Cranberry Lemon No-Bake Granola Bars - FOOD PHOTO SHOOT

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I don’t think you can ever have too many snack ideas in your arsenal to fight against those getting hangry. After making that last post about lunch box ideas I got a lot of great feedback that you guys loved these kind of ideas. I find it really helpful even for myself to sometimes embrace simplistic ways of cooking. Or in this case, not cooking.

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Anyway, did you have a favorite snack bar as a kid? When I think about this a lot of things come to mind, especially chocolate things. Well, while I totally love me a good chocolate chip granola bar, I also occasionally crave something a little more tart and refreshing like lemon.

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Especially with it being near the end of Summer now, I’ve been really trying to embrace the last of the flavors. You know, because after that it’ll be full fledged # -> pumkinspiceeverything. ;p

So these bars are so so easy to make and they make the perfect snack for adding to a lunchbox, grabbing as a snack, or even crumbing over some fruit for breakfast. I think my favorite part about them is that they’re really soft and chewy. I don’t know about you, but I was never into the extra crunchy granola bars when I was a kid. I think I have a much better appreciation for them now that I’m older, but I’ll still go for the soft ones if given the choice.

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And I wasn’t actually joking that much about the approach of Fall and my excitement to start making recipes for it. I’m even anxious to take this recipe and switch around with some festive spices, yum!

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Alright, so let me know what you think of these if you get the chance to try them. You can also take this recipe and roll it into granola balls/bites!

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Cranberry Lemon No-Bake Granola Bars

Prep Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Yield: 5 bars

A quick and simple snack that's great for grabbing on the go or putting in lunchboxes.


1 2/3 cup oats
2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut shreds
6 large medjool dates, pitted and soaked
2 tablespoons almond butter
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon flax seeds
3 tablespoons dried cranberries


Combine the dates, almond butter, maple, vanilla, cinnamon, and lemon zest in a food processor or blender and pulse until smooth. Scrape into a medium mixing bowl and add the craisins, flax seeds coconut, and oats then stir until evenly combined.
Line a 5x9 inch loaf pan with wax paper or parchment and press the mixture into the bottom in a flat layer. Chill in refrigerator for about an hour to give them time to set. Remove from pan and cut into 5 bars and enjoy.


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Fantastic post once again looks so good :D thanks for posting this one

This is perfect perfect. For busy days when laziness kicks in for me to prepare anything, having this with a glass of milk would do justice to any hunger and tiredness. How soon can i visit? Haha.

How have you been?

Excellent combination of ingredients! And love "No bake" idea 😊😊

Wow! Wow! Wow! It's pretty looks delicious @gringalicious :)

I really like the idea of making those granola bars, and without baking I think it's fabulous

Wow its really delicious 😊

These are one of the best food photos I have seen here in a while... To me, food photography is one of the very hardest photo categories and I really admire people who know how to do that. Moreover, these bars look super delicious! :) Awesome job.


@phortun It is definitely a challenge but I really enjoy it. Thank you so much.😀

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Thank you for sharing this recipe definitely gonna try it 👍

I am trying them this weekend for sure, @gringalicious! Probably I am going to change the cranberries with plums because they are my favorite, but they do look really delicious!

Hello @gringalicius, how good that I discovered you !! I already reviewed your other prescriptions and I also love those tutorials that will help me that I am new to steemit, thank you. I fron Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela


@arehany Greetings from the States. I'm so glad you enjoyed this post. 😀