Highwood Crossing’s Sweet and Salty Granola Bars

We’re off to the west coast this morning, to Vancouver Island – Victoria first, for the Victoria Taste Wine & Food Festival, and then across to Tofino. Being a planner ahead when it comes to road trips – particularly in the arena of food – I made up a batch of chewy granola bars to pack along. This will almost certainly cut down on the number of buttered bagels I pick up at drive-thrus on the way.

Tony & Penny at Highwood Crossing have a great recipe – I hadn’t made granola bars with sweetened condensed milk before – and of course you can add anything, nuts, seeds and dried fruit-wise – even chocolate chips. (Which no, doesn’t count as a fruit.)

Sweet and Salty Granola Bars

adapted from Tony & Penny at Highwood Crossing

3 cups Highwood Crossing rolled oats
1 cup sliced almonds, chopped walnuts or pecans, or a combination, toasted
1 cup sunflower or pumpkin seeds (or combo!)
1 cup raisins, dried cranberries. chopped dried apricots or a combination of dried fruit
1 300 mL can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup Highwood Crossing canola oil
1/2 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9″x13″ pan with foil or parchment paper, overlapping the sides for easy removal of bars.

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Press evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden. Cool slightly, then flip out onto a cutting board and cut into bars.

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July 19 2011 06:52 am | breakfast and snacks

17 Responses to “Highwood Crossing’s Sweet and Salty Granola Bars”

  1. H-woman on 19 Jul 2011 at 8:23 am #

    These sound d.i.v.i.n.e! I just don’t want to turn the oven on!

  2. Jan TD on 19 Jul 2011 at 8:48 am #

    I’m filing this for back-to-school time. The sweetened condensed milk sounds ideal for keeping the bars chewy. I’m going to try using low-fat sweetened condensed milk to cut the richness a bit.

  3. Erica B. on 19 Jul 2011 at 10:57 am #

    Ooh these would make perfect road trip/school lunch snacks. Thanks for sharing & have a fantastic trip!

  4. Dahlia on 19 Jul 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    Those are pretty bars.
    Bon voyage!

  5. Lori on 19 Jul 2011 at 6:23 pm #

    What?! Chocolate chips don’t count as fruit?

  6. margaret on 19 Jul 2011 at 6:58 pm #

    Just turned the oven on…..and getting the ingredients ready.

  7. Amber on 19 Jul 2011 at 10:45 pm #

    Would coconut milk work? Since I have a can of it in the cupboard…

  8. sweetsugarbean on 19 Jul 2011 at 11:53 pm #

    I pack granola bars for road trips too, and these look especially delicious with the condensed milk. Have fun on the West coast!

  9. Robyn in Mountain (Ontario that is) on 20 Jul 2011 at 7:47 am #

    Those look like excellent granola bars. Keep those great recipes coming, Julie. Pancakes and muffins and crumble, oh my!
    TKU! Cheers!!

  10. natalie - ga on 20 Jul 2011 at 1:25 pm #

    SHOCKING. My mom always taught me chocolate was a fruit. And mom was always right… :)

    Have fun on the trip.

  11. Barb on 20 Jul 2011 at 5:18 pm #

    Intrigued by the idea of adding sweetened condensed milk. Sounds worth a try. Enjoy your get away!

  12. Adrienne on 21 Jul 2011 at 8:53 am #

    Safe travels, Julie. Please bring summer with you.

  13. Kristin Alexander on 27 Jul 2011 at 5:51 pm #

    Baking these delicious bars now, but of course I had to add a little sin in there…Reeses pieces!lol

  14. Ginette on 27 Jul 2011 at 8:09 pm #

    Made these for our camping trip last weekend – they were a hit! I also added a bit of peanut butter in the mix. yum!

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  16. NancyB on 03 Feb 2014 at 11:14 am #

    These are great! Left out nuts to make it school-safe, and dried fruit, but added coconut and used pumpkin and sunflower seeds…might drizzle with chocolate if I am feeling kindly towards my children after school. Thanks for the recipe!

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