Granola bars---without the oats! These make a nutritious snack for kids and adults alike.
I used a large pan, which makes it easier to remove the bars after they're cooked. Enjoy!
Makes about 8
1 cup cereal, such as cornflakes
1 1/2 cups mixed dried fruit and nuts
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
2 Tbsp flaxmeal (ground flaxseed)
1/2 cup honey, maple syrup, or brown rice syrup
2 Tbsp almond butter (or other nut butter)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract (optional)
1/4 cup chocolate chips or chopped chocolate (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. In a food processor, combine all ingredients and pulse until TK. If prefer larger pieces in your bars, pulse mixture a few times, then finish combining with a spatula.
3. With wet hands, press mixture into a parchment-lined 9 x 13-inch pan. The mixture will only cover about two-thirds of the pan. (See picture here.)
4. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until lightly golden brown. Using a very sharp knife, gently cut or "score" bars into desired size. (I usually cut my batch into about eight bars, and as you can see, the pieces aren't exactly even.) Return pan to oven for 10 to 12 minutes more, or until the bars are uniformly golden. Remove from oven, reinforcing any of the scoring, as needed, and let cool completely before removing from pan. Slice around each bar as you lift it from the pan.
5. Wrap each bar in parchment or wax paper, then store in an airtight container at room temperature.
Crazy for granola bars? Also try this chewy gluten-free recipe.