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Chocolate Cherry Granola Bars – #RecipesFromtheHeart & KitchenAid Stand Mixer Giveaway

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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 and also to the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association. Hospice was a key element during Kim’s father’s battle with cancer. They made it possible for Kim to care for him at home. So please show your support and donate if you can. You can also contact your local Hospice and donate directly to them if you wish. A little goes a long way!

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.

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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.

Visit Facebook.com/KitchenAidCanada and click on the “More than a Mixer” tab to explore all 12 attachments available for the KitchenAid® Stand Mixer.

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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:

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Home-made Strawberry Topping by Cravings of a Lunatic

Chili Verde by Juanita’s Cocina

S’Mores Brownies in Jars by That Skinny Chick Can Bake

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


Knit (or crocheted) Grey Brain Cancer Mustache Pin by Knit, Purl, Damn!


Chocolate Cherry Granola Bars

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.

Yield: 12

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.

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38 Responses to “Chocolate Cherry Granola Bars – #RecipesFromtheHeart & KitchenAid Stand Mixer Giveaway”

  1. #
    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — June 16, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Suah a great way to raise awareness and what beautiful bars. Chocolate and cherries are just so good together.

  2. #
    katie — June 16, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I love that you are sharing the recipe that would come from your heart. The granola bars look great!

  3. #
    Helene D'souza — June 16, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    All the ingredients must be going so well together in your cherry bars. Gorgeous and smart recipe for an important cause!

  4. #
    Rena — June 16, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    I’d make some challah! Nothing like fresh bread!

  5. #
    Liz — June 16, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Sam, I am so sorry you lost your dad to cancer. Your granola bars sound scrumptious…and you’re right; they wouldn’t last long at my house!

  6. #
    Ramona — June 16, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    These granola bars look so good and I love chocolate and cherry together. Thanks for sharing such a yummy recipe for us and participating in this important cancer awareness event. 🙂

  7. #
    Emily S. — June 17, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Love the granola bars! I’d be making Ice Cream with the mixer!

  8. #
    Kaitlin — June 17, 2013 at 8:43 am

    I’d make ice cream sandwiches 🙂

  9. #
    Karen D — June 17, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Ice cream sandwiches with the granola bars!

    Thanks for the post and for the giveaway!

    No place to give Pinterest username (that I’ve found) My username is karengdel

  10. #
    Christine (Cook the Story) — June 17, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I am so sorry to hear how hard cancer has hit your life. It is a truly terrible disease.

    (btw, that picture at the top of your granola bars is breathtaking. I just found myself staring at it for like a full minute. Amazing!)

  11. #
    Nessa — June 17, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    So,so sorry for you. If I won, I’d bake a lot!

  12. #
    Trish @infinebalance — June 17, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Thanks for sharing your stories of cancer in your family. Sorry to here it has hit your life so hard.
    Thanks for sharing the granola bar recipe. They look great.

  13. #
    Kim Beaulieu — June 18, 2013 at 12:04 am

    I just love that you did this recipe for our event. It’s from your heart and that makes it perfect. Plus it’s just seriously pretty. Really loving this one.

    Thanks so much for joining us for this special event. It’s so nice to have you with us, and means the world to me personally.

  14. #
    Christine M — June 18, 2013 at 11:01 am

    I would make monster cookies

  15. #
    Jillian S. — June 18, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    I would make pineapple ice cream! So refreshing and summery!

  16. #
    Judi W. — June 18, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    I would have to try ice cream!

  17. #
    Shelby — June 18, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    I just saw a recipe on Pinterest tonight for Foodiecrush’s peach and brown butter pecan ice cream. I NEED to make that happen. Definitely would be first on my list if I win!

  18. #
    Jules — June 18, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    This is awesome! I would definitely make my own ice cream (first time I would ever be making ice cream, too). Yummmm.

  19. #
    Karen Dyer — June 19, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Lost my husband to cancer back in 1999. The Cherry Garcia bars sound scrumptious.

  20. #
    Colleen Boudreau — June 19, 2013 at 11:19 pm


  21. #
    Dawn — June 20, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    What a personal story of loss and a thoughtful recipe. Cancer has very personally touched my own life, and I feel very passionate about finding a cure.

    I technically don’t NEED a mixer (just my current one repaired) but if I got a shiny new one with the ice cream attachment, my toasted coconut and rum ice cream would be the first thing I make!

  22. #
    Anthony — June 21, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    I would make these granola bars… maybe adding some strawberries in some batches instead of cherries!

  23. #
    Jen @JuanitasCocina — June 22, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    I think both your dad and grandma would love this recipe and post! Thank you for joining us for this very important cause!


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