Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Easy No-Bake Granola Bars {Vegan + Gluten Free}




Remember when I made those peanut butter krispie treats? My family and I were pretty much obsessed with those. And they were so easy that I started thinking I should replace some of the crisp cereal with oats and make granola bars. And I am SO glad I did - these bars are much healthier AND tastier than the store-bought version and take just 5 minutes to mix up! They lasted 1 day in our house and I put half bars in the girls' lunch boxes. Our whole family loved these - they're a must try.To cut down on sugar I used sugar free maple syrup. I found a few more natural varieties at Whole Foods and went with one sweetened with Xylitol, which is one of the few sweeteners I'm okay with and has the added bonus of preventing cavities. You can use honey, agave, or regular maple syrup for these if you prefer. I threw some Chia seeds on top for added nutrition. 

Recipe after the break! 







Easy No-Bake Granola Bars
Makes 10 bars 

2 cups oats (be sure to get gluten free if desired) 
1 cup brown rice crisp cereal 
pinch of salt if using unsalted peanut butter 
1/4 cup melted coconut oil 
1/2 cup peanut, almond, or seed butter  
1/4 cup maple syrup, agave, or honey (I used sugar-free syrup made by Nature's Hollow, which is sweetened with Xylitol)  
1-2 tablespoons Chia or flax seeds (optional)
1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional, vegan or gf if desired) 

Line an 8-inch square baking dish with foil or parchment paper and coat with cooking spray. 

In a medium bowl, stir together oats, cereal, salt, oil, peanut butter, syrup, and seeds with a rubber spatula. Mixture should hold together when pressed into a ball. If it is too dry, add a little more syrup until the mixture sticks together. 

Press oat mixture into the prepared dish. Place into the refrigerator or freezer until hardened, about 10 minutes. If topping with chocolate, place chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Heat at 30 second intervals, stirring between, until melted. Drizzle over bars with by dipping a fork into the chocolate, or transferring the cooled chocolate to a bag with tip snipped off. Cut into bars. Store granola bars in the refrigerator, covered. 



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28 comments:

  1. I adore this recipe! So simple and tasty looking :)

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  2. These bars look so delicious, perfect for an afternoon snack!

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  3. This looks amazing!

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  4. My kids would love these! And so simple!

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  5. There is not enough time in the day and room in my stomach to try all your amazing recipes, Marina! I've been cooking from your cookbook all week long and I'm LOVING it. So is my family. Best part is, it's guilt free! Those interested can check out my faves so far on my blog, progressoverperfectionblog.com. Seriously, buy the book... it's great. :)

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  6. They look absolutely delicious Marina!!!

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  7. Making these tonight for our road trip !! :D

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  8. Looks delicious- love that you cut back on sugar using sugar free syrup!

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  9. These bars look delicious.. and no bake too.. perfect!!

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  10. I just found your website and I am LOVING all of these healthy and tasty foods. These bars look amazing and you can't beat no-bake.

    By the way I featured your Coconut Macadamia Nut Banana Muffins recipe on my Top 15 Healthiest Tasty Treats list. If you want a badge for your site or just to check it out feel free to look at it out here: http://nickieslittlebubble.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-top-15-healthies-tasty-treats.html Have a good day!

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  11. just made these for my boys, they are super easy and delicious.
    I noticed a typo for melting the chocolate, I think you meant 30 sec intervals!

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    1. Aaaah! I hope no one thought I really meant 30 minute!!! Thank you!

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  12. Hi, What could I use in place of the nut butter as I am allergic? Thanks!

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    1. Seed butter would be great. There are several varieties of no-nut butters right next to the peanut butters at Whole Foods, Trader Joes, and other natural food stores.

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  13. Do you know how excited I am about this recipe? I have been going through three boxes of cliff bars a week! This looks great!

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  14. How could any kid resist these?! Especially with that final chocolate drizzle.

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  15. This is one healthy and easy to make recipe that the kids will surely be thrilled to get a bite. I'll surely try this one over the weekend.

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  16. I will definitely have to try these Marina. We are doing more gluten-free eating at home these days...so this is perfect!
    BTW, I haven't had a chance to tell you congratulations on the book! So excited to get my hands on it!!
    xo - Marion

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  17. One of my kids has a peanut/tree nut allergy and is sensitive to sun-butter as well - are there any peanut/tree nut/seed free alternatives to the half cup of peanut/tree nut/seed butter in this recipe that you can recommend?

    Thanks so much!
    Heather

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    1. Hi Heather,

      You could try coconut butter unless coconut is also problematic. Or you could try smashed banana to hold everything together the way the peanut butter does. Because I haven't tried it, I'm not sure how this mixture would hold together without the butter, however, it may hold together just fine if you add a little more syrup, honey, or agave syrup.

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  18. Hi Marina,

    I just made these bars and they are delicious. I have been trying to cut out processed foods and love making these bars and the peanut butter chia cookies for my kids (and myself). Do you know the fat and calorie content per bar? I want to make sure we don't get to carried away with our sweet tooth!
    Thank you!
    Gina

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  19. Hi Gina! I haven't calculated nutrition facts for these yet. I know what you mean about getting carried away though :) I tend to do that sometimes.

    I usually use the calculator here: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/recipe/calculator

    I am just not sure if I will have time to do it this week for this recipe. Sorry about that!

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  20. No worries and thank you for the wonderful recipes! I am making more peanut butter chia cookies this moment!

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  21. these are spectacular. you are quickly becoming my go-to blogger for yumminess :).

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  22. Anonymous7:40 PM

    These are delicious! Mine were a little crumbly when I cut into them and I notice they are very ooey gooey, but yours look a little more dry. I think I would prefer them a little less gooey when serving to guests. Any tips, do you sometimes add more dry ingredients and should I press a bit before letting it settle?

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    1. Hi and thanks!

      I would try starting with less of the agave/syrup/etc that you are using or add a little more oats or cereal until it's the consistency you like. It could be differences in peanut butter as well.

      I kept my bars refrigerated. Were yours room temp? If so that could make them gooey :) I hope that helps.

      Oh, and yes, it I did press the mixture down with the back of a measuring cup.

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