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Homemade No Bake Granola Bars

I've been on the lookout for a great homemade granola bar recipe for a while.  My friend, Diana, sent me this recipe and I've made it seven times in the last few weeks.  Six of those batches were for samples for my booth at the preparedness last weekend. 

These are really fun to make with kids.  It takes only a few minutes to whip up a batch.  The hardest part is waiting for them to cool and firm up.  Putting them in the fridge speeds that process up though. 

I'm excited to play around with the ingredients a bit more, maybe decreasing the butter or using coconut oil instead.  I didn't add any fruit or nuts for the preparedness fair samples, but I'll be adding them next time I make them.  I'll be making them soon.


Homemade Granola Bars
Ingredients
  • 6 T. butter
  • 1/3 c. brown sugar
  • 6 T. honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 2 c. quick oats
  • 1 3/4 c. Rice Krispies
  • 1/2 c. dried fruit or nuts
  • 1/4 c. ground flaxseed or wheat germ
  • 1/4 c. mini chocolate chips

Directions
  1. Heat butter, brown sugar and honey in saucepan. Stir on medium heat until bubbly and slightly thickened.
  2. Mix in vanilla and salt. Remove from heat.
  3. In separate bowl, combine oats, cereal, dried fruit or nuts, flaxseed or wheat germ.
  4. Pour syrup over dry ingredients. Stir carefully until combined.
  5. Press mixture into foil-lined 9x13 pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and press into mixture.
  6. Let sit until firm. Cut into bars.        
I like to store these in the refrigerator or freezer.    Try different combinations of nuts, fruit and/or chocolate.                           
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