Ambrosia Apple Granola Bars [Recipe]

Perfect for Snack Time or Breakfast on the Go

Ambrosia applesThe store shelves are packed with granola bar options but have you ever read the ingredient list? Oh, boy! You might be surprised just how easy it is to make your own granola bars using wholesome ingredients.

We love trying different recipes we find online and adding Ambrosia apples. This recipe was inspired by Julie over at Lovely Little Kitchen. We don’t know if she uses Ambrosia apples in her recipe (we hope so) but of course we did. We also tweaked a few other ingredients to make this recipe a bit more local to Western Canada.

We love to support all Canadian farmers so we’ve swapped in puffed quinoa, BC walnuts, and hemp hearts. If you can’t find puffed Canadian quinoa, you can replace it with toasted, puffed rice cereal.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup dried Ambrosia apples, diced
  • 1 ¼ cup Canadian rolled oats
  • 1 cup chopped BC walnuts
  • ¼ cup BC hemp hearts
  • 2 ½ cups puffed quinoa, lightly toasted
  • 4 Tbsp coconut oil
  • ½ cup BC honey
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ vanilla
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Place oats, walnuts, and hemp hearts on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake for 4-6 minutes, stir halfway through bake time. Watch closely and pull them out as soon as they become fragrant. NOTE: If your quinoa puffs are not toasted, toast them separately in a dry pan as they burn very quickly.
  • Place a small saucepan on low heat. Warm oil, honey and brown sugar together and stir until fully combined. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine oats, walnuts, hemp hearts, quinoa, and Ambrosia apples.
  • Pour in honey mixture and stir until well incorporated.
  • Press mixture into a parchment paper-lined 9×9” baking dish. Make sure it is well packed.
  • Place dish in the refrigerator and chill until set (about an hour).
  • Remove from the baking dish and cut into bars while still cool.
  • Serve at room temperature.

Kids love these bars but they’re also perfect for anyone with a busy lifestyle who always needs a grab-and-go snack. You can cut these into bars, squares or even roll them into balls (best done before chilling but prepare to get a little messy).

Let us know how yours turn out by snapping a picture and tagging it with #AmbrosiaApples on social media.