So we needed a quick after-school snack today, and I decided on granola bars (though I’ve never made them before). I did a quick search on Martha Stewart’s site (because you can rarely go wrong with the taste of her recipes) and found this video for No-Nuttin’ Granola Bars.
This recipe is just what I needed, and I adapted it for what we had on-hand in our own kitchen. The flavor still came out amazing! Took about 30 minutes to create these tasty granola bars, including the quick-cool time in the freezer.
These will become treats for our next road trip for sure!
- ⅓ cup light tasting olive oil (or other heart-healthy oil)
- ⅓ cup honey
- ⅓ cup sucanat (or lightly packed brown sugar)
- 1¾ cup rolled oats
- 1¼ cup cereal (We used some bran flakes we had on-hand, but you can use crisp rice cereal, cheerios, or whatever you have.)
- ¾ cup dark chocolate chips
- ¼ cup nuts of your choice (optional)
- Line an 8-inch round or square pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Combine the oil and sugars in a sauce pan over med-high heat. Stir until boiling. Boil for 1 minute while stirring. (This will caramelize and thicken.)
- Combine the oats, cereal, and nuts in a large bowl.
- Pour the liquid into the oat mixture and incorporate together well.
- Gently spread mixture into pan, WITHOUT pressing down.
- Add chocolate chips over the top and press down firmly all over so that chips get into the granola mixture.
- For a quick cool, place the pan for 15 minutes in the freezer. Or you can cool them out on the counter and let them come to room temperature.
- Cut into pieces and try your best to share them with someone else!