Easy 5 Minute Granola Bars
I impressed myself this weekend with easy-peasy 5 minute granola bars. A tiny bit sticky to make but I think they are worth it. I usually eat a granola bar on my way to bootcamp in the morning and these are a cheaper alternative. They are chewy (as opposed to crunchy), not supersweet and have a nutty flavor that I like. Store them in the refrigerator individually wrapped for easy grab and go snacks. All in all thumbs up.
The recipe came from FANNEtastic Food. Check it out...
1 & 3/4 C rolled oats
1 C crisp puffed brown rice cereal (I used Kashi)
3/4 C seeds (I used 1/4 C each of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and chia seeds)
1/4 C finely ground flaxseed
1/4 C unsweetened coconut
1/2 C brown rice syrup
1/3 C creamy peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
* I also added 2 T of mini chocolate chips and am thinking craisins might be a nice addition too.
Add all the dry ingredients to a large bowl. Mix them together. In a separate (microwave safe) bowl, mix together the wet ingredients, then microwave them for about 20 to 30 seconds. This will make it easier to mix and add to the dry ingredients since it’s really sticky!
Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix! Keep mixing until the wet binding ingredients are as well distributed as possible. Put some muscle into it! Then, put the mixture into a shallow pan and flatten it down. Refrigerate. Done and done!