No Bake Granola Bars {recipe}

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I’m not one for a big breakfast, especially during the busy work week…but, like they say, breakfast IS the most important meal of the day so I always try to incorporate something healthy & quick (like my Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cake).  One of my favorite things for a quick breakfast are fruit & nut granola bars (Kashi brand), but those can get boring and pricey too…so I’ve been experimenting with lots of different granola bar recipes lately.  After a more than a few fails, I finally hit on an awesome NO BAKE granola bar recipe (adapted from a recipe on Cooking Classy)…here’s the recipe for some amazing No Bake Granola Bars No Bake Granola Bars {recipe makes 12}

Approx. 150 calories per bar

  • 2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup Rice Krispies Cereal
  • 1/3 cup raw almonds (chopped)
  • 1 Tbsp poppy seed
  • 4 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp almond extract

In a mixing bowl combine quick oats, Rice Krispies Cereal, chopped almonds and poppy seeds, set aside.

Melt coconut oil in a medium saucepan then stir in brown sugar, honey and salt. Bring mixture to a boil over medium high heat stirring constantly, then reduce temperature to medium low and simmer 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, stir in almond extract.

Pour sugar mixture over oat mixture and toss mixture until evenly coated. With buttered hands, firmly press mixture into a buttered 11 x 7 baking dish. Cover dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate 15 minutes.

Cut granola into bars and store at room temperature.  I wrapped the bars individually for a quick grab and eat breakfast, perfect.

 YUM. Now that’s my kind of breakfast.

Enjoy!

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