If you love granola bars, but are not crazy about chocolate, (perish the thought) there are plenty other options. Dried fruit and citrus always pair well together. Personally speaking, the combination of lemon and blueberry is one of the best.
Sweet, tangy and chewy, these healthy bars are a nice breakfast, lunchbox treat or snack. You’ll feel good about feeding them to your family and they’ll think you’re a total rock star in the kitchen.
Experiment with other flavors and combinations.
These bars are slightly softer than the cranberry orange and chocolate granola bars. Store them, tightly covered in the fridge, if needed.
Lemon and Blueberry Granola Bars
Makes 12 bars
- 2 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 1/2 cup dried blueberries
Preheat oven to 325.
Line an 8 or 9 inch square pan with foil. Lightly spray with cooking spray.
Spread oats and nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake 5 minutes; stir and bake another 5 or minutes until lightly toasted and fragrant. Transfer to a large bowl.
In a saucepan, combine butter, honey and brown sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until butter melts and the sugar completely dissolves and mixture is slightly bubbly. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
Pour butter mixture over oats and nuts. Add lemon juice, lemon zest and dried blueberries. Mix well.