Oatmeal Raisin No Bake Granola Bars

From www.foodfanatic.com by Stacey Mebs
Oatmeal Raisin No Bake Granola Bars

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I haven't made homemade granola bars in a while. I'm not sure why. Just one of those things that I make incessantly for a time, until everyone is completely sick of granola bars - and then I don't make them at all for months. It's been months. These oatmeal raisin no bake granola bars were a good way to get back on the granola bar making train.

The kids have even been noticing that I haven't been making as much snack food as usual. You know you need to start again when they start looking at their lunches and sighing because it's exactly the same every single day of the week.

There were actually gasps and cheers when they walked in the door after school and caught sight of these granola bars. Maybe they need to get out more? Need a little more excitement in their lives if granola bars elicit cheers? Possibly.

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I can't really blame them though. These are so tasty, so easy, and super customizable. Plus, there's only seven ingredients, and one of them is salt, so that doesn't even count. That's a quick and easy snack that you can feel good about giving to the kids. Or eating yourself (obviously).

These are actually reminiscent of Rice Krispie squares, but without the marshmallows and butter so they're a whole lot healthier. Which is actually why I used Rice Krispies in them, to make them a bit treat-like even though they're actually quite healthy.

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And for the crunch. I love using crispy cereals in my granola bars to make them nice and crunchy. You could easily swap those out for more rolled oats or some puffed rice though, if you prefer.

And then make many more variations, because you know these oatmeal raisin no bake granola bars won't last long.

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Oatmeal Raisin No Bake Granola Bars Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup liquid honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions

  1. Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking pan and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, rice cereal, pecans, sesame seeds and raisins.
  3. In a large saucepan, over medium heat, bring the honey and salt to a boil. Boil, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. It will bubble up a lot so make sure your pot is big enough and keep an eye on it.
  4. Remove the honey from the heat and pour it over the oat mixture. Stir quickly with a greased wooden spoon or silicone spatula until everything is well coated and then press the mixture into the prepared pan.
  5. Cover the bars with some greased wax paper and use a flipper to press it down firmly into the pan.
  6. Let the bars cool completely before slicing. They will keep for up to two weeks in an airtight container at room temperature. They are a bit sticky so put wax paper in between layers, or wrap the bars individually. 

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Adapted from 150 Essential Whole Grain Recipes.

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