No Bake Granola Bars
Granola bars are very forgiving when you change the recipe, so I love to mess with them! This one is a pantry clean out recipe. I wanted granola bars so I made them with what I had on hand and they turned out great!!
1 Cup Gluten Free Oats
1/2 Cup Almond meal (left over from making Almond Milk) You can use more, this was all I had on hand at the time 😉
1 Cup raisins ( used Golden, but again, use what you have on hand, dried cranberries or blueberries would work)
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Cardamom
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1/4 Cup Peanut Butter (use any nut butter)
1 Cup Honey (Use Agave or Brown Rice syrup to keep it vegan)
1Tbsp Coconut Oil
1 (heavy) tsp Vanilla Extract (I like vanilla A LOT! You can also use almond oil)
- Mix Oats, almond meal, raisins, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg until well blended.
- Prep a glass pan with cooking spray or a good layer of cocnut oil, lay a piece of parchment paper in the bottom (helps with getting it out) and grease that as well. I made mine thick in an 8 X 8 but you can go thinner in a 9 X 11 if you’re thinking of layering things on top like Peanut Butter or chocolate (or BOTH!!)
- In a small saucepan bring peanut butter, honey, coconut oil and vanilla extract to a slow boil. Once the liquid is boiling and completely mixed together, take it off the heat and add to the dry ingredients, mix thoroughly but quickly, then press mixture into pan. Press it tightly so it doesn’t fall apart when you cut it.
- Place it in the freezer overnight. Pull out and cut into pieces.
To store, it is best to individually wrap each bar in plastic or parchment paper. I keep mine in the freezer (they last a little bit longer 😉