Friday, March 05, 2010

Cherry Almond Granola Bars

cherry almond granola

Today has been...less than great.

I woke up thinking I wouldn’t be able to bake at all, we were all out of propane. But then! Our tank was filled! I was feeling optimistic. I baked up some fantastically tasty granola bars.

dried cherries

When they had cooled, I headed downstairs to take photos. I set up the table, took a few shots, and then it happened. The cat jumped through the window, onto the cooling rack the bars were sitting on and flipped them all onto the floor. Every last one of them.

That’s not that bad, right? I mean, it’s a annoying, but it’s also kind of funny. You should have seen it, it was like something out of a cartoon.

cherry almond granola bars

I proceeded to clean up the mess, then I grabbed my camera by the strap, not realizing it was wrapped around the corner of the table. The lens slammed down on the table, breaking my filter and jamming the lens so it won’t focus. Now I have no granola bars and no lens. Bummer, dude.

So, no more posts around here until I get my lens fixed. But you should make these bars in the mean time! They are really, really good, I hate that I only got to take a couple of bites! Cherry and almond are made for each other, and the honey accents the flavors perfectly.

When I come back, I’m going to be sure to tell you all about the mandarin orange frozen yogurt I made today, but didn’t get to take pictures of. It was tasty.

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Cherry Almond Granola Bars
adapted from Alton Brown

2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 1/3 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 (or more) cup dried cherries

Butter a 9 by 9-inch glass baking dish and set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Spread the oats, almonds, and wheat germ onto a half-sheet pan. Place in the oven and toast for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

In the meantime, combine the honey, brown sugar, butter, extract and salt in a medium saucepan and place over medium heat. Cook until the brown sugar has completely dissolved.

Once the oat mixture is done, remove it from the oven and reduce the heat to 300 degrees F. Immediately add the oat mixture to the liquid mixture, add the dried fruit, and stir to combine. Turn mixture out into the prepared baking dish and press down, evenly distributing the mixture in the dish and place in the oven to bake for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Cut into squares and store in an airtight container for up to a week.

146 comments:

  1. I'm sorry that you had such a bad day! If it's any consolation, these granola bars (and your photos) look fantastic.

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  2. Oh my, I'm sorry to hear about your lens, at least you were able to see the humor in your cat making a mess.

    mandarin orange frozen yogurt sounds fantastic i can't wait to read about it (and probably make it too :P)

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  3. oh, that is a bad day. you have a great attitude about it though - i dig that. these bars sounds so yummy.

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  4. They look so scrumptious! I will definitely try this recipe!
    Sorry about your camera :/

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  5. I am SO making these! And I'm super sorry about your lens, total bummer :(

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  6. Sorry about the the lens but still thank you for the wonderful photos and a great recipe.

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  7. i feel your pain. my cat is always getting into my food shoots. (see end of this post http://vanillaandlace.blogspot.com/2009/11/pumpkin-spice-latte.html )

    hope you get your lens fixed asap, and with minimal costs. what a bummer.

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  8. Ooof..what a story! Yikes! When I had my granola bar business this past summer Cherry Almond was one of the best sellers ;)

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  9. Ouf! And yet, you still managed to take gorgeous pictures.

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  10. I'm so sorry to hear about your accident. Your granola pictures will keep me going till your camera is fixed. :)

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  11. Im so so sorry to hear about the less than stellar day however your enchanting photography skills are shining :) looks and sounds fabulous!!

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  12. Dried cherries are a comfort food for me - they remind me of spending summers in Northern Michigan on the lake w/ my family. These look delish, Hannah. And as usual, your photography is stunning.

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  13. Ah, they look delicious! It's amazing that you were able to produce these lovely photos, even with all the mishaps.

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  14. So sorry to hear about your lens, and your bad day in general! Hope things turn around soon. On the bright side, these granola bars look amazing! Yum :)

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  15. I'm so sorry about your camera lens! Sometimes we all have days like that I think, at least I know I do. Your cat sounds like it gets into the same sort of trouble as my toddler!

    These look great! I've never had much luck with granola bars, mine always come out sticky on the bottom and if I cook them longer they burn on top. Not sure what I'm doing wrong.

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  16. I must try these...they look amazing!
    sorry about the lens~~

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  17. I just made granola bars last week - delicious! Thanks for more inspiration, your photos are gorgeous!

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  18. Hi Hannah! I have been following your blog for a few months and I really like it! Girl, you have the best recipes. I love your napkin choice in the pictures! I have the same ones from Anthropologie. Keep it coming, I love everything you post!

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  19. Darn cats, mine is always hoping up on the table too, luckily she hasn't knocked anything over yet. Sorry to hear your camera had to get involved, I hope it's a quick fix because that mandarin orange frozen yogurt sounds tasty! And these granola bars sound like the perfect snack too!

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  20. Oh no, Hannah! Not having your camera working must feel so wrong to you (and to all of us!). I hope it has a speedy recovery.

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  21. i just found out your blog through foodgawker. i'm sorry to read about what happen to your camera, i must say i love your photos and blog!

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  22. My mouth is watering!

    Check me out:

    www.brisbanebaker.blogspot.com

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  23. Oh no... So sorry for ur camera, but then again, ur encounterance w the cat is annoying yet cute! Not somethg typical u could've asked for!

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  24. I would have eaten them off the floor! How bad does that sound?!

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  25. I love the pictures! The Granola recipe looks very tasty as well!

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  26. I've just stumbled on your blog...how can you be so young and talented and seem to be such an incredible person???
    I'am in awe !!! All my admiration !!!, and about the lens...well, life happens!
    Looking at your photos today was my time of "bonheur"...
    Merci ! Muchas gracias !

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  27. when it rains, it pours, right? sorry for all your woes (darn cat), but at least you had some hearty and healthy granola to ease the pain. :)

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  28. what a bummer, Hannah! I hope you can get a new lens soon.

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  29. That doesn't sound like fun. It looks like the recipe worked though. Hope you're able to get a new lens soon!

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  30. Oh, that sounds terrible (the day, not the recipe)! Hope you can get your lens fixed soon. I will definitely miss your pretty pictures. These bars look GREAT!

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  31. So sorry you had such a crappy day...but you did get granola bars out of the deal, so it's actually not too bad. In fact, I've never been successful making granola bars as they always fall apart into tasty granola, so I'm jealous.

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  32. Oh my goodness, sounds like something that would happen around here. A real CAT-astrophe! (sorry, couldn't resist). The granola looks so yummy!

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  33. I have made my own granola for over 30 years. It is such a pleasure to see such a beautiful post about shuch yummy nutritious, delicious, and economical food. Bravo!
    Valerie

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  34. Aww what a nightmare! I adore these bars and your photos though, hope your day got better.
    Hannah

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  35. I hope it's a small consolation to know that the last photos you took were outstanding (the recipe sounds great too)!

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  36. Looks good much better than anything prepackaged.

    I wish my days switched around just like that!
    ~ingrid

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  37. Sorry to hear about your misfortune - tomorrow should be better though! These granola bars look great!!!

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  38. I'm so sorry to hear about your camera! I hope you get it fixed and working sooner than you bake your next batch of cookies.

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  39. Durn cat! Though it says something about her master that several fine photos (and a smashing sounding recipe) emerged from the chaos, anyway. Best of luck with that lens.

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  40. cherries and almonds. ahh, that sounds so good this morning that i might have to make them tonight.

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  41. Yikes! Sorry to hear about your lens. But these photographs are lovely, as always.

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  42. These look awesome. You always bake just what I need!

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  43. And, did you see? The treasury made it to the FP! Yay!

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  44. Glad I'm not the only one who has to beware of the cat when taking food photos! Hope your camera gets better soon :)

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  45. I hope your camera gets better, I miss your posts!

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  46. Hello Hannah, I just discovered your blog this ev. and think it's wonderful. Your photos are very original as well as being beautiful !
    Faithfully,

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  47. Hi Hannah, What a beautiful blog an photography. For such a young person, you are very talented. Love it. I'm looking forward to you having a new filter so we can see more or your work.

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  48. The food-blog goddesses have blessed me with your post!

    I've fallen out of love with Starbuck's KIND fruit and nut bars, yet I need a nutty nibble to hold me over on the bus ride from work.

    This is perfect. Thank you.

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  49. Love the napkins, the granola bars sound divine. I make my own granola, seems to be a short step to bars. I will definitely try. The lens, I'm so sorry to hear about what's happened. I'm afraid, I wouldn't have the amount of coolness in me that you so spectacularly display. Hope you'll get your lens back real quick.

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  50. hannah! these looks so tasty, i would like to crumble one in my less than exciting greek yogurt right about now. Why must you live so far when i need you? ;)

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  51. what a talented lady you are. beautiful, mouth-watering pictures and lovely styling. have a wonderful week!

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  52. Merci beaucoup pour cette recette!
    J'ai juste une question à propos de tasse, l'unité ..
    Je suis français, et Je Voudrais savoir quel est l'équivalent d'Une tasse en grammes ou en litres ..

    Merci beaucoup!

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  53. I know it's fixed by now, but I'm wincing about your lens. OW! The granola recipe sounds (and looks) so yummy. Would definitely beat the bars I stash in my desk :)

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  54. i love your bloggy.....yeah...so sweet and yummy.....spring time...yahooooo

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  55. Oh these are delicious! I made them with the addition of white chocolate chips and they were very much enjoyed! I'd love to feature them on my site www.canigettherecipe.com with full links and credits to you if you're keen. Please let me know ASAP!

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  56. Love your blog but these are too sweet!
    Just made them. : )

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