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If you’re a regular reader of ThingsThatWeDo.com, you’ll know that my life unravels whenever I turn on the oven. Okay, I’m exaggerating but my baking life pretty much goes way down into the ‘toss into the garbage’ zone the minute I even think about baking and I know why. I don’t bake consistently so I lose my groove. When I do decide to bake, it then takes me a good 3 or 4 months to get into the swing of things and by then, I’m no longer interested in baking.
Having said that, I do like to food from scratch and then it donned on me. If I can make those lemon coconut no-bake bon bons, I’m sure I can make some other no bake goods too. Do a little search online and I learn it is possible. I talk to some pals at work and boom: no bake granola bars. Today’s post features my version of no-bake granola bars and trust me, if I can make them, you can too.
Recipe: No Bake Granola Bars – Ingredients Needed
This is a simple recipe and I love that only a few ingredients are needed:
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups quick cooking oats (not rolled oats)
1 cup Cheerios crushed
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
A sprinkle of chocolate chips (optional)
Recipe: How to Make No Bake Granola Bars
First things first: in a large bowl, I crushed up enough Cheerios to make 1 cup of crushed Cheerios. They were partly broken to resemble rice cereal pieces. Then, I mixed it in with the oats and put it aside. I lined a 9 x 9 tin pan with parchment paper.
In a medium size pot, I melted the butter, honey and brown sugar together slowly mixing and left it there until it started to bubble slightly. I let it go on a low heat setting for about 2 minutes and then I poured in the vanilla and mixed it well.
I then turned off the fire and poured in the cereal and oats mixture and combined it with the buttery mixture. You have no idea how delicious the kitchen smells right about now. I continue to mix until the oats mixture looks well blended and coated.
Now, I pour the mixture into my pan. Here comes the next trick: you want your granola bars to be about 3/4 inch thick so you don’t actually need the entire pan for this. What you want to do is pour the entire mixture into the pan and then start squishing it down to one side of the pan. Press down so everything sticks together. The more compact it is, the better the granola bars will set once they’ve cooled off. Leave holes and it’ll crumble and fall apart later.
To avoid getting it all over my hand, I usually use the parchment paper that is lining the unused side of the pan to press down on the granola mix. If you’ve done it correctly, you’ll end up with a roughly rectangular shape. If you want to, you could sprinkle a few chocolate chips on top while you’re pressing down. Personally, this didn’t turn out so well for me. I got grossed out by all the chocolate smearing everywhere because of course, it started to melt and honestly, the granola bars are sweet enough without them so don’t bother unless you want these bars extra sweet. You could also mix the chocolate chips in but again, totally optional.
At this point, you can just let them sit at room temperature for about 2 hours or so or until they’re set enough to cut. Cut them into whatever size works for you. You can either store them at room temperature or I prefer to keep them in the fridge. They come out of the fridge really hard but by the time I take them to work, they’re ready to enjoy! For my daughter, they go into the backpack and are ready to enjoy during recess.
No Bake Granola Bars – how do they taste?
I personally really like them with the crushed Cheerios more than any other cereal. The saltiness of the Cheerios helps to balance out the flavours. You could easily swap out some of the Cheerios for other options like slivered almonds, coconut, you name it. Next time I go to the grocery store, I’m going to let my kid pick the cereal of her choice and we’ll see how that turns out.
For now, enjoy these pics of our no bake granola bars. Trust me, if I can make them, you definitely can!
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