Homemade Granola Bars

My family loves granola bars and when I scoured recipes in books and recipes on the internet a lot of them called for a lot of sugar and fat. I really don’t want to feed my family non healthy food to start their day with, so I came up with this recipe. I was told that this was a hit, but next time could I please add some chocolate chips, raisins or something else. So I am actually going to make another batch with some (very little) chocolate chips and maybe some sunflower seeds today.

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Mix together in a bowl 1 cup crispy rice cereal, 2 cups quick cooking oatmeal, and 1/2 cup of flax seed. You could substitute wheat germ or nuts if you like. Set to one side.

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In a microwave safe bowl combine 3/4 cup peanut butter, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 tsp. of vanilla, and 1/2 cup of honey. Microwave until smooth and creamy. Cook at 25 or 30 intervals that way it won’t get too runny.

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Mix the peanut butter mixture and the oatmeal mixture together. I started to stir it together with my spatula, but it quickly became obvious that using my hands was a lot easier :).

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Line a 8×8 pan with aluminum foil and put the mixture in the pan. Chill for an hour in the refrigerator and then you can cut them into bars.

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I used a pizza cutter to cut the bars and it worked really slick! While I liked these bars, and I am usually a peanut butter lover, I actually thought that these were too sweet so I might cut back on the honey and peanut butter next time. I was given a jar of almond butter so I will try that sometime along with some chopped almonds and maybe some wheat germ.

These bars make a great on the go breakfast. They are filling and if you have a banana and fat free milk along with it, this will hold you all morning and will curb those mid morning munchies!

 

Beth

 

 

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