NO-BAKE GRANOLA BARS


NO-BAKE GRANOLA BARS
1 ½ cups oats (quick cooking or rolled oats)
1 cup rice crispy cereal
¼ cup  butter
¼ cup honey (agave, rice or maple syrup)
½ cup brown sugar
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

No-Bake Raisin Nut Granola bars:
¼ cup  shredded coconut
⅓ cup raisins, chopped
⅓ cup  almonds, toasted and chopped

No-Bake Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola bars:
⅓ cup  peanut butter
⅓ cup chopped peanuts
6 tablespoons jam (strawberry, grape, raspberry)

No-Bake Double Chocolate Granola bars:
1/4 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
1 cup  mini semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips

In a large bowl, mix together the oats and cereal.
In a medium microwavable bowl add in butter, honey and brown sugar. Microwave this mixture for 2 minutes. It will bubble up so make sure your bowl is big enough so it doesn’t overflow. You can also do this step in a saucepan if you don’t have a microwave.
Into the caramel, whisk in the vanilla and salt.
Pour the mixture over the oats and thoroughly stir using a rubber spatula. Mix the ingredients together until the oats are completely coated.
Add in your desired mix-in (look above). Then press very firmly into a small tray lined with parchment. (9″x 9” or smaller)
If you like your bars thicker, you can use a smaller pan. If you do not press firmly enough, the bars will fall apart when you eat them. Place them in the fridge for 2-3 hours then cut to size.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge or on the counter.

No-Bake Nut and Raisin Granola bars:
Stir the nuts, coconuts and raisins into the granola mix coating them well in the caramel. Press into the tray firmly so the bars hold together.
Photo: Benhet Nieuwenhuis
Recipe posted by Benhet Nieuwenhuis