Chef’s note: These small granola bites are soft, chewy, and bring the classic combination of peanut butter and jelly to mind. Though they’re not exactly healthy for you, they’re mighty tasty, and they make the perfect treat to pass around class.
½ cup of rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
½ cup of dried cranberries
½ cup of almonds, sliced or slivered
3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
½ cup of packed light brown sugar
½ cup of smooth peanut butter
½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon of water
Preheat oven to 300F.
Line a square 8-inch baking pan with 2 pieces of parchment paper, leaving a 2 inch overhang on each side.
Mix together the oats, almonds, and cranberries in a large bowl.
In a small saucepan, whisk oil, brown sugar, peanut butter, cinnamon, salt, and water together. Cook over low heat for about 5 minutes, or until the mixture has thinned and the sugar begins dissolving. Let cool for about 3 minutes, then whisk in the egg.
Pour the sugar mixture over the oat mixture, and stir until the oats are coated.
Spread the resulting mixture evenly in the bottom of the pan, and smooth it out.
Bake for 30 minutes, or until the top is firm. Let cool for 10 minutes, then pull it out from the pan using the parchment overhang as handles. Move to a cooling rack to cool completely for about 2 hours.
Cut into 16 squares using a serrated knife.
All photos by Lauren Quinn