When I originally glanced at this recipe I was thinking granola bar….well, it’s more like a rice krispie treat with oats and flax meal in it. Really yummy, no doubt, but definitely not a “health food” snack! I’m sticking with the fact that it at least doesn’t have any scary processed yuck in it like most cereal/snack bars you buy at the store, so it can’t be that bad 🙂 Thanks to happymoneysaver.com for the recipe.
- 1 cup crunchy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup raw sugar or brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups honey
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 4 cups crisp rice cereal
- 2 2/3 cups old fashioned oats
- 2/3 cups ground flax seed
- 1/2 to 1 cup mini chocolate chips
- In a large bowl, combine oats, cereal, and ground flax seed.
- Measure out honey, sugar, coconut oil, and sea salt; place in a saucepan over medium heat.
- Bring to a boil.
- Boil for exactly one minute, stirring the entire time so that the mixture combines and sugars dissolve.
- Remove pan from heat; add peanut butter and vanilla.
- Stir until smooth.
- Pour over the dry cereal mixture and stir until well combined.
- Let mixture sit for 5-8 minutes.
- Line a large cookie sheet or jelly roll pan with parchment paper.
- Pour mix onto cookie sheet.
- Cover with another piece of parchment and use a same-size cookie sheet to press the mixture down into bars.
- Remove top layer of parchment; sprinkle with chocolate chips.
- Cover again with parchment and repeat the pressing process so that chips stick into the bars.
- Allow to cool and cut into bars.
- These are REALLY yummy. A great quickie sweet treat. Again – NOT a true healthy snack (loads of sugar as you can see!) but at least all natural ingredients.
- I made the mistake of using a very small saucepan, when it comes to a boil it foams up quite a bit. You might want to use a bigger pan than you’d think you’d need.
- I also halved the recipe because I wanted to try it out. Made it a little tough to find two pans that were small enough to make a proper layer with but I fudged it. Just think about that ahead of time if you plan to halve the recipe!
- The original recipe says that you can freeze these by wrapping individual bars in plastic; apparently they will thaw out within a few hours. I didn’t try it so I can’t vouch for the post-freezer taste and consistency!