No-Bake Granola Snack Bars In Just 5 Minutes

#EasyDoesIt with these home made fruity granola snack bars. This is my first attempt ever at making granola bars and I  love the method.  First thought before trying the recipe was that there’s no way it can be done in five minutes.  Well, I was proven wrong. This method works and the bars are so good!  I also learned that this is one of the easiest methods for making snack bars ever! Can you feel the excitement?

Outside of my original recipe for Butter-Fried Herb Chicken Breast that’s prepared and cooked in under 20 minutes, and creating natural juices in minutes, this recipe is definitely up there with quick and easy. Not to mention, these snack bars can last up to two weeks in your refrigerator but the odds of them making it that far without being eaten are pretty slim.

To note, this recipe calls for peanut butter but you can always substitute it with almond, cashew, or sunflower seed butter. Anything goes for the dried fruits as well. You can substitute the cranberries with raisins, prunes, apricot, apple, nectarine or mango. Just be sure to chop larger dried fruits into small bits. Cashews and other nuts would be a tasty addition to this recipe as well as coconut flakes. The chewy texture and subtly sweet nutty flavour of pumpkin seeds, brighten up this recipe in colour and taste.

List of Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups rolled oats or quick oats
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter or almond butter (use more as needed)
  • ½ cup honey (or substitute with maple syrup, agave nectar or brown rice syrup)
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt (optional)

Makes 15 granola bars.

The method to make this fruity snack is quick and easy to follow.  Here are the play by play instructions with some fun pics of course. Line a 8 x 8 inch pan with baking sheet and let’s get started

Stir together the oats, pumpkin seeds and cranberries in a medium bowl.

Stir together the peanut butter, honey, and salt in a large bowl. Use salt if desired or if using unsalted peanut butter.

Slowly add the oat mixture to the peanut butter and honey stirring until everything is sticky and well combined. If the mixture is too dry to hold together, add a bit more honey.

Spread the mixture in a lined pan then cover with foil or platic wrap. Press firmly to form an even layer. Refrigerate for  4 hours.

Remove from refrigerator and cut into individual bars. Stored in the fridge, these bars will last up to two weeks.

No-bake and prepared in 5 minutes is a wonderful thing . Understand that you can make these bars any way you would like using your favourite dried fruits, seeds and nuts.  During this process, I also learned about using dates as a sweetener but that’s a topic for another time.  Happy snacking!

Made with love,
Eartha

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