No-Bake Granola Bars

This week's recipe is a quick, easy, and healthy alternative to boxed granola bars.  They not only taste great, but are also so good for you.  I like to wrap them up individually and put them in the snack basket in my pantry for something easy to grab when I need it.


No-Bake Granola Bars

Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.
Mix in a large bowl:
      1/2 cup sunflower seeds
      1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts or almonds*
      1 1/2 cup dried cherries*
      2 cups dry old-fashioned oats
      2 cups dry, toasted rice cereal (if you can find whole grain, use it!)
Microwave in a glass bowl until bubbly---about 2 minutes:
      2/3 cup honey
      1/4 cup brown sugar
      1/2 cup peanut butter
Add 1 tsp vanilla.
Pour over dried mixture and stir well.
Press into prepared pan and let cool

Makes 24 bars
     168 calories, 6 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 49 mg sodium, 0 g cholesterol, 27 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein, 3 units

Have fun with the recipe by using various nuts or dried fruit.

To your good health!
Enjoy!