Snacks & Treats

No-Bake Nut-Free Crispy Chewy Honey Granola Bars

Aug 8, 2016

While most no-bake goodies contain peanut butter (which works well to bind them together) or other nuts, these don’t, and are very similar to the packaged chewy granola bars you can buy at the grocery store, and easily customizable. Once you get the hang of it, you can substitute other types of dry cereal — it’s a great way to use up the bottom of the box. If you like, put a small handful of chocolate chips into a snack-sized ziplock bag, seal and place in a glass or bowl of warm water until melted. Snip off a corner and drizzle the chocolate over the bars. Let sit until the chocolate sets, and toss out the bag.

  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup liquid honey
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried fruit (such as raisins, apricots, cranberries, cherries and/or figs) or coconut
  • 1 1/2 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 1 cup quick or old-fashioned oats

In a medium-large saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar, honey, cinnamon and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.

Remove from heat and stir in fruit, cereal and oats. Press the mixture into an ungreased 8x8-inch pan and refrigerate or leave at room temperature until firm.

Makes 12 bars.

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Article Author Julie Van Rosendaal
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Julie Van Rosendaal is the author of six best-selling cookbooks (with a seventh due out this fall), the food editor of Parents Canada magazine and the food and nutrition columnist on the Calgary Eyeopener on CBC Radio One. She is a recipe developer, TV personality, food stylist and writes about food for local, national and international publications. She is perhaps best known as the voice behind her popular food blog, Dinner with Julie, where she documents real life at home in Calgary with her husband and nine-year-old son. Connect on twitter @dinnerwithjulie.


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