No Bake Chewy Snack Bars.

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.

Ingredients:

  • 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

Instructions:

  • 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.

Notes:

  • 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!
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