Crunchy Vanilla Cardamom Granola Bars


Prep time 15mins
Cook time 35mins
Serves or Makes: 10


  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats, divided
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/ 4 cup roughly chopped roasted almonds
  • 1/ 4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/ 4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/ 4 cup cashew cardamom almond butter, (or almond butter)
  • 1/ 4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/ 4 cup neutral oil, (I used grapeseed oil)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste, (or vanilla extract)


  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 325°F. Line an 9x9” baking pan with parchment paper, leaving a 1” overhang on two sides.

  • Step 2

    Pulse ½ cup of oats into a fine flour with a food processor. Add this to a large bowl with remaining 1 ½ cups oats, brown sugar, almonds, cardamom, and salt. Stir to combine.

  • Step 3

    In a separate bowl, combine nut butter, maple syrup and oil. Whisk until the mixture comes together. Stir in vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract.

  • Step 4

    Add wet ingredients to oat mixture, stirring until oats are evenly coated. Using a rubber spatula, spread mixture into prepared pan ensuring thickness is even throughout. Place another piece of parchment on top and press down to tightly pack the mixture into pan.

  • Step 5

    Remove top layer of parchment and bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.

  • Step 6

    Using your spatula, gently press down on oats to deflate. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes, then using overhang of parchment, pick up oats and place on a cutting board. Cut into five even strips, then cut in half to make 5 even rectangles.

  • Step 7

    Place cut bars back into oven and bake for an additional 10-12 minutes or until bars become firm.