Tuesday, December 8, 2015

No Bake Chewy Granola Bars

I love keeping healthy snacks on hand...especially this time of year when there are so many 'unhealthy' things to enjoy. Since I'm a snacker and a grab'n' go gal, it's always good to have a 'healthier choice'...

This is a great one and the kids and adults alike will love it. 

Thanks to Veronica's Cornucopia for sharing this luscious recipe, using unrefined coconut oil.  You must go see her photos too... 
(Drool-Worthy I tell ya....)

With peanut butter, oats, flaxseed, honey, nuts & more, you'll be wanting to make these again soon!

They remind me of those scrumptious, chewy and soft Sunbelt granola bars...that we love...and these are better for you!  Years ago, my hubby would stop every Sunday on the way home from church and we'd each enjoy one of those bars! MMMM!

Do try them soon. And be sure to keep the recipe handy for when warm weather hits again...in a few months....

NO BAKE CHEWY GRANOLA BARS 

2 - 1/2 c. Rice Krispies cereal
1 - 3/4 c. rolled oats
1/4 c. ground (or whole) flaxseed 
1/2 c. mix-ins of your choice (I used almonds)
1/2 c. honey
1/2 c. brown sugar
dash of salt
1/3 c. unrefined virgin coconut oil
1/3 c. natural peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks (or your preferred flavor)

*You can use wheat germ, wheat bran, or more rolled oats in place of the flaxseed.
Line a 9×13 pan with aluminum foil or wax paper; grease well with non-stick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, stir together cereal, oats, flaxseed, and mix-ins. In medium saucepan, stir together honey, brown sugar, and salt. Turn heat onto medium, stirring constantly until mixture comes to a boil. Boil for 60 seconds, then remove from heat and stir in coconut oil and peanut butter. Stir in vanilla and cinnamon. Pour wet ingredients over the dry and stir to combine.
Press mixture into prepared pan, then sprinkle chocolate chunks over top. (If you mix the chocolate in, it will melt.) Press into granola mixture with a spatula then cover and refrigerate for 2 hours to set. Cut into bars and wrap in aluminum foil or wax paper.







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