What kid doesn’t love a good granola bar and what parents doesn’t love an easy no bake recipe. Exactly.
I’m weeks [possibly days or hours] away from having this kid. I have a feeling I’ll blink and the next thing I know, he’ll be 5 years old acting in as my new food critic. So… I figured I’d start practicing on those kid-friendly snacks now.
Helps that I have have the appetite of a 5 year old.
I tested a few different recipes and this one [with the peanut butter] was the stand out. These are chewy, chocolatey and a healthy balance of grains.
Kid or not, these are for everyone to enjoy!
Note: if not gluten-free, you can use regular oats and cereal
Gluten-free ‘no bake’ Granola Bars
- 1 3/4 cups gluten-free oats
- 1 3/4 cup gluten-free rice cereal or rice krispies
- ½ cup shredded coconut
- 1/8 cup ground flax seed
- 1/3-1/2 cup honey
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- pinch of salt
- 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips – or replace with dried fruit
Cut parchment paper to fit a 9×13 or 8″ pan. This will make it easier to remove the granola bars.
Combine oats, cereal, coconut and flaxseed in a bowl and mix together.
In a small saucepan, over medium heat, mix honey, brown sugar and salt. Stir until it comes to a slight boil.
Remove from heat, stir in the peanut butter and vanilla until incorporated.
Pour the warm mixture over the dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
Let cool for about 20 minutes or so before mixing in the chocolate chips. Add mixture to the prepared pan and with a piece of parchment paper; press down to even out the surface. Place in a safe spot [out of reach from tiny hands or pets] and cover with a paper towel or cloth and let sit for a few hours to let everything set.
Remove from the pan and cut into bars. Enjoy!
Makes about 12 bars
October 16 2012