Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars
Chewy, no-bake granola bars loaded with dried fruit and nuts. Fill them with whatever mix-ins you choose.
- 1 ½ cups nuts I used whole raw almonds
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup chopped dried fruit I used cherries and apricots
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons honey
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Add half a cup of nuts and one cup of oats to a food processor. Process until fine and all pieces are smaller than a pea. Dump into a large bowl. Roughly chop the remaining cup of nuts and add to the bowl. Add the remaining cup of oats, dried fruit, chia seeds and salt to the bowl and mix well.
In a small saucepan, heat the honey and coconut oil over medium heat. After several minutes the mixture will begin to foam. Simmer for an additional 30 seconds and remove from the heat. Stir in the vanilla extract and pour the liquid over the dry mixture. Mix thoroughly until all the oats/nuts have been evenly coated. If you need to, get in with your hands and make sure it is mixed really well.
Line an 8x8 pan with plastic wrap, leaving a couple inches of overhang on two sides. Dump the mixture into the pan and evenly spread it out. Using the back of a spatula or measuring cup, press the mixture down very, very firmly. This will help the bars stay together. Cover the top with more plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or until firm.
Cut into bars and store in the fridge.
Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 63mg | Potassium: 352mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 470IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 2.1mg