Monday, January 28, 2013

Easy, Healthy, Homemade Granola Bars

I adapted this recipe from Brigette's original. It's actually not any cheaper than buying a box of Quaker Chewy granola bars, but it's much more nourishing, and certainly tastier!

I whipped up a batch a earlier in the week, and they were a huge hit. They are sweet, salty, chewy, and delicious!

Easy, Healthy Homemade Granola Bars

2 1/2 cups toasted oat cereal
1 3/4 cups quick oats
1/4 cup ground flax seed meal
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup pepitas
2 Tablespoons honey
2 Tablespoons agave nectar
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup sugar-free peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chocolate chips

In a large bowl, mix together the first 5 ingredients; set aside.

In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, melt together the honey, agave nectar, maple syrup, brown sugars, and salt. Bring to a complete boil, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds. Remove pan from heat, and stir in the peanut butter. When fully combined and smooth, add the dry ingredients, mixing thoroughly to combine.

Allow mixture to cool for 4-5 minutes, then quickly stir in the chocolate chips. Press the mixture into a 9 x 13 baking dish. Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.

The Gentle Mom

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