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
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.