As a Pinterest lover, I’m always looking for new ways to make delicious treats for my family. Lately I’ve been pinning recipes for homemade granola bars. After some research and trial and error I’ve come up with a yummy recipe.

IMG_5079Here is what you will need:

IMG_5055In a large bowl, combine your oats, cereal, and flax. Stir with a large spoon until well combined. Set aside.

Place sugar, honey, oil, and salt in a sauce pan over medium heat. Bring it to a boil. Stirring the whole time, boil for exactly 1 minute so mixture combines and sugars dissolve.

Take pot off the heat and add in the peanut butter and vanilla. Stir until smooth.

Pour mixture over your dry mixture. Stir until well combined.

IMG_5056Let mixture sit for about 5-8 minutes.

Meanwhile, place a large sheet of parchment paper on a cookie sheet.

IMG_5057Pour mixture onto cookie sheet. Press with a second cookie sheet so it is flat. IMG_5063Then immediately spread your chocolate chips on the top and press again.IMG_5058Once the bars have cooled completely, slide parchment paper onto your counter.

Cut into bars.IMG_5071Wrap individually for easy freezer storage. IMG_5081 IMG_5083Enjoy!

Homemade Granola Bars
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  2. 1 1/2 cup honey
  3. 1/3 cup olive oil
  4. 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  5. 1 cup of your favorite peanut butter or almond butter
  6. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  7. 4 cup crisped rice cereal
  8. 2 2/3 cup old fashioned oats
  9. 2/3 cup ground flax seed
  10. 1/2 – 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  11. Cookie sheet
  12. Parchment paper
  13. Knife
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine your oats, cereal, and flax. Stir with a large spoon until well combined. Set aside.
  2. Place sugar, honey, oil, and salt in a sauce pan over medium heat. Bring it to a boil. Stirring the whole time, boil for exactly 1 minute so mixture combines and sugars dissolve.
  3. Take pot off the heat and add in the peanut butter and vanilla. Stir until smooth.
  4. Pour mixture over your dry mixture. Stir until well combined.
  5. Let mixture sit for about 5-8 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, place a large sheet of parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
  7. Pour mixture onto cookie sheet. Press with a second cookie sheet so it is flat.
  8. Then immediately spread your chocolate chips on the top and press again.
  9. Allow to cool. You can add it to your fridge or leave on counter to cool.
  10. Once the bars have cooled completely, slide parchment paper onto your counter.
  11. Cut into bars.
Notes
  1. To Freeze: Wrap each bar in plastic wrap. Place in a freezer safe zip lock bag and freeze. In the morning, I pull out a bar and put it in my children's lunches. By lunch hour they have thawed, becoming soft and chewy again.
Adapted from Happy Money Saver
Adapted from Happy Money Saver
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