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July 25, 2014

NoBake Homemade Granola Bars

July 24, 2014
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Snacks on the run.  That’s my family each and every day of the summer.

I need help ensuring my family eats healthy on the go.  I am by nature a fly-by-the-seat of my pants kinda girl and as it serves me well when unexpected road-bumps occur… it’s not as handy when I’m unprepared at the park, pool, zoo or ValleyFair.  I’m forced to buy over-priced junk food.  Gross!

So I’ve been bound and determined to make a homemade granola bar.  I have specific needs though.  I need it to be quick.  I need it to be easy.  And I need the girls to want to eat it… otherwise, it’ll be yet one more battle I don’t want to battle.  I don’t need that.

I had the girls help me.  Because if they were going to eat it, they should pick it out.  They scrolled through some Pinterest recipes but there were always one or two ingredients that my girls wrinkled their little noses at.  OK, FINE.  I’ll make my own then.  So, here’s what we came up with.  An original recipe from the Hiveley kitchen.  Enjoy!

girls looking at pinterest girls researching lunches

homemade granola bars

granola ingredients

I had to crush my almonds.  To crush~ cover with a paper towel and pound with a meat tenderizer or a rolling pin.  The large chunks of nuts won’t let you cut the bars evenly and they tend to fall out of the finished product.  The smaller chunks the better in these no-bake bars.

crushed all natural almonds

Throw the dry ingredients into a large bowl {I added the Craisins later because my girls only wanted a few in the mix}.  Set aside.

dry ingredients -granola bars

In a medium sized bowl, add the sticky ingredients and the salt.  Melt in the microwave.  It doesn’t take long.  About 30 seconds on high.  Blend together.  Be sure not to over cook because Nutella will burn very quickly and then it’s all ruined.  Just enough heat to slightly melt so it will stir together smoothly.

sticky ingredients -granola bars

Add the sticky mixture into the dry ingredients bowl.  Mix until well blended.  I ended up using my hands so I could really get the ingredients mixed together.  This is when I added the Craisins so I could control the amount.  Once it’s evenly blended, press firmly into a 9×13 glass pan {or any pan with parchment paper underneath}.  Refrigerate for 30 mins {or longer}.  They need to be fully cooled and set up into stiff bars before they are ready to come out.

Then melt an additional 1/2 c of Nutella to drizzle over the top of the bars, just for a little extra chocolatey goodness.  Yum!

Nutella drizzle over granola bars

Cut into bars.  Wrap with parchment paper and tie.

homemade granola bars

homemade granola bars -wrapped up

Make sure you ‘no-bake’ enough to have extra bars in your fridge… or even your freezer!  They are fantastic frozen as well {like a frozen candy bar… except healthy!!}

I hope you enjoy them as much as my girls do!  Straight out my 12 year old’s mouth, “Wow, these are awesome!”

Now that’s what I like to hear from my most pickiest of eaters!  Job well done, mom. Job well done.

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  1. I literally just ate a box of cheddar whales (if you don’t know what they are feel blessed) in the car… def need to make some take along snacks!

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