This Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew Kind Bar recipe is a must-make snack recipe. The dark chocolate flavor complements the cherry and nuts to create a satisfying, yet healthy bite. This granola bar recipe is perfect for eating on the go.
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whole roasted * unsalted almonds
whole roasted* unsalted cashews, coarsely chopped
dried cherries, coarsely chopped
raisins, coarsely chopped
puffed millet, rice (or other puffed whole grain; or crispy brown rice cereal)
brown rice syrup (may substitute light corn syrup)
1Grease/spray large bowl, 9x13 baking sheet/pan, wooden spoon or rubber spatula, and bottom of drinking glass. Set aside.IF NUTS AREN'T ALREADY ROASTED: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread nuts on large baking sheet and bake for 10 min. until lightly toasted and fragrant.
2Add toasted nuts to large bowl. Add dried cherries, raisins, puffed rice/millet and
flaxseed meal. Stir to combine. Set aside. In 1-1/2 or 2 quart saucepan, combine honey, rice syrup, salt, and vanilla over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until mixture reaches 260 degrees (hard ball stage) on a candy thermometer.
3Immediately, pour mixture over nut mixture, stir until evenly coated. Quickly transfer to greased/sprayed 9x13 pan, use hands to spread mixture evenly in pan; press the mixture to close in holes and distribute evenly all over the pan. Using bottom of greased/sprayed drinking glass to tap and compact mixture in pan.
4Let cool 20 minutes (pan should still be slightly warm). Invert pan on cutting board and tap until mixture falls out in one piece. Cut into 20 bars. (If they cool too much and become too hard or brittle to cut easily, put in warm oven for 1-2 minutes to soften; proceed with cutting.) Allow bars to cool completely before proceeding with chocolate drizzles.
5FOR CHOCOLATE DRIZZLES: Add chocolate chips and oil to microwave safe bowl. Cook on high power in 20 second intervals, stirring each time, just until last chips melt into mixture (approx. 60 seconds total). Use fork or squeeze bottle to drizzle chocolate over nut bars. Let cool until chocolate hardens.
6STORAGE TIP: Store in airtight container with parchment paper between layers. For take-along convenience, use parchment paper pieces to wrap individual bars burrito-style. Store at room temperature for up to 1 week. May refrigerate to extend storage or if firmer, less sticky bars are preferred. May be frozen, too.
7FOR VEGAN VERSION, use all brown rice syrup and vegan chocolate chips.