Sunday, September 2, 2012

Honest To Goodness (Healthy) Snack

I love having easy and quick treats around here.  Just for a quick snack for after nap time and before dinner.  I have found recently that such kind of mid-day snacks will ruin the boys' appetites for dinner (if they ever even had one anyways).  I made these for a planned road trip.  They are so good.

No-Bake Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (easy & healthy!)
adapted from:

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 cup quick cooking oats (or just regular oats put in the blender for a while to get fine)
1 cup crispy rice cereal
1/2 t vanilla
2 T mini chocolate chips (white chocolate chips, chopped fine work well too)
my extras
1/3 cup craisins
1 T sunflower seeds
1/8 t almond extract

Combine oats, cereal, craisins and seeds in a large bowl.  In a small sauce pan melt butter with honey and brown sugar until bubbly.  Reduce heat and cook 2 minutes.  Add vanilla and almond and stir. (it likes to really bubble when you add this).  Pour over dry ingredients; Stir until completely moistened.  Add chocolate chips.  Press into a greased small jelly roll pan (12x8x1) - try greasing your fingers too before pressing into pan.  Cool at least 2 hours before serving/cutting bars.  Store well wrapped at room temp.

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