Ginger-Peach Granola Squares

We’re nearing the end of August, which means the end of peach season, but I have one more recipe for you before my world is consumed with apple and pumpkin recipes. These granola bars are the perfect combination of a traditional granola bar and a fruit bar, like peach crumb bars or raspberry streusel bars. The granola is crunchy, perfectly sweetened, and is the perfect base for a ginger-infused peach filling. Healthier than streusel or crumb bars, but still completely delicious and portable, these make an awesome afternoon snack and are perfect for packing in lunches now that school is back in session.

I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly these bars came together. While the granola base was baking, I was able to prepare the peach filling, which cut down on prep time significantly. I like to play a game in the kitchen where I try to get all of the dishes washed before whatever is in the oven comes out. About 70% of the time I win. (Yes, I’m an organizational/cleaning nerd.) It wasn’t even a contest with these bars. With only two bowls and a saucepan, I had time to spare! That usually means the minutes disappear into a black hole of Pinterest, Instagram, or any other of a variety of social media time-suckers. What it really means is that these are perfect for a quick, easy snack, whether it’s after school or on a weekend morning when you want something different.

I am such a huge fan of the fruit and almond granola recipe that I originally made a couple of years ago. I’ve made it countless times since then, have also come up with different variations and have used a stripped-down version for these bars and granola cookies. (If you haven’t made those cookies, you must make them immediately!). The granola recipe is a great one to have on hand – it’s easy to make and you can customize it in a million different ways. Aaaand… you can make these awesome peach squares! Go forth and enjoy peaches before they disappear!

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Ginger-Peach Granola Squares

Yield: 24 squares

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

5 cups granola, without the dried fruit or nuts
¼ cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
¼ teaspoon salt
3 egg whites
1/3 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons canola oil
6 medium peaches, peeled, pitted and diced (about 4 cups)
½ cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup sliced almonds

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 9x13-inch baking dish with foil, allowing the excess to hang over the sides of the pan. Spray the foil with non-stick cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl, stir together the granola, ¼ cup of the flour and the salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg whites, maple syrup and oil until foamy; pour over the granola mixture and stir to coat. Place three-quarters of the granola mixture in the prepared baking dish and press it into the pan, forming an even layer. Bake for 15 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, place the peaches, sugar, ginger and cinnamon in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring, until the peaches are tender; remove from heat and stir in the 2 tablespoons of remaining flour.

4. Spread the cooked peach mixture over the baked granola bar base. Add the sliced almonds to the bowl with the remaining granola mixture and toss together; spread evenly over the cooked peach layer.

5. Bake for an additional 20-22 minutes, or until the bars are golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into bars and serve. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator (I enjoyed these cold!).

(Recipe adapted from Giant Eagle Market District)

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25 Responses to “Ginger-Peach Granola Squares”

  1. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on August 29, 2012 at 2:17 am

    I love the addition of ginger…it’s one of my favorite spices :) Gotta savor every last peach recipe!

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  2. j3nn on August 29, 2012 at 4:33 am

    I must find some local peaches! I hope they’re still in season here, time’s running out!

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  3. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on August 29, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Ohh great recipe! I love peaches and throwing together with granola! This is a won win recipe! Need to make this soon!

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  4. CherylK on August 29, 2012 at 9:32 am

    I have got a whole case of peaches!! Am freezing them, today, but will leave out six (or twelve) to make a batch (or two) of these! MMmmmmm…

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  5. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet on August 29, 2012 at 11:21 am

    I am soooo not ready for peach season to end. I love them too much! These granola squares look scrumptious – perfect snack for my kiddos and me!

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  6. Laura Dembowski on August 29, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    I’m not usually a granola girl, but these bars have me completely convinced, especially with all the peaches!

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  7. Sues on August 29, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    I love ginger and peaches and ESPECIALLY in combination, so these are right up my alley! They look like the perfect mid-day tired at work snacking food!

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  8. Stephanie on August 29, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    I actually haven’t made anything with peaches this season. Shocking. But I like how you added the ginger! I always have ginger in my fridge. =)

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  9. buttercream bakehouse on August 29, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I can taste the peaches and smell the Ginger from here. Can’t wait to try it.

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  10. Monica @ Just 5 More Minutes on August 29, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    I’ve been on a granola mission searching for a new recipe (last one I made was chocolate granola a looooong time ago). Who would have though to incorporate fresh fruit?! Sounds genius! I’m going to have to make this but I think I’ll try using crystalized ginger instead (since I just bought a huge bag of it at Trader Joes). We shall see how it turns out :)

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  11. Katie @ Blonde Ambition on August 29, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    The combination of ginger and peach sounds so warm and delicious!

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  12. Helen Brawley on August 29, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    These look so good!

    Helen
    Blue Eyed Beauty Blog

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  13. Vicki @ WITK on August 29, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    I seem to have missed out on peach season! Where did August go? These bars look great with those shiny peaches in them, a great afternoon snack!

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  14. AgentShabbit on August 29, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    This is a great sweet but healthy snack!

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  15. sally @ sallys baking addiction on August 29, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    now THIS is one granola bar I could seriously eat my weight in. I cannot get enough peaches lately! I’m saving this bad boy. Michelle, I love them!

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  16. Victoria on August 29, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    This looks so good! I can’t stop eating fresh peaches! May I share an adaption of your recipe for chocolate frosting on my blog and leave a link back to you?
    Love, Victoria

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    • Michelle on September 27th, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      Hi Victoria, Absolutely!

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  17. Karen on August 29, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    This looked so yummy that I had to copy it. I have been making things with Peaches the last two weeks as they are in the stores now. Thanks for the great recipe.

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  18. Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana on August 29, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Wow, I bet the combination of ginger and peach is delicious :)

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  19. Shiloh on August 30, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Great combination! I tried a pear ginger thing a few weeks ago…

    http://www.shilohstaste.com before & after photos are up now

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  20. Javelin Warrior on August 31, 2012 at 9:13 am

    These looks perfectly chewy and delicious – I love the big chunks of peach with the fresh ginger… I’m featuring this post in today’s Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution as always). Thank you so much for keeping me inspired with such delicious creations…

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  21. Abbie Joy on September 1, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Yummy!!!

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  22. Kevin (Closet Cooking) on September 8, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    These look so good and I am really liking the fresh peaches in them!

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  23. Ardex Cd Fine Concrete Dressing on September 10, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    I am definitely going to miss peach season… I haven’t had luck with them the past few weeks… looks like I will save this one for next summer!

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  24. Laura Dembowski on August 20, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Hi Michelle, I made these and absolutely loved them! I posted about them on my blog today and would love if you’d come take a look :) http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2012/08/29/ginger-peach-granola-squares/ Congratulations on getting married too :)

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