These bars will crumble apart in your fingers.
Hence the name “crumble bars.”
And believe me when I tell you, that just means they’re the softest, yummiest granola bars you’ll ever make!
The flavor combination of these bars is unreal. The tartness of the cranberries is balanced out by the sweetness of the honey and the saltiness of the pistachios perfectly. Yet, even though they taste absolutely phenomenal, they literally take 3 minutes to make. All you have to do is stir all the ingredients together until fully combined, then press into the bottom of a pan and freeze for about an hour.
No baking, no mess, and no unhealthy ingredients or added sugars!
If you want these bars to be a little less crumbly, you can choose to add a bit of nut butter to the mixture (about 1/3 c should do) in order to thicken up the batter a bit. But I personally love the simplicity of honey, oats, applesauce, and pistachios. It really allows all the flavors to stand out wonderfully, without added nut butter or even spices cloaking their flavor.
Plus, it just means the recipe is that much easier!
Cranberry Pistachio Granola Crumble Bars
- 2 c old fashioned oats
- 1/2 c shelled pistachios
- 1/2 c reduced sugar dried cranberries
- 1/2 c honey (or brown rice syrup)
- 1/2 c unsweetened applesauce
Add oats, pistachios, and cranberries to a large bowl and mix together. Add honey and applesauce and stir with a fork or wooden spoon until fully combined. Line a 9″x9″ pan with tinfoil or parchment paper and grease lightly. Scoop mixture into pan and press down with a spatula until smooth. Place in the freezer for 20 minutes or refridgerator for 45 minutes to harden. Remove and slice into 16 bars. Enjoy! (If not eating immediately, store in a Tupperware in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.)
Nutrition Information (from myfitnesspal.com)
(Yields 16 servings)