No-Bake Granola Bars

I’ve been wanting to make easy and healthy granola bars for ages now. I found a recipe that looked super tasty and tried it out. The recipe starts out with 5 ingredients to create a “base”. You can either stop here or add in any number of goodies (from chocolate chips to dried fruit). I made the “base” bar and then added a tablespoon of applesauce, an extra tablespoon of honey, dried cranberries, and half of an overripe banana. It also gives the instructions to bake them, but I opted to not turn on our oven in this heat! You can buy gluten free oats to make this gluten free. Here’s the recipe from this site:

5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Granola Bars

makes 12-16 granola squares

4 cups rolled oats

2 tablespoons chia seeds (these are optional, I just love the texture they give)

1/2 cup unsalted peanuts, chopped

3/4 cup natural peanut butter, melted

1/2 cup brown rice syrup (honey works too!)
add ins:

chocolate chips

wheat germ

flaxseed

dried fruit (I made some with cherries!)

other nuts

seeds

coconut

Preheat oven to 350.

In a large bowl, combine oats, chia seeds and peanuts. Add brown rice syrup (or honey) and mix to combine. Add melted peanut butter and mix until moistened. This works as a perfect, simple granola bar, but you can also throw in any add-ins at this time. Fold them into the dough. You may need to get in there with your hands and work the granola dough! If dough is still too dry (this can depend on your ingredients) add more peanut butter or syrup (or honey) 1 tablespoon at a time until moistened.

Press dough in a greased (non-stick spray) 9 x 13 baking dish. Bake for 25 minutes.

These would also work as a great no-bake granola bar, but I liked how they came together and the chocolate chips melted as they got warm. If you want to make no-bakes, simply press the dough into the pan and refrigerate for 60 minutes.

Thanks for the recipe, How Sweet It Is!

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