Strawberry Chocolate Granola Bars

This post should have been up Thursday….BLURGH!!!  I was distracted, my brand new car with only 6000 miles has to have surgery.   It is my work car, and thankfully under warranty.  So I have a rental car…..AND I soooo miss my sweet little Dinah (my car’s name!)

Sooooooo….finally I will post this fun recipe!  I just read on Driscoll’s Twitter and Facebook status that May is National Strawberry Month.  I had no idea!  AND I made two strawberry treats last weekend just because, BONUS!

This recipe is really versatile, you know I try to make treats that can easily be changed to your diet preference.  Several years ago I was watching Barefoot Contessa on FoodNetwork, and fell in love with her homemade granola bar recipe.  Since then I have made this recipe with so many different variations, my favorite would be including butterscotch chips!

Since we are celebrating strawberry month, let’s enjoy some fresh strawberries in this fun variation of granola bars!

You could buy dried strawberries, OR you could buy fresh strawberries at the farmers market and dehydrate them.  I decided to go fresh, that sounds so much more fun, right?  I just needed to get most of the liquid out of the strawberries, so that my bars still held together well.  Just slice a pint of strawberries, place them on a slotted pan, and place that slotted pan on another pan that will catch juices, and bake at 250 degrees Fahrenheit, for about an hour, (it may take up to two hours.)  Turn the slices of strawberries a few times during the cooking process.  I have a gas oven, so times could vary for everyone.


Yields 12

Strawberry Chocolate Granola Bars

Sweet flavor of strawberries swirled in each bite, topped with a rich flavor of chocolate! Perfect for breakfast, or an easy snack on-the-go!

2 hoursPrep Time

25 minsCook Time

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Ingredients

2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup pecans, diced
1 cup shredded coconut
1/3 cup flax seed meal
3 Tbsp unsalted butter
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup strawberry butter (if you do not have, substitute with 1/3 cup honey)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp almond extract
1 cup dried strawberries (If you dehydrate, will make almost a full cup.)
8 oz of semi sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Grease a 9 x 13 pan, and line the pan with parchment paper, then spray pan again, sit it aside.

Line baking sheet with parchment paper, and place oats, pecans, and coconut on pan. Toast for 10-12 minutes depending on oven. Stir frequently until lightly browned. Transfer toasted oats, pecans, and coconut to large mixing bowl, add in flax seed meal and mix well.

Reduce oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

In small sauce pot - add butter, honey, strawberry butter, brown sugar, almond extract, and bring to a boil over medium heat, stir for one minute. Then pour mixture over toasted oats in large mixing bowl.

Add dried strawberries into the oat mixture,and mix well. Place in greased pan, and push down well, you can use a buttered spatula to push down mixture.

Bake granola bars for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown. Blast chill bars in freezer for 30 minutes, then cut into 12 bars.

Melt chocolate, and use knife to spread about 2 tablespoons of melted chocolate over top of each individual bar. Blast chill in freezer for another 15 minutes to set chocolate.

Enjoy!

Notes

I melted the chocolate in a simple double boiler, (a sauce pot with small amount of water, place bowl over pot, put burner on medium heat,) and melt chocolate. Be careful to not burn chocolate, with the small amount it will melt quickly.

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Did you notice I added strawberry butter….OH MY WORD it was delicious!  I found it on my travels here in North Carolina.  Love finding fun local treats.

I promise to have a extra special surprise next week, we bought a late anniversary gift.  Since we have been together a wonderful 15 years, we decided to get a treat that can be enjoyed all summer long!

What is your favorite way to make your granola bars?  What is your favorite strawberry treat to make?

 

 

 

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  • I'm sorry to hear your car has to go into the shop, but it'll be good as new soon!  Those strawberry bars look great!  The addition of strawberry butter is a great idea.  I like to make strawberry butter, but the compound kind.  As for how like my granola bars - usually with chocolate chips ;) Looking forward to your 15th anniversary surprise!
  • Hello Strawberry Granola Bars!! & Topped with chocolate, why you tease me like that :)  great recipe terra, these look perfect for strawberry month. 
  • Sorry to hear about your car. These bars look great, though!
  • Strawberry granola??  holy cow this sounds good!
  • EA Stewart
    Love Ina's recipes, and these strawberry granola bars sound divine! I had no idea it was national strawberry month, but makes sense. Strawberry butter? That's a new one for me too! Looking forward to your special surprise, and hope Dinah gets well soon :-)
  • EA Stewart
    Love Ina's recipes, and these strawberry granola bars sound divine! I had no idea it was national strawberry month, but makes sense. Strawberry butter? That's a new one for me too! Looking forward to your special surprise, and hope Dinah gets well soon :-)
  • EA Stewart
    Love Ina's recipes, and these strawberry granola bars sound divine! I had no idea it was national strawberry month, but makes sense. Strawberry butter? That's a new one for me too! Looking forward to your special surprise, and hope Dinah gets well soon :-)
  • EA Stewart
    Love Ina's recipes, and these strawberry granola bars sound divine! I had no idea it was national strawberry month, but makes sense. Strawberry butter? That's a new one for me too! Looking forward to your special surprise, and hope Dinah gets well soon :-)
  • Wow, these look like real granola bars, but I know they taste a heck of a lot better! So yummy with the dried berries...mmmmmm. Hope your car will be back home soon :)
  • I keep saying I am going to make my own granola bars but I still haven't done it...these look delicious!
  • These look amazing!!! I seriously need to make these soon - my husband would go nuts for them. Pinned! Hope your car is better soon :-/
  • Choc Chip Uru
    Too much delicious too much delicious :D I love homemade granola bars, especially if chocolate makes an appearance ;) Cheers Choc Chip Uru http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com/
  • These look beautiful and sound amazing! 
  • These look fabulous!!! I have to make granola bars soon, I keep telling my kids... B/W sorry to hear about ur car.. I hope your Dinah feels better soon. :-)
  • kitchenriffs
    Too bad about your car!  I hope you get it back soon.  And this is a seriously nice recipe - great flavors.  Nice post - thanks.
  • say what...?  Strawberry butter exists?! wow, that's kind of amazing! lol.  And I didn't know it was actually strawberry month either!! No wonder I've been loving them so much. :)  Great job with this recipe~the bars look gorgeous with all the fix-ins clearly showing.  I love it when you can see the ingredients in food b/c I find it to be appealing <3 Have a beautiful day!
  • These sound fantastic! I'm definitely going to be trying these soon. Thanks for a great recipe Terra! 
  • Dinha?? LOLOL I am going to tease u now till the end of days. LOL Yumm strawberry butter. Your granola bars would be perfect after my workout, for an energy boost!
    •  LOL!!!! I think Dinah is a fun name, you don't like it?  ha ha ha hah:-)  oxox
  • Yummy way to honor strawberry month! Hope Dinah gets better soon ;)
  • Love this recipe and the technique on drying the berries out! 
  • i havent done anything for national strawberry month1 time to change that..) these bars are so gorgeous and perfect! sorry about your car.. hope she comes home soon
  • Soni @ Soni’s Food for Thought
    Ooh these bars look so so delicious Terra!I've never made granola bars but you might have inspired me :)Love the use of fresh strawberries too! Hope 'Dinah' comes home soon :)
  • Karriann Graf
    Your granola bars look really good! Hope you'll get your car back really soon ;) "Happy Cooking"
  • I've never heard of your dehydrating trick before. I always thought I needed a special dehydrator, but love how doable this is!
    •  I always try to find easy ways to work with food, so I don't have to get all the fancy equipment:-)  Dehydrating the strawberries was easy and fun!  Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra