Monday, January 23, 2012

Hippy Dippy Granola Bars

Crunchy, slightly sweet, satisfying, tasty! These are all words I would use to describe these homemade granola bars.  I was super happy when my husband proclaimed they are "delicious" and my boys asked for seconds! Healthy + Yummy = Mission-Accomplished! Great for a snack or breakfast. Enjoy!

2 c. old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 c. whole raw almonds
1/4 c. wheat germ
1 c. natural peanut butter
1/4 c. honey
1/4 c. real maple syrup
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 c. Rice Krispies
1/3 c. craisins
1/4 c. chocolate chips (optional)
1/2 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 350F

Pour oats, almonds and wheat germ in a single layer onto a large rimmed baking sheet. Toast in a 350F oven for 10 - 12 minutes.

While oats are toasting, heat peanut butter, honey, syrup and vanilla in a saucepan over medium heat until peanut butter is melted. Give a good stir and remove from heat.

Combine Rice Krispies, Craisins, chocolate chips (if using) and salt in a large bowl. Pour peanut butter mixture on top and stir to combine. Add oat mixture and stir again. Press mixture into a greased 8X8" pan and let chill in the fridge until firm, 10-15 minutes. Cut into bars. Tastes great with a cold glass of milk!

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