Homemade no-bake granola bars

homemade no-bake granola barsNew year = new goals! My food goals for the year include eating more ‘whole’ foods and less sugar (says the girl with the serious sweet tooth). I’m starting off 2015 right by eating less processed foods and if you have a similar goal, this is a great recipe to start with! Since the hubby and I were home over the holidays, I knew we would be snacking more than usual but I didn’t want us to snack on junk food. I came across a recipe for homemade granola bites and turned them into granola bars, which were SUPER fast to whip up (like 10 mins fast) AND they were just sweet enough to satisfy any sugar cravings! Simply change up the “mix-ins” to totally transform these soft and chewy bars made with oats, melted peanut butter and honey as a base.  These are the perfect snacks for gluten-free and dairy-free diets, just be sure to use gluten-free oats and mix-ins that fit in your diet. I used dried cranberries and whole peanuts for some extra crunch, and here are some other ideas:

Raisins
Chopped dried apricots
Chopped dried dates — try using less honey since dates are naturally sweet!
Coconut flakes
Chopped nuts
Mini chocolate chips — a little goes a long way!

And some delicious combinations to try:
Tropical — chopped dried mango + coconut flakes
Decadent — mini chocolate chips+ chopped peanuts
Classic — raisins + chopped nuts
Sweet ‘n Tart — white chocolate chips + dried cranberries

homemade no-bake granola bars
Homemade no-bake granola bars
Click here for recipe from Inside Brew Crew Life
Use as base recipe and substitute mix-ins to your liking
Refrigerate to cool completely then cut into rectangular bars.

Want more healthy snack recipes? Try my chocolate peanut protein bites
chocolate peanut energy bites
Recipe source: Inside Brew Crew Life
Photography: Lighten Up Recipes

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