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Fruity Granola Bars

5 from 2 reviews

These fruity granola bars are easy, & taste even better than store-bought! They're super customizable and make for a great pre-workout snack.

Ingredients

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  • 2 cups (244g) old-fashioned oats (not steel-cut oats!)
  • 1/4 cup (13g) unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup (128g) almond butter (or any nut/seed butter)
  • 1/2 cup (176g) honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups (82g) Chex cereal (or Cheerios, Rice Krispies)
  • 1/2 cup (72g) dried fruit (look for no-sugar-added!) or other add-ins**

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a small baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Spread oats onto baking sheet and toast for 10 minutes. Stir in coconut and toast for another 2-3 minutes.
  3. While the oats and coconut cool, soften almond butter in a small microwave-safe bowl for ~30 seconds (or until soft). Stir in honey, vanilla extract, and salt.
  4. In a large bowl, combine oat mixture, cereal, and dried fruit.
  5. Drizzle nut butter and honey over dry ingredients and toss until evenly coated.
  6. Spray an 8x8" or 9x13" pan (depending on how thick you want the bars to be) with nonstick cooking spray.
  7. Press mixture evenly into prepared pan with a rubber spatula. You can use your hands but I would suggest spraying your hands with nonstick spray because it could get sticky! I highly recommend smacking them into the pan with the back of the spatula (yes, smacking - I know it sounds funny!) to reaaally press them in.
  8. Place bars in refrigerator for least 4 hours (or freezer for 1 hour if you want to eat them sooner).
  9. Cut into bars when ready and enjoy!

Notes

  • Store bars in refrigerator for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months
  • **Optional add-ins: mini chocolate chips, dried bananas, apples, blueberries, raisins, apricots, mango, cranberries, drizzle melted chocolate on top. The opportunities are endless!

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