Chocolate Cherry Granola Bars
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups oats, divided
  • ⅓ cup to sugar
  • 1 cup pecans
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut
  • ½ cup chocolate chips or chopped chocolate (any kind you like)
  • ¼ cup dried cherries, chopped
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • ⅓ cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 6 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 6 Tbsp. agave syrup or honey
  • 1 Tbsp. water
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly butter a 9-inch square baking pan. Cut a rectangle of parchment paper to line the bottom and two sides of the dish, leaving a little overhang. Press the parchment paper into the dish. Lightly grease the parchment paper.
  2. Put ⅓ cup of the oats in the bowl of a food processor. Process until finely ground.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together the remaining 1⅔ cup oats, ground oats, sugar, pecans, coconut, chocolate chips, dried cherries, and salt.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, vanilla, melted butter, agave or honey, and water. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients, and stir well, until the mixture is evenly moistened. Transfer to the prepared pan, pressing the mixture firmly to ensure that it molds to the shape of the pan.
  5. Bake the bars for about 30 minutes, or until they’re brown around the edges and just beginning to color on top, too.
  6. Transfer the pan to a rack, and allow the bars to cool completely in the pan. When cool, run a sharp knife along the edges of the pan; then pull up on the parchment paper to lift the sheet of bars out of the pan. Cut the bars into squares.
Recipe by Sprung At Last at http://www.sprungatlast.com/2013/04/chocolate-cherry-granola-bars/