I’ve been trying to come up with a perfect homemade granola bars recipe since the fall, and I think I’ve finally done it!! While my previous attempts tasted amazing, they basically fell apart, which made them a little messy to eat and not blog worthy ;) (The only bar recipe that’s made it onto the blog so far was my Cranberry Quinoa Peanut Butter Power Bars, which are awesome but involve baking, and I wanted a no-bake version!)
So finally, I would like to debut:
Five Minute Peanut Butter Granola Bars!
The key ingredient that I’d been missing? Crisp puffed brown rice cereal. This gives the bars better sticking power AND gives them a nice crunch :)
And yes, these literally took me five minutes to throw together.
Five Minute Peanut Butter Granola Bars
(makes about 10 to 12 bars)
- 1 & 3/4 C rolled oats
- 1 C crisp puffed brown rice cereal
- 3/4 C seeds (I used 1/4 C each of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and chia seeds)
- 1/4 C unsweetened coconut
- 1/8 C finely ground flaxseed
- 1/2 C brown rice syrup
- 1/3 C creamy peanut butter
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
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. Done and done!
Cut them into about 10 to 12 bars (they are probably a bit crumbly still, but don’t worry — the fridge will bind them!) and store them in the fridge. You can either just store them together in the big pan (covered with foil) or separately wrap them for easy grabbing and going! I did the latter.
Mmm… I wanted to eat them all immediately ;)
Enjoy!! These are not only delicious, but they pack a serious nutritional punch :) Let me know if you try them! I’m excited to have them to bring to class and work for snacks this week.
I’m off to work and then tonight as I mentioned we have our first Nutrition exam! I spent a solid 4 hours yesterday studying and then brought my flash cards with me to the gym this morning, so I’m feeling prepared :) I now know exactly what’s going on in my body as I eat my breakfast! Cool stuff. The human body is seriously amazing.
Have a great day! :)