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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Chewy No Bake Granola Bars


I've posted a recipe here at New Nostalgia for Homemade Granola bars that I like, but I've been wanting one that is less dense and more gooey and chewy.  I found what I was looking for thanks to Allison at AllinSon!
They are easy, they make a whole 9x13 pan full, and my kids love 'em!  They are on the sweet side, but that is what I was looking for, something that tasted sweet but with some fiber and wholesome goodness along with it.  These pass for dessert around our house, and that makes me very happy!

{I used Chia Seeds in mine, read more below}

 Chewy No Bake Granola Bars

  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar (I used Sucanat)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2-1/2 cups oats or leftover granola
  • 1/2 cup total of the following ingredients: wheat germ {about 1/4 cup}, ground flax seeds {about 2 tablespoons} and whole flax seeds {about 2 tablespoons}.  Or substitute with more oatmeal, rice cereal, or nuts. 
  • 1/2 cup Craisins 
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds (I used sunflower seeds)
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (didn't use, I was out)
  • *I added 2 Tbls Chia seeds
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar with the honey and butter. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, then lower the heat to medium-low and simmer until the sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, except for the chocolate chips, to the saucepan and fold the ingredients to evenly coat with the sauce. Transfer the granola mixture to a 9-by-13-inch ungreased baking pan and press firmly to evenly fill. Gently press the chocolate chips onto the top of the granola. Let the granola mixture set in the fridge until firm, about 15 minutes, then cut into 2-1/4-by 3-inch bars.
  3. Store in the fridge.
These seem very flexible as far as ingredients go.  I want to add some cinnamon next time and maybe try a peanut butter version.  The recipe is GREAT just how it is, too!

A little bit about:

Navitas Naturals Chia Seeds Aztec Superfood, 16 Ounce Pouch

Chia seeds and I are becoming fast friends.  Why?

~the are jammed packed with protein and minerals and healthy fats and fiber
~they provide more plant based Omega 3's than any other food, even FLAX
~they have 5 GRAMS of fiber PER TABLESPOON!
~they are flavorless and dissolve in juice, soups, stews, shakes etc..
~they are FILLING!

9 comments:

  1. Those look amazing and I am going to have to check out these Chia seeds:)

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  2. These look great! Thanks for the recipe!

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  3. Wow - my husband is going to LOVE these. I just scolded him for buying ridiculously expensive granola bars - I told him he could make them for less...looks like he will be busy this week! I am your newest follower (though I could have sworn I was already following?!) #608. :)

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  4. love this recipe - i've been chowing down on granola bars daily for the last month or so, and this will help me save TONS of money!

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  5. Can't wait to try this recipe!

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  6. do u have any nutritional facts?

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  7. Good way to use up my year's supply of rolled oats! Cn't wait to try~~

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  8. do these travel well? meaning can I put them in kids' lunch box and will still be solid after several hours?
    Or even on a road trip: we're planning a LONG road trip this summer (from deep south to Northeast U.S.) and I want to pack as much wholesome food as I can. Would like to know if these will still be solid after a few days in picnic bag we will have in car. Thanks (I've signed up for emails; your site looks interesting.)

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  9. these actually hold up pretty well. You could take the mixture and roll into balls, which might be even better for traveling.

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