easy no-bake granola bars

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It’s a new year!  That means it’s time to start those resolutions to work out more and eat healthier.  I like to think that I exercise enough times a week and eat healthy, but it’s never a bad idea to have a little check-in with yourself!  Unfortunately, breakfast is where I’ve always cut corners.  I know, I know – the most important meal of the day, and I have a habit of messing it all up.  Usually I’ll just have a small serving of cereal or yogurt, but sometimes, I skip it all together.  Oops.

These granola bars are the perfect fix.  Not only are they incredibly easy to make, they’re also the perfect grab and go meal for those busy mornings.  Make them, eat them, love them, repeat!

Easy No-Bake Granola Bars
(Makes 18 bars)
Adapted from Once Upon a Chef

6 tbsp unsalted butter, plus more for the pan
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
2 cups quick oats
1 3/4 cups crispy rice cereal
1/2 cup sliced pecans
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

Line a 9×13-inch baking pan with aluminum foil.  Lightly butter the baking pan.

In a large pot, combine the butter, brown sugar, and honey.  Over medium-high heat, bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly.  Lower the heat and simmer for another 2 minutes, allowing the mixture to thicken.  Remove from heat and add the vanilla extra and salt.  Add the oats, rice cereal, pecans, and wheat germ to the mixture.

Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and use a spatula to even everything out.  Pour the chocolate chips over the entire mixtures and press down with a spatula so that they stay put.

Refrigerate the pan for 2 hours.  Remove the aluminum foil and uncut bars from the pan and set on a cutting board.  Using a sharp knife, cut the granola bars into 18 equal rectangles.  Store in an airtight container.

– resolution on,
Sharon

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