Lately the kids have gotten super picky about which foods they will eat for snacks. Among that small list of foods is granola bars, unfortunately these get expensive very whenever five of us are eating these daily. So I decided to make some of my own in an effort to save some money and to eliminate some of those unknown ingredients in the prepackaged bars. Whenever I made these granola bars I split the batch in half and made one batch of plain oatmeals and one with small white chocolate chips. Unfortunately the ones with white chocolate chips were not camera friendly (i.e. fugly), so behold the plain no bake granola bars that were ready to devour in no time!
4 Cups quick cooking oats
2 Cups rice crispy cereal
1 Cup brown sugar
1/2 Cup shredded coconut
1/2 Cup butter
1/2 Cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
In a large bowl mix together your oats, coconut and cereal and set aside.
Put your butter, cinnamon, salt and brown sugar in a small pot and bring to a boil. Once your mixture comes to a boil set a time for 2 minutes and reduce heat so it doesn’t overcook make sure that it continues to boil though.
Line two medium sized pans with wax paper. Set aside any addition add ins that you would like to have in your granola bars (nuts, raisins, chocolate etc).
Pour your mixture over your mixture of oats and stir like crazy to get all of the oats covered.
Add your desired mix in, or enjoy plain like we did.
Pour the mixture into your lined pans and press mixture firmly so that all of the oats will stick together. If you do not press these together enough the bars will be weak and will fall apart all over you whenever you try to eat them!
Put your pans into the fridge for 25 minutes to set. Cut these into squares and enjoy!
Like I said we tried adding white chocolate and it was delicious, but next time we are trying almonds and raisins.
I hope your family enjoys this recipe as much as mine did!