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“Good For You” Granola Bars With Just Enough “Bad”!

Ok I’ll be honest, I’m not sure the “good” outweighs the “bad” in these little delights.  Like most palatable granola bars, these contain sugar.  They also contain whole grains, honey, nuts and seeds tho so I’m making the executive decision that they’re just enough “bad” that you’ll want to eat more than one and just enough “good” that you can!  I like to experiment with recipes that are easy to grab and go especially this time of year to throw into harvest field meals and if you are among the many going back to work or your kids are going back to school after summer break you’ll want to check them out!

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The variations are endless but here’s the base:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 2 handfuls large marshmallows (approx 15-20)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 1/2 cups oats (I used quick oats)
  • 3 1/2 cups rice krispies
  • Your favourite add-ins/toppings such as: dried fruit, nuts, chia seeds, chocolate chips, nut butters, candy bits. (*I used 3 heaping tbsp chia seeds, 1/4 cup almond slivers, a handful of chocolate chips and reeses pieces bits in this batch.)
  • In a large pot melt butter with sugar and honey.  Bring to a boil and let bubble for 2-3 mins. stirring constantly.  Take off heat and add marshmallows. Stir until melted.  Add salt and vanilla (and nut butter, if you’re adding any, at this point – 1/2 cup or so.). Mix in your oats, Rice Krispies, seeds, nuts etc at this point as well, adding in increments and stirring to coat everything really well, you want to sort of monitor the ‘goo factor’ while you’re adding your desired nuts and seeds etc so that everything will still stick together. Press lightly into a parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Top with your desired ingredients and gently press into the bars with another piece of parchment paper placed on top of the mixture.  You want to be quick at this point so you don’t melt and squish any of the toppings such as chocolate chips or candy.  Let set in a fridge or on the counter, slice  and wrap bars in waxed paper for easy access!

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