Chocolate Cherry Granola Bars – #RecipesFromtheHeart & KitchenAid Stand Mixer Giveaway
Today’s event is being hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen of Juanita’s Cocina. They teamed up with their blogger friends to help raise awareness and support for Cancer and Hospice today in memory of Kim’s dad. We encourage everyone to read the posts and share their own experiences with cancer. We also would like to encourage everyone to donate to the Canadian Cancer Society, the American Cancer Society
I thought long and hard about this post and what recipe I would create for an event that would raise awareness for something that has hit my life hard. I thought about the two amazing and caring people I have lost to Cancer in this life and I thought about what they cooked and what they liked to eat. Unfortunately, my Dad was a lover of steak and velveta macaroni and cheese. Velveta just doesn’t do it for me, sorry Dad. My Grandma’s cooking was always good but I think I’ve already shared her tried and true sauce recipe so I decided to just make something that I would enjoy, Chocolate Cherry Granola Bars — from the heart.
These granola bars are truly tasty, even without the messily drizzled chocolate. I was chewing on them during the photo shoot… I just couldn’t help it. This recipe made 12 small granola bars and I really don’t think they will last very long. Unfortunately, my Dad was taken from me before I started to cook and bake so I really don’t know if he would appreciate these. I like to think that he would. I don’t remember seeing him eating sweets or chocolate but I’m sure he did even if it was just once in awhile. This recipe is in memory of anyone who has passed due to cancer in its many forms.
Giveaway and Event Details:
Enter for your chance to Win an Artisan® Series KitchenAid® Stand Mixer in the color of your choice (there are 26 to choose from) as well as an Ice Cream Maker Attachment. A sweet choice for all, this creative attachment features the largest ice cream bowl capacity in the industry. Prepare 2 quarts of ice cream, sorbet, gelato or other frozen desserts. We’re pleased to announce the giveaway is open to Canadian residents, as well as U.S. Residents. Winner will be chosen and announced during the pinchatlive event, described below. Winner will also be notified via email and has 48 hours to respond. If winner does not respond another winner will be chosen. 1 Stand Mixer and 1 Ice Cream Attachment are being given away as a group, not 1 per blog just to be clear for our readers.
There are bonus prizes for the pinchatlive event. We are giving away 1 Vanilla Infused Gift Box Set, 1 Lemon Infused Gift Box Set and a $30 Amazon Gift Card. In order to participate in this event follow the Pinterest Board #recipesfromtheheart. Hop on the Pinterest board on June 22 at 2 pm Est to follow along. We’ll ask questions and those who comment are entered to win the bonus prizes. There will be a G+ Hangout on Air during the event as well. Winners of the pinchatlive event must be Canadian or U.S. residents.
Disclosure: I was not provided compensation to post about or to link to these sponsors and as always, my opinions of any product or brand found on this site are my own.
Other Bloggers Participating:
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Dark Chocolate and Orange Muffins by The Dutch Baker’s Daughter
Boston Cream Pie by Pass The Sushi
My Fathers Day Recipe Round Up by Curry and Comfort
Tropical Smoothie by Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
Mini Gugelhupf by Masala Herb
Sauteed Strawberry and Sugarsnap Salad by Cook The Story
Cranberry Cashew Breakfast Muffins by In Fine Balance
Arugula Salad with Sundried Tomatoes and Mushrooms by Crazy Foodie Stunts
Spicy Beef Sliders by Katie’s Cucina
Thai Red Curry Soup by Damn Delicious
Suman (Sweet Rice and Banana Leaves) by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Fresh Vegetable Salad by White Lights on Wednesday
Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Sundae by The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
Cinnamon Chip Cookie Butter Bars by The Messy Baker
Berry/Cherry Fro-Yo Ice Cream by Cookistry
Honey Beer Bread by Hungry Couple
Cinnamon-Chocolate Chip Pancakes by The Spiffy Cookie
Chocolate Cherry Granola Bars by Sweet Remedy
Cookies and Cream Brownies by Cooking in Stilettos
Blueberry Lemon Cake by Roxana’s Home Baking
Angel Cake by Ninja Baking
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For this recipe I melted the chocolate chips with my fancy chocolate melter and drizzled the melted chocolate on top of the bars. Alternatively, you can add the chocolate chips in before baking.
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 30 min
Total Time: 1 hour 15 min
2 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cup dried cherries
1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup honey
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
olive oil for baking dish
1/4 cup chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x12 baking dish with parchment paper and coat with oil. Combine the oats, walnuts and coconut on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until coconut becomes lightly browned. Remove from oven and add mixture to a medium bowl.
Add the vanilla extract, honey, salt and cinnamon. Mix until all of the mixture is coated with the honey mixture.
Press mixture into the baking dish already lined with parchment paper. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven and wait until completely cool to cut into bars. Melt the chocolate and lightly drizzle on top of the bars. Cut into 12 equal pieces with a serrated knife. Cut while still in dish and carefully remove using a strong spatula.