Easy Granola Bars

These babies are so quick and easy to whip up. Eat one for breakfast, grab one for a snack, or have one for a healthy (well … relatively, better for you than a slice of cake!) dessert. The ingredient list is short and sweet. I usually have all the ingredients in my pantry. Feel free to add any dried fruits, nuts, or chocolate that you prefer. These are yummy and so much better than the ones in the cereal aisle at the grocery store!

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Recipe:

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup honey

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Melt the butter, honey and sugar in a sauce pan over medium heat. Cook until mixture start to bubble, then turn the heat down and cook for a few minutes. Take off the heat and stir in the vanilla.

2 cups oats (quick oats)

1 cup cereal (crispy rice)

1/2 cup mini marshmallows

1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Combine the oats and cereal together in a bowl, then pour the sugary/butter mixture over the dry mixture. Add the marshmallows. Mix together. Dump out on a 9×11 pan lined with parchment. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the top. Press mixture evenly together, packing it firmly so it doesn’t fall apart. Cool at room temperature for a couple of hours. Cut into bars and enjoy! 

Inspired by Lauren’s Latest blog! http://www.laurenslatest.com/no-bake-chocolate-chip-granola-bars-easy-healthy/

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Crunchy Granola

Let me start by saying Happy New Years! What are your resolutions for 2013? Is eating healthier one of them? I thought I’d kick off the new year with a heart healthy granola, great for breakfast/dessert/snacking … you name it.

Granola

Recipe:

1 1/2 Cup old fashioned oats

1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts, cashews, almonds, pecans, etc.)

1 tablespoon ground flax seed

1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut

3 tablespoons brown sugar

3 tablespoons maple syrup

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup dried fruit (cranberries, blueberries, cherries, raisins, etc.)

dash of cinnamon

dash of vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Pour on a sheet pan lined with foil or parchment paper, and spread evenly. Cook for an hour, stirring every 20 minutes or so. Cool and store in an airtight container. Serve with milk, yogurt, or eat plain!

Crunchy Granola