No Bake Granola Bars

My daughter and I have been crazy for homemade granola bars this summer. We tried a baked recipe which was good, but fell apart easily. Then we tried this no bake granola bars recipe, tweaked it to our liking and found a favorite.

There are chia seeds in it – a super little seed packed full of essentials – protein, omega-3 fatty acid, calcium, fiber, and more.

We took them on a weekend trip to Chicago – it was the perfect thing for breakfast at our hostel.

They are healthy, satisfying and curb your appetite for hours. Plus they would be perfect for a summer kids’ snack. I keep one or two in my purse in case I get stuck somewhere and need a snack to get me through to meal time.

The only thing you’ll turn the oven on for is to toast the oats, which you can do in a large batch and keep them on hand. Then this comes together in literally 10 minutes!

Thanks to my daughter, Angela, for sharing this recipe with me. 🙂
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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of Old Fashioned Oats, toasted (not quick-cooking oats)
  • 2 tablespoons of Chia seeds (widely available at natural food coops and vitamin stores)
  • 1/2 cup smooth, natural peanut butter or 3/4 cup of natural almond butter (try Trader Joe’s almond butter with roasted flaxseed)
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite additives (sunflower seeds, crushed almonds, crushed pecans, craisins, cranberries, raisins, dried blueberries, chopped figs or dates, etc.)

Preparation:
Toast the oats on a deep cookie sheet in a 400 degree F oven for 5-7 minutes; set aside

Line a 9×9 or 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper

Put the honey and nut butter in a small saucepan over medium-to-low heat. Melt the mixture just enough to combine until it’s smooth – don’t boil or simmer. Set aside to cool. (You could also do this in the microwave.)

Gather and prepare your 1/2 cup of additives

Put the cooled oats in a medium bowl and add the nut and honey mixture. Mix well with a wooden spoon until well coated.

Put the mixture into the parchment-lined baking dish and spread evenly. The bars will be about 1/4 inch thick.

When they have set for 5 minutes, carefully lift out the parchment paper from baking dish and let cool on a baking rack for about 1 hour.

Cut into squares or narrow sticks and keep in an airtight container.

These no-bake granola bars will keep for a couple of weeks, IF they last that long!

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