If you're thinking "homemade granola bars just sound way too difficult and time consuming to make"...it's not true! At least not of these bars. You don't even have to bake them!
Lately, I've been really into making more things homemade, and using less processed foods and snacks. ...but more on that in a later post. Let's get on to these yummy granola bars...
To make some of your own, you'll need:
(full recipe below)
Mix it up.
Put in a pan.
Press it down.
Cut into bars.
Here's the full recipe:
1 1/4 cups rice cereal
1 cup uncooked, quick-cooking oats
1 tablespoon flax seed
1/4 cup dried cranberries, chopped
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/3 cup brown rice syrup (honey is pictured above, but I prefer rice syrup)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Combine rice cereal, oats, flax seed, cranberries and pumpkin seeds in a bowl and mix. Combine the rice syrup, peanut butter, vanilla and cinnamon in a microwaveable bowl and heat until melted. Can also heat in a pot on the stove. Mix well and pour over rice and oat mixture. Stir everything with a spoon until well combined.
Put mixture into an 8 inch, non-stick pan and press down, using plastic wrap (or wax paper). Cool for about 30 minutes. Cut into bars, and wrap with plastic wrap. Can be stored in the fridge for at least a week.
The original recipe is here and there are many suggested variations. You can really use any dried fruit you like, any nut butter, any nuts or seeds....the combinations are endless! I love that I know exactly what's in them and can control each ingredient. I always have these in my fridge now to grab for a quick snack. I've even made these in a toddler-friendly version for Audrey! I plan to share that recipe in a later post.
Hope you guys try these! They're delicious, healthy, and so easy to make! Let me know if you try these...or if you've made another version of homemade granola bars before!