy to adjust to your tastes or what's in your cupboard - try adding chocolate chips, coconut, raisins, dried cherries or a spoonful of peanut butter. You'll be making this every week!


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    Ingredients
    Makes: 24 granola bars

    • 160g quick-cooking oats
    • 80g jumbo oats
    • 70g pumpkin seeds
    • 60g flaked almonds
    • 140g mixed nuts
    • 120g dried cranberries
    • 1 (400g) tin sweetened condensed milk

    Method
    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Preheat an oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Line a baking tin with lightly-greased parchment; 2cm or so of parchment should stick up on 2 sides to form lifting handles.
    2. Mix the quick-cooking oats, jumbo oats, pumpkin seeds, almonds, mixed nuts, cranberries and sweetened condensed milk together in a bowl; spread into the prepared tin, evenly pressing into the corners and out to the sides.
    3. Bake in the preheated oven until the edges are golden brown, 20-25 minutes, using slightly less time for chewier bars and slightly more time for crunchier bars.
    4. Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the tin before using the paper edges to lift the whole slab out of the tin. Use a sharp knife to cut into bars. Let the bars cool completely and store in an airtight container.

    Tip:

    It's easier to press the oat mixture into the tin using wet hands or a wet spatula. The water keeps the oat mixture from sticking to you or your utensil.

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    109

    I am never buying granola bars from the store again. I used only the quick cooking oats, added sunflower seeds and omitted the mixed nuts. I also added a pinch of cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. Baked these suckers for 10 minutes. And now I'm stuffing my face with one. Delicious.  -  26 May 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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    71

    my husband does not like nuts so i just omitted them altogether. substituted 1 cup raisins and 1/2 cup craisins (dried cranberries) and used 3 cups old-fashioned oats. i added about 1/2 brown sugar 1/2 tsp cinnamon mixed it up really good before adding the sweetened condensed milk. after pressing into the pan i drizzled some honey on the top along with a cinnamon sugar blend. ooohhhhhh it was so good. my husband and my 5 year old beg me to make this. making it at least twice a week.  -  26 Jun 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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    67

    AWESOME recipe! I make these for snacks for my kids (and hubby) to take to school. My daughter has a peanut allergy, and many store bought granola bars have peanut flour. So, I tried these, and we fell in love with the taste and simplicity! I make a double batch, individually cut and bag them, and stick them in the freezer. I do not use the parchment paper as a liner, but do use it to push them down firmly into the pan. I also have used a super-easy, no cook recipe on here for Sweetened Condensed milk, which works fabulously if you don't have it on hand. I only had old-fashioned oats, and did not miss the quick-cooking oats. I have tried all sorts of variations, such as chocolate chip and cinnamon raisin. Thanks for a fabulous recipe, that has become a staple in our house!  -  11 Aug 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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