Filled with wholesale ingredients such as oats, fruits, nuts and seeds, this homemade Carob Granola Bar is so much better than any kind you’d buy at the store. Granola bars in supermarkets are normally preservative-laden cookies or candy bars masquerading as health food. These homemade granola bars do not sit in the same department. This recipe is designed to achieve a delicious treat that is simple to prepare and yet, it is packed with nourishment. Best of all, there is no baking involved!
Carob Granola Bar Key Ingredients
- Rolled Oats
- Slivered Almonds
- Dried Cranberries
- Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
- Roasted Sunflower Seeds
- Carob Powder
- Cocoa Butter
- Pure Vanilla Extract
It is tough to beat the perfect fusion of these ingredients. Each bite just melts in your mouth. It’s fiber-rich, nutrient-filled, and incredibly tasty. This homemade carob granola bar recipe is one of the simplest gourmet treats you could possibly make. The decadence of the seed, nut, fruit and oat combination is perfectly captured in this special snack bar.
This homemade granola bar recipe is yours to follow. If it is your first time to make one, use it as a starting point. However, its versatility offers room for other ingredients. Use homemade carob chips for example, if you’d prefer a sweeter profile. You may also add dried figs, apricots, dates and more to adjust sweetness levels and the entire flavor profile.
It is really up to you to tweak the granola bar elements to your liking. We really just want to highlight that you will need to use organic and real cocoa butter, vanilla extract, and the right type of carob powder. Not all carobs are created equal. So you’re in good hands with Australian Carobs.
Carob Granola Bar Recipe
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 2/3 cup sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 4 tbsps roasted pumpkin seeds, salted
- 2 tbsps roasted sunflower seeds
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup cocoa butter, food-grade/edible
- 2 tbsp butter, unsalted
- 2 tbsps light brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup The Australian Carob Co. Roasted or Raw Carob Powder
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Spread the oats and sliced almonds on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for 4 minutes. Stir for a bit after four minutes and bake for another 2-4 minutes or until just toasted.
- While that is in the oven, in a medium size bowl, combine the dried cranberries, salted pumpkin seeds, salted sunflower seeds, and cinnamon. Mix well.
- When the oats and almonds are toasted, remove from oven and let cool a little. Once cooled, add them to the bowl of seeds. Mix thoroughly and set aside.
- In a small pan, on medium to low heat, melt the unsalted butter and then add the sugar and salt. Stir the mixture on low heat until it is bubbly and frothy. Then add the edible cocoa butter. Stir on low heat until melted. The two butter don't combine so just continue stirring.
- Once the cocoa butter has melted, stir in the carob powder and remove from heat.
- Add the vanilla extract. Mix well.
- Pour the butter mixture over the oats and seeds mixture and mix until everything is well-combined.
- Line a small baking pan with parchment paper.
- Put the mixture on the parchment and press down flat with a lot of pressure. The more it is pressed, the better it will hold together.
- Let it cool for a couple of hours, or for a shorter time in the refrigerator.
- Once cooled and hardened, remove from the baking sheet and cut into squares or bars.
- Stores best in airtight packs inside the refrigerator.
A Special Note on Cocoa Butter
We hope you find this recipe helpful! It’s decadent, delicious and nutritious. Contrary to popular belief, cocoa butter contains negligible amounts of caffeine and theobromine. If you’re allergic to these things, we still recommend for you to check with your doctor about your food sensitivities and levels of tolerance. If you want a full worry-free experience, please make sure that your cocoa butter is ethically-sourced.
For more homemade gourmet carob recipes using Australian Carobs, please visit CarobRecipes.com.