Cardamom Granola Bars

    40 mins

    Cardamom and honey give these bars an exotic flavor. Pecans can easily be substituted for the walnuts if you prefer.

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    Makes: 18 bars

    • 2 cups rolled oats
    • 1/2 cup raisins
    • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
    • 6 tablespoons butter
    • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
    • 3 tablespoons honey

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    2. Line a 9-inch square pan with foil, extending the foil over the sides.
    3. Grease the foil with shortening or butter.
    4. Mix the first 4 ingredients in a bowl.
    5. Heat the butter, brown sugar and honey in a saucepan until the butter melts and begins to boil.
    6. Pour this mixture over the dry ingredients and mix until well coated. Transfer to the prepared pan and press evenly with a spatula.
    7. Bake about 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
    8. Cool on rack. Using the foil, lift out of the pan and place on cutting board. Cut into 18 bars.

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    I really liked these. I did cut back on the butter by one tablespoon because I wanted them to be a little lower in fat. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is because they were a little too sweet. I would cut down on the brown sugar a little next time but keep the honey because it helps it stick together. When these first come out of the oven they are soft and fall apart easily. I let them cool for about 2 hours and then cut then with a large, sharp knife on a cutting board and it worked perfectly. Oh, I used dried cranberries instead of raisins. I don't like raisins and cranberries seem to match better with cardamom anyway. I really love the flavor of these- you have to try these if you love cardamom! They are so simple to prepare too and took only a few minutes to put together.  -  13 Jul 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Fragrant, delicious, easy. Just the right amount of cardamom for me. I've tried variations with great success -- dried mangoes and coconut and banana chips; dried cherries and walnuts, whatever you like, just keep similar proportions to the orig. recipe. Mashing it flatter in the pan just after removing from the oven was a good idea someone mentioned, my bars did not fall apart at all. I'll be making this a lot.  -  25 Dec 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Tasty, Good flavor, but mine always come out very hard and crunchy and cannot get out of pan without cracking. :-{  -  02 Dec 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)