Strawberry-Ginger Granola Bars are full of delicious, good-for-you ingredients. They make an excellent snack for the trail, the office or just lounging at home with a good book.
On my fall adventure trip a couple weeks back I picked up a local brand of granola bar. They were named after the Adirondacks – DAK bars – so I decided to try them out! It was my mid-hike snack and I love it so much that I carried the wrapper in my pocket for the entire treacherous hike. At the summit the strong winds tried to pry it from my unzipped pocket, but I sprang after it and caught it! Phew! I really wanted to replicate it at home! 🙂
So here you have it – the Strawberry-Ginger Granola Bar. It took me two attempts to get it just how I remembered. Full of gingery zing, selectively dotted with strawberries and a nice crisp crunch.
Like any granola bar that’s out of the wrapper, it will get less crisp with time. I suggest you freeze them to keep them crunchy. So here’s your inspiration to get out and enjoy the nice fall weather before it’s gone!
Pack a granola bar and hit the trail!
- 1 cup rolled oats, toasted
- ⅓ cup finely chopped walnuts
- 2 tbs hemp seeds
- 1 tbs chia seeds
- 1 tbs ground flax seeds
- 2 tsp nutritional yeast
- ⅓ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- ¼ cup finely diced crystallized ginger
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- 1 cup freeze dried strawberries, chopped into bite sized pieces
- ½ cup honey
- 1 tbs vanilla
- Toast the oats in a 350 F oven for 10-15 minutes, stirring every 5 min until starting to brown.
- In the meantime, mix all the other dry ingredients in a large bowl. Set aside.
- When the oats are done, turn down the oven to 325 F. Add the oats to a Cuisinart or blender and pulse a few times to break up the pieces. This makes it easier for the bars to bind together as a nice compact bar.
- Add oats to the bowl with the rest of the dry ingredients and mix to incorporate.
- Warm honey and vanilla in a small saucepan over low heat. Once the honey has loosened pour over the dry ingredients. Mix well with a wooden spoon until everything is coated with honey.
- Coat a 9 x 9 square pan with cooking spray + place a strip of parchment across one side so that the edges hang over the sides. This will serve as handles to help you lift the bars out of the pan.
- Add the mixture to the pan and press flat with wet hands or the back of a wet flat surface (I used a metal measuring cup). Compressing the mixture evenly so you end up with a compact bar about ½" thick.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until edges are beginning to brown.
- Let cool and harden completely before removing and slicing.
Why limit yourself to strawberry?
You can choose any dried fruit and create your own blend!