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You all know how much I hate to turn on the oven so I’ve been milking this no bake granola bar recipe for the past eternity. I don’t want it to get boring so we try changing up the ingredients a bit. This time, my daughter decided to add Nature’s Path millet puffs to the mix. I don’t know why she decided on the Nature’s Path millet puffs but we were at the grocery store and something about them caught her eye. Given that the Nature’s Path millet puffs are a healthy breakfast option, why not add them to these no bake granola bars and see how they turn out?
Recipe: No Bake Granola Bars with Nature’s Path millet puffs – Ingredients Needed
For this puffy no bake granola bar recipe using Nature’s Path millet puffs the ingredients you’ll need are as follows:
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups quick cooking oats (not rolled oats)
1 cup Cheerios crushed with Nature’s Path millet puffs (not quite sure of the amounts, maybe half and half. We just eyeballed it this time)
Recipe: How to Make No Bake Granola Bars with Nature’s Path millet puffs
The process is the same but of course, the only difference is the use of the Nature’s Path millet puffs. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t quite sure how these Nature’s Path millet puffs would hold up in the no bake granola bar recipe since they are softer and puffier. Everything I’ve used up to this point (the Cheerios, flax and almonds) have all been on the crunchier side.
As always, I crushed the Cheerios, mixed it with the oats and this time, I added in the Nature’s Path millet puffs. Set all that dry stuff to the side while the butter, honey and brown sugar were in the pot happily mixing together. Let that go on the stove top on low for about 2 minutes, give or take, mix in the vanilla and then dump the dry mix into the pot. Stir until everything is coated and get ready to dump the mixture into the tin pan that I’ve already lined with parchment paper.
As always, the key to success is to squish the mixture down on to the pan and make sure I don’t leave any empty pockets or it’ll crumble when you try to pick it up. I let it sit for a few hours and tada, they are done.
No Bake Granola Bars with Nature’s Path millet puffs – how do they taste?
Compared to the other versions of the no bake granola bars that we’ve made, I think this one with the Nature’s Path millet puffs is a bit on the sweeter side. Most likely, the Nature’s Path millet puffs are so basic (it’s only organic millet, after all) that they just don’t carry any saltiness to counteract the sweetness from the honey and brown sugar mix. So, note to self, if I make this again with the Nature’s Path millet puffs, I’ll be sure to go easier on the honey and brown sugar.
These no bake granola bars with the Nature’s Path millet puffs taste good but they are on the softer side. I expected as much given that they don’t exactly have the same crunch factor as almonds or flax seeds do. The bars still taste good but I’d say that I still like the bars I made with the flax seeds and almonds more.
My kid didn’t say it, but I think she prefers the other no bake granola bars we’ve made more than these ones. How do I know? Well, judging by the number of these no bake granola bars with the Nature’s Path millet puffs that were still left in the fridge after a few days, I think it’s safe to say they’re not her favourite. Now, this is no discredit to the Nature’s Path millet puffs because my kid happily ate bowlfuls of it plain just because she thought they were fun to eat. If I remember correctly, I think she said she liked them because they were “puffy and fun to eat, like little balls.” but I could be paraphrasing (brain is tired today).
I still love this no bake granola bar recipe and I’m going to continue to play around with it to see if I can find new and better combinations of flavours. I just can’t help myself because it is such an easy recipe and you can make so many different varieties. The giant bag of Nature’s Path millet puffs won’t go to waste since I’m sure my kid will go through them readily enough and there’s no sugar or salt in them so that’s a very good thing. You also get 15 g of whole grains per 16 g serving and that’s nothing to sneeze at. As for the granola bars, right now I’m thinking toasted coconut, sesame seeds, more almonds…yum yum yumm….
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