Wednesday, May 29, 2013
No-Bake Granola Bars
The moment I read this recipe for Five Minute, No-Bake Vegan Granola Bars from Food 52, I knew I was making them right then and there. I called the kids in and asked who wanted to make granola bars. Both hands shot up right away and we got right to work. We had a few changes and substitutions but if you read the original recipe you will see that you are pretty much encouraged to mix these up how you please - and that we did! The only problem with this recipe - I didn't double it. We all loved them - Hubby ate them before work in the mornings, the kids and I ate them whenever and the kids asked for them in their lunchboxes. They were gone before we knew it.
I highly recommend checking out the original recipe and reading the comment section. It is full of lots of great ideas - next time I am going to add protein powder to a batch and make my own protein bars. I will also be making my recipe again because they were that good and no changes are needed. Let me know if you have any recommendations on add-ins, I would love to hear some more suggestions....enjoy!!!
recipe adapted from Food 52
2 1/2 cups of oats (regular or old fashioned)
1 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup dried cranberries
2/3 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
Mix together the oats, cranberries and sesame seeds. Next, whisk together the peanut butter, honey and salt. Pour into the oat mixture and stir to combine (I found its best to do just stick your hands in there and get messy at this point.)
Press this mixture into a shallow baking dish that is lined with foil or saran wrap. Cover with more foil or saran wrap and refrigerate for about 4 hours. Cut into shapes and keep in the fridge.
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