Easy Homemade Granola Bars
Are you sick of the hard to pronounce ingredients in your kids granola bars? You shouldn't need a chemical engineering degree to know what's in your food. These easy homemade granola bars are quick to make and taste way better than the mass produced versions.
1 cup creamy peanut butter
pinch of salt if using unsalted peanut butter
1/3 cup maple syrup or agave
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups quick oats
1 cup brown rice crisp cereal
1 heaping tablespoon flax meal
2 tablespoons hemp hearts
1/3 cup chocolate chips
1. Line an 8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, whisk together the peanut butter, salt, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
2. In a medium bowl, stir together oats, cereal, flax meal and hemp hearts. Add the wet peanut butter mixture to the dry ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula until combined. Mixture should hold together when pressed into a ball. If it is too dry, add a little more syrup until the mixture sticks together.
3. Press oat mixture firmly into the prepared dish. I use a ramekin coated with cooking spray. If topping with chocolate, place chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Heat at 30 second intervals, stirring between, until melted. Drizzle over bars by dipping a fork into the chocolate.
4. Place in the refrigerator or freezer until set, about 1 hour. Cut into bars. Store granola bars in the refrigerator, covered. These bars do tend to get crumbly at room temperature and are best eaten cold.