I have been searching Pinterest again. I am hooked on that site. The latest search has been for a no-bake granola bar recipe.
Pookie just LOVES granola bars. Most recently, he ate an entire box of the Cliff bars in one sitting. It is nearly impossible to keep him in good supply of them. With that in mind, I started looking for recipes to keep him – and the rest of us – well stocked. I especially wanted to have a no-bake version that will allow me to make them throughout the summer without heating up the kitchen.
I found that in all the recipes, there was a basic theme for ingredients. The liquid ingredients were nearly always the same and in the same amounts. To these were added the dry ingredients. Again, the type of ingredients were very similar in type and amount. The only true variation was in the type of cereal or trail mix added to the recipe. With that in mind, here is the basic recipe that I am making.
No-Bake Granola Bar
In a saucepan, melt together:
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
4 Tbs butter
Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 teas. Vanilla
To the liquid ingredients, stir in:
2 cups of quick oats
1 cup crispy rice cereal (can be substituted with trail mix, graham cereal, or other favorite cereal)
Press the mixture into an 8×8 inch pan that has been lined with parchment paper sprayed with vegetable spray.
Top the mixture with:
1/2 cup chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, M&Ms, peanut butter chips, or a mixture of any of these.
Chill for about 1-2 hours before cutting into 12 bars.
Now that you have the basics, here are a few variations that may be fun to try.
Graham cereal topped with a mixture of mini marshmallows & chocolate chips for a S’mores bar
Chocolate flavored crispy rice cereal with cherry flavored chips for a Chocolate-covered cherry flavored bar
Chocolate flavored crispy rice cereal with peanut butter chips for a peanut butter cup bar
Basic granola bar recipe with a mixture of finely diced dried fruits mixed in for a trail mix bar
Basic recipe with a mixture of granola cereal with coconut, finely diced dried pineapple & papaya for a tropical bar