Quickie granola bars

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Tonight we have another quickie – it’s getting busy at work, and I haven’t had much time for anything else.  I was scrolling through Pinterest (ok I said not *much* time – priorities!) and stumbled on these bars.  They’re quick and looked good, so I figured I’d give them a spin.

I didn’t have quick oats, so my bars didn’t stick together super well – as I made them tonight, these wouldn’t travel, but I don’t care what shape they’re in before I eat them :)  So if you don’t have quick oats and don’t need to take these on the go, use the old-fashioned variety like I did and enjoy.

These are so much better than the ones from the box, and a lot more economical.  I like being able to control what goes in them, and I can’t wait to experiment with the varieties I can make.

Have you made granola bars before?  What do you put in yours?

Chewy granola bars
 
 
These snack bars will take literally 3 minutes to make. Dress them up with your own add-ins and flavors like coconut, nuts, cinnamon, dried fruit...you get the idea.
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: Simple, healthy, quick, no-bake
Cuisine: Snack
: 10
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup crisp rice cereal
  • ¼ cup light agave syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ⅛ cup almond or peanut butter (optional)
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
Instructions
  1. Grease a 12x8 pan or line with parchment. (You could also use an 8x8 - the bars will just be thicker.)
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats and rice and set aside.
  3. In a small pan over medium-high heat, combine brown sugar, butter and agave until mixture is bubbly.
  4. Turn down heat to just under medium, and continue to cook for 2 more minutes.
  5. Remove from heat, add vanilla and almond or peanut butter.
  6. Pour wet mixture over dry, and stir to combine well.
  7. Press mixture firmly into prepared pan, then sprinkle with chocolate chips and press into top lightly. Let cool, and cut into 10 bars.

 

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