August 28, 2008

Healthy Oat Granola Bars

I've been on the hunt to find a healthy granola bar that tastes great as well, so I created this recipe from a bunch of other granola bar recipes that I have collected over the past. I was looking for something that had little sugar, tasted great but was also health conscious as well. I think it has a good chewy consistency and a good nutty to chocolaty ratio. I wrapped them up individually and took them on our camping trip and everyone enjoyed them.

Healthy Oat Granola Bars

1 1/2 Cups Rice Krispies cereal
1 1/2 Cups of oats
1/4 Cup oat bran
1/4 Cup chopped almonds
1/2 Cup honey
1/2 Cup peanut butter (smooth or chunky)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 Cup mini chocolate chips

1) Line and grease an 8in. baking pan
2) Combine cereal, oats, oat bran, and almonds in a large mixing bowl
3) Meanwhile, bring honey to a boil over medium heat while continually stirring
4) Remove from heat and add peanut butter and vanilla and stir until well combined
5) Pour honey mixture over cereal mixture and mix until everything is evenly coated
6) Stir in mini chocolate chips
7) Transfer to baking sheet and press down into pan (I use a potato masher to press ingredients firmly into the pan)
8) Chill in fridge until hard and then cut into bars and enjoy!

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