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Healthy Baking for Kids at Your House: No-Bake Granola Bars

April 14, 2010


When I was coming up with recipe ideas for my “Healthy Baking Cooking Class” for kids, I knew I needed to be creative and offer a few no-bake items since there was only going to be one large oven. These No-Bake Granola Bars were a huge hit! They have wonderful, kid-friendly and healthy ingredients, and adults as well as kids, love them. Feel free to use any of your favorite dried fruits, blueberries, cranberries, cherries, etc. Enjoy, but beware: they are very addictive!

No Bake Granola Bars

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Yield: 16 servings
21/4 cups granola cereal
11/4 cups crisp rice cereal
1 cup uncooked quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup dried cranberries or blueberries
1/2 cup dried chopped apricots
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; set aside.

2. Bring brown sugar and syrup to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly; remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla until blended.

3. Pour peanut butter mixture over cereal mixture, stirring until coated; let stand 10 minutes. Press mixture into a 13- x 9-inch pan. Press tightly with wax paper. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.


2 Responses to “Healthy Baking for Kids at Your House: No-Bake Granola Bars”
Krista says:
April, 24 2010at 05:23 pm
I was wondering what you could substitute for the peanut butter, if anything. I was thinking that the bars would be a great snack for my son at school, but his school is a peanut free zone. Thanks
kathryn N. says:
April, 22 2010at 01:11 pm
Made this with my kids today who ate them up. Reminded us of peanut butter cookies. Made the spaghetti and meatballs recently too. Another favorite. Trying out the penne pasta, orange blueberry muffins and turkey meatloaf next. Keep 'em coming!

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