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hazelnut, dark cherry & chocolate granola bars | superman cooks

Hazelnut, Dark Cherry & Chocolate Granola Bars

  • Author: Superman Cooks
  • Prep Time: 25 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Yield: 12-14 small bars 1x
  • Category: snacks


A sweet, satisfying and somewhat healthy treat (adapted from Barefoot Contessa)


  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 c raw almonds, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 c hazelnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 c toasted wheat germ
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 2/3 c honey
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup dried dark cherries
  • 1 1/2 3.5 oz bars good dark chocolate (we used Perugina 70% cacao), roughly chopped


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line 9 X 13" baking dish with parchment paper (or aluminum foil and coat with cooking spray) and set aside.
  3. Spread rolled oats, chopped almonds, and chopped hazelnuts onto baking sheet and bake (to toast) for 10 minutes.
  4. Transfer the toasted mixture into a large mixing bowl. Add in wheat germ and combine.
  5. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees.
  6. In a small sauce pan, mix together vanilla, brown sugar, honey, butter and salt.
  7. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat, stirring for about 2 minutes.
  8. Pour the sugar mixture over the oat/nut mixture and combine well.
  9. Mix in dried cherries and chocolate pieces
  10. Pour granola mixture into baking dish, and wetting fingertips, press down granola, evenly distributing it in the dish.
  11. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown.
  12. Let cool for 3 hours before cutting into bars or squares

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