Healthy Granola Bars
Granola bars a huge hit in The Spring Mount 6 Pack house. All my kids love them, even Anthony who is such a picky eater. This is a great way to make granola bars without all the sugar and additives. They are a snack you can feel good about giving your kids.
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 Tbsp. honey
1/2 cup. natural peanut butter (or natural almond butter - it's great both ways)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/3 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cup rice crispies
1 3/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup coarsely chopped almonds
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup coconut
Mix 1st 6 ingredients together. Mix dry ingredients together, except the chocolate, coconut. Add to wet mixture, fold in the remaining ingredients, then turn into an 11x15 greased pan and bake @ 350 for 20 minutes or so. It is best to cut them while warm.
Adding pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds instead of almonds adds a nice variety. Adding raisins or dried cranberries will give you an oatmeal raisin type of granola bar, but you should add about a teaspoon or so of cinnamon!