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


July 19, 2011

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


1Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9"x13" pan with foil or parchment paper, overlapping the sides for easy removal of bars.

2Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Press evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden.

3 Cool slightly, then flip out onto a cutting board and cut into bars.


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20 comments on “Highwood Crossing’s Sweet and Salty Granola Bars

  1. H-woman
    July 19, 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
    July 19, 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.
    July 19, 2011 at 10:57 am

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

  4. Dahlia
    July 19, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Those are pretty bars.
    Bon voyage!

  5. Lori
    July 19, 2011 at 6:23 pm

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

  6. margaret
    July 19, 2011 at 6:58 pm

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

  7. Amber
    July 19, 2011 at 10:45 pm

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

  8. sweetsugarbean
    July 19, 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)
    July 20, 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
    July 20, 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
    July 20, 2011 at 5:18 pm

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

  12. Adrienne
    July 21, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Safe travels, Julie. Please bring summer with you.

  13. Kristin Alexander
    July 27, 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
    July 27, 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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    July 28, 2011 at 11:40 am

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  16. NancyB
    February 3, 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!

  17. Janet Anderson
    August 15, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    This is addicting. I’ve been looking for a recipe that doesn’t use honey and maple syrup since it’ cost prohibitive and you can’t really taste it. Thank you for the tasty recipe. Easy and delicious.

    • Julie
      August 18, 2016 at 10:46 am

      It’s true – I always wish you could taste the maple syrup element more! I like using Roger’s Golden Syrup for things like this.

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