I love homemade granola! (Check out my recipe here.)
I like that I can customize it to my (and my family's) taste.
I like that I can make it various ways and without preservatives.
I like that I can sneak so many healthy things into it!
I decided that I wanted to try to make some no-bake granola bars out of some yummy, homemade granola. I've seen various no-bake cookie recipes using sweetened condensed milk, but I didn't want to go that route. Then, I had an idea! I love Rice Crispy Treats. Why not "marry" the two?
Now with Rice Crispy Treats, I use tons of marshmallows. I use way more than the recipe calls for- ooey-gooey stickiness, at its best. I didn't want that for these bars, so I cut the marshmallow content down. Way down.
The result? Better than I had hoped!!!
Here's what I did:
I started by making my own homemade granola. This can be made in the microwave by mixing the ingredients, then microwaving in small batches for 2 minutes at a time, stirring in between, until it is golden brown. Or, if you prefer, you can bake it or cook it on the stove top. I have had success with all three methods.
Here is the granola that I used this time:
2 cups 5 grain cereal (this has oats, rye, wheat, triticale, barley, and flax seed meal)
2 cups whole rolled oats
1 cup almond slices
1/4 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup brown sugar + 2 TB water
2 TB butter or margarine (I used Smart Balance), melted
2 TB coconut oil, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Mix the grains, almonds, and coconut in a large bowl.
- Mix the brown sugar/water, butter, coconut oil, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon in a smaller bowl.
- Add the liquid mix to the grain mix stir well to coat.
- Microwave in small batches for 2 minutes at a time, stirring each time, until golden brown. Be careful not to burn.
- Pour onto a cookie sheet and mix in the dried cranberries. Spread it out to cool.
No-Bake Granola Bars
(makes about 20 bars)
4 cups of granola
15 large marshmallows
1 TB coconut oil (or you can use butter or margarine)
- Grease a 11x13 pan or a cookie sheet and a spatula with coconut oil, cooking spray, butter or whatever other preferred method you have. Just make sure it's slippery.
- Put the marshmallows and the coconut oil in a large microwave safe bowl, microwave it for 30 seconds, or until the marshmallows are all puffed up.
- (Remove from microwave) add the 4 cups of granola to the marshmallows. Stir to coat well.
- Spread mixture in the pan and flatten it with the spatula.
- Let it cool. (...or cut one now, for an ooey-gooey, warm treat... quality control, right?)
- Cut into bars (I used a pizza cutter for this). Store in an airtight container.
I'm not sure what I like best about these bars.
- They are super-easy to make- you can make them in the microwave!
- You can add pretty much anything you like in them.
- You can hide all kinds of yummy, healthy things in them, and the kids still think they are candy. It's true. My 5 year old asked me, "Mom, is this candy?" I, of course, said, "Yes." She smiled and told me how yummy it was. I mean, come on... you can't beat that, right?
- They are yummy! I mean, I am borderline addicted to them!