Easy No-Bake Granola Bars Recipe – Step by Step Guide

Easy No-Bake Granola Bars Recipe – Step by Step Guide: It’s really simple and easy to make these granola bars. These healthy granola bars are naturally sweet, don’t contain gluten, and make a great breakfast. This recipe makes 16 bars.

Easy No-Bake Granola Bars Recipe – Step by Step Guide

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ¾ cups old-fashioned oats or quick-cooking oats
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt (if using regular table salt, scale back a bit)
  • 2 cups mix-ins* (nuts, seeds, chocolate, shredded coconut or dried fruit)
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter or almond butter
  • ½ cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Line a 9-inch square baking dish with two strips of crossed parchment paper that are cut to fit against the bottom and up the sides. After the bars are cool, the parchment paper will make it easy to cut them.
  • Get a big bowl and add the oats to it. Put in the salt and cinnamon and mix them in. Put away.

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  • We are now going to quickly blend or process the mix-ins, or you can cut them up by hand.
  • Just put in any big nuts, like pecans or almonds, and blend for a short time. Next, add the rest of the ingredients and run the machine for a few more seconds. This will make sure that all of the ingredients are broken up into pieces smaller than your finger nail. Add the mix-ins to the bowl of oats.

 

  • Put the nut butter into a 2-cup liquid measuring cup. Add the vanilla extract and ½ cup of honey on top. Mix everything together well. You can warm the liquid mixture slowly on the stove or in the microwave if you have to, but make sure it’s almost room temperature before you add it to the dry mixture. This is especially important if you’re using chocolate, which will melt.
  • Put the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Put them together with a big spoon and mix them until there are no more dry oats. You will need strong arms to do this, but you can do it! You need to add more oats if the combination was easy to mix. Sprinkle in more oats until you can’t keep them from sticking together.

 

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  • Move the mixture to the square baker that has been made. Spread the mixture out in the baker pretty evenly with your spoon. Then, use the bottom of a flat, round object (like the base of a short, sturdy drinking glass) to press the mixture down as hard and evenly as you can.

 

  • Put the baker in the fridge for at least an hour, or better yet, overnight. So the oats don’t stick together, they need time to soak up some of the water. When you’re ready to cut the bars, grab the corners of both pieces of parchment paper and lift them out of the pan. Cut the bars into 4 even columns and 4 even rows with a sharp knife.

 

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  • Each bar should be wrapped in either plastic wrap or parchment paper. If you store them all together, they will stick to each other. For the best taste, bars should be kept in the freezer for several months in a freezer-safe bag, or at room temperature for a few days.

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