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.
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
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.
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.
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?