I’ve been meaning to make my own granola bars for a while, but some how they kept getting pushed to the side, to make way for cookies and cupcakes… You know how it is :-)… Recently, I made a big batch of Cranberry-Pumpkin Seed Granola and knew it would make fantastic bars. That convinced me, it was time to let granola bars take centre stage.
Why did I not make these sooner?! Not only are they delicious, but they are also so easy to put together! Think, rice crispy squares kind of easy… If you have a favorite granola recipe or prefer to simply buy it, just swap yours in. This is a great base recipe, begging for adaptation!
3 cups Cranberry-Pumpkin Seed Granola*
2 cups Crispy Rice Cereal (I used Nature’s Path)
1/3 cup Brown Rice Syrup
3 tbsp Agave Nectar
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/8 tsp Salt
2 tbsp Coconut Oil
Line an 8 x 8 inch baking pan with aluminum foil and lightly grease. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, stir together the granola and rice cereal. Set aside.
In a medium to large sauce pan, over medium heat, bring the rice syrup, agave nectar, cinnamon, and salt to a full boil. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in oil until it’s thoroughly combined into the syrup mixture.
Pour the syrup mixture into the granola mixture, and stir until the granola is completely coated… Work quickly. This step becomes more difficult as the syrup cools.
Scrap the mixture into the prepared baking pan. Spread and press mixture so that it is evenly distributed throughout the pan, then press firmly and evenly until the surface is level and stops compacting… You may find this step easier if you place a piece of plastic wrap over the surface, to stop the mixture from sticking to your hands.
Allow the mixture to cool for 2 hours at room temperature. Remove from pan, peel away the foil, and slice into bars.
Store in a tightly sealed container, at room temperature, for 1 week… Longer than a week and the bars become brittle, as they do when stored in the refrigerator.
Makes 8 – 10 bars.
*Not all granolas or oats are gluten-free. If gluten is a concern, check packaging carefully.