Wednesday, January 9, 2013

{No Bake} Chewy Granola Bars

So I have kinda let my snacky side take over during this pregnancy. And not the most healthy kind of snacking. We're talking my favorite candy bars and my favorite ice cream
But these granola bars are something I don't feel guilty about snacking on. 
They are chewy are you can make them any way you like.
Add nuts or dried fruit or M & M's or whatever you want. 
Make them yours.
Preston really likes them and puts one in his backpack every morning to eat while he rides the bus. 


Ingredients
2 C. rolled oats
1 C. crispy rice cereal
1/2 C. chopped dried fruit of your choice (I found strawberry flavored cranberries and they are so good.)
1/2 C. chopped nuts of your choice
1/4 C. butter
1/2 C. brown sugar
1/4 C. honey
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 C. mini chocolate chips

Directions
  • Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish or lay parchment paper in it like I did.
  • Mix rolled oats, rice cereal, dried fruit, and nuts together in a large bowl. 
  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. 
  • Add brown sugar, honey, and vanilla extract. 
  • Whisk until sugar is completely dissolved, about 2 minutes.
  •  Pour over oat mixture; stir to combine.
  • Spread oat mixture into prepared baking dish. 
  • Press chocolate chips into top.
  •  Refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.
  • Cut into 12 bars





I individually wrapped them in plastic wrap so they could be grabbed easily. You can also substitute 1 C. steel cut oats for 1 C. rolled oats if you more texture.


19 comments :

  1. These look good! I love a nice granola bar!! Perfect for lunches!!

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  2. I love these Mandy! I so need to make granola bars!

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  3. Mmmmm...these look great! I will have to keep my eyes open for the cran-strawberries!!!

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  4. WOW! I love treats like these...perfect! Printing & pinning!

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  6. Homemade granola bars are the best! Love that these are so versatile with people's preferences!

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  7. Thanks for sharing your recipe! I found you from Cheerios & Lattes. I just linked up my own recipe for granola/granola bars, but I've never tried a no bake kind. They sound good! We always make our own b/c we have a peanut allergy in the house and it's so much easier to be "safe" with homemade.

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  8. These look really good! They would be cheaper than buying them too I would bet! Gotta save a buck anywhere I can! Great recipe!
    Sherry

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  9. Great recipe, Mandy! Love the not having to bake part. Can't wait to try it out!

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  10. Love these! Especially the no-bake part :) Pinned!

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  11. PS, these look amazing.
    PPS. I pinned these immediately,
    and PPPS. Thanks for linking it up to Foto Friday! Come back next week... ;)

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  12. I'm having difficulty getting these bars to stick together when I cut them up. It just falls into pieces. Any tips? I'm not adding dried fruit (none on hand) and I mixed the chocolate chips in with the dry ingredients-could that be the difference? Either way, they are delicious and I just made my second pan!

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  13. Yummy! These look fantastic! Found you at What's Cookin Love link party!
    Girl, turn off the captcha, stat!

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  14. These look aweomse, we love granola bars. I need to make these soon! You are a featured favorite this week on Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes! Thanks so much for sharing last week; we can't wait to see what you've been up to this week!
    Mackenzie :)

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  15. Love this healthy recipe and really like that they are "no-bake" Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures

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  16. Wow those look like they came from a store!! And "no bake"? Hey I'm in! Thanks for linking up!
    Kim

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  17. I made some last night and OMG AMAZING! Simple,fast, and tasty.

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  18. I made these again and this time I doubled the recipe, I will make them this way from now on.

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