Organic Granola Bars

Homemade. Chemical free. Gluten free. 100% Organic Granola Bars.

I believe all of our food should have ingredients we can pronounce! I challenge you to read the ingredient list on a box of commercially manufactured granola bars then tell me how many of the ingredients you actually recognize as food without having a PHD in chemistry. In lieu of doing enough research for a college term paper, make these granola bars instead!

 

2 kids and I made them in 20 min.  And yes ladies…. that is chocolate!

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups quick cooking oats or whole oats (I put mine into the food processor)
1 cup crispy rice cereal
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

  1. In a large bowl, stir oats, coconut and rice cereal together. Set aside.
  2. In a small pot, melt butter, honey and brown sugar together over medium high heat until it comes to a bubble.
  3. Reduce the heat and cook 2 minutes. Pour in vanilla and stir. Pour over dry ingredients and mix well to moisten all ingredients.
  4. Transfer mixtures into lightly greased small jelly roll pan {about 12x8x1} and press out to be about 3/4 inch in thickness. {If your pan isn’t small enough, pack the mixture into one side. You really want to press them down so they stick together.}
  5. Add any toppings now-sprinkle on top then press lightly to imbed into granola mixture. Cool on a countertop to room temperature for two hours or until the toppings are set before cutting into bars.
  6. Wrap in parchment or plastic wrap and store at room temperature.
    Tips I learned from trial and error
  • Do not put into fridge or freezer prior to cutting  they will harden and literally fly into pieces when you cut them. (Slightly entertaining and also slightly irritating)
  • A pizza cutter rocks – it’s way smoother to use than a knife and easier on the wrists.
  • Chocolate chips melt if you mix them into the batter.
  • Make them in bulk, freeze them, then use your vacuum sealer. Store them for up to 6 month.
  • Freeze after cutting and prior to using the food sealer so they don’t get crushed during the vacuum sealing process.
  • Have fun! Add in dried fruit, nuts, put chocolate on the top, or better yet some type of nut butter or milled flax. You can add a tablespoon or 2 of nut butter to the recipe during step 2. (I added in dried cherries and craisins….YUM)

Please leave comments with your variations of this recipe! I would love to hear what you have prepared. Variety is the spice of life and I will be making the most of on those variations as well![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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