Thursday, March 1, 2012

allergy friendly no-bake granola bars

(adapted from http://wiseanticsoflife.blogspot.com/2011/09/homemade-clif-bars-your-recipe-my.html)

this is our new favorite homemade snack--homemade chewy granola bars. life is still pretty busy around here, but this doesn't take long to make and i can make it without dairy or peanuts. it could also be gluten free. after fiddling around with the recipe for two weeks, we finally got it how we like it.

3c. rice crispy cereal, or equiv.
1 1/2 c. quick oats
1/2c. flax meal
1/2c. chopped nuts (we use walnuts)
1/3c. dried fruit or seeds (or any combination of them)
1c. nut butter
1c. honey

bring honey to a boil in microwave or on stovetop. stir in nut butter. set aside. mix rest of ingredients in a bowl and pour honey/nut butter mixture on top. mix well until all of the dry ingredients are incorporated. line a 9x13" pan with wax paper. dump mixture into pan and use an extra sheet of wax paper to firmly press the mixture into the pan evenly. when cool, lift the bars out of the pan with the wax paper and cut into rectangles or squares. they're best stored in the refrigerator and we think they taste better after the first day.

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