No-bake granola bars

If you are like me and so many other students then you are busy. You do your best to meet the recommended three meals per day, you know — breakfast, lunch and dinner — that whole thing, but it does not happen very often. Between papers, tests, quizzes and work you can hardly keep your schedule straight let alone be responsible to remember what you eat per day. Easy works best during the school year, anything that you can grab and go. However, easy does not have to mean unhealthy. I introduce to you the No Bake Granola Bar. These are loaded with energy for your brain and body. With nuts, seeds, oats and peanut butter these will keep you focused and energized for every difficult day of the week. Not to mention these are delicious!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of oats
  • 1.5 cups of Rice Krispie cereal
  • .5 cup trail mix of any kind (seeds, seeds, seeds!)
  • .5 cup cranberries
  • .25 cup peanut butter (can substitute with almond or sunflower butter)
  • teaspoon vanilla
  • .5 cup agave (can substitute maple or brown rice syrup or honey.)

You can easily double this to make more. I usually do, as it is great to have these ready in the morning to be able to grab and go, and believe me, these will go fast!

Directions

  1. Combine oats and Rice Krispies Cereal in a large bowl with trail mix, and cranberries. Stir it all up!
  2. Turn on a stove top burner to medium high and in a small saucepan combine the peanut butter and agave. Cook them until you see bubbles rising at the surface. It should take about five to ten minutes depending on your stove.
  3. Sprinkle the vanilla into the saucepan on the heat. Stir generously
  4. Now that the ingredients in the saucepan are bubbling, remove the pan and pour the mixture into the large bowl with the oats, krispies and rest of the mixtures. Stir them all together; the end result should be very difficult to mix.
  5. Now you can transport the mixture into a pan or dish. I have put my mixture into cake pans, pie pans and random other pans when they were the only clean ones I could find. Wherever you decide, pack the granola very tightly.
  6. Next, put the granola in the freezer for ten to fifteen minutes to give the granola a chance to harden and stick together. After that, take them out of the freezer and wrap them individually! They store best in the freezer or refrigerator.

Voila! Your granola bars are complete and ready to eat. That was pretty easy, wasn’t it? You can eat these solo or you can crumble them up and add them to banana ice cream (highly recommended), yogurt or cereal. That makes breakfast and snacks a bit easier for you — you’re welcome. Enjoy!