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No-Bake Granola Cookie Bars

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In Tupperware’s July specials brochure, there was a recipe for Peanut Butter Granola Bites that caught my eye because it was easy and the photo was very appealing.  The best part is that it contained no granola, which I never have on hand, just ingredients contained in granola, which I always have on hand.

However, I just so happened to be running low on peanut butter when I decided it was time to make them (we are always running low on peanut butter because we eat it like crazy), so I adapted the recipe and made my own walnut butter for it.  I have the original printer-friendly recipe here if you want to try that one instead.  I can’t vouch for it since I haven’t tried it yet, but my similar version was very good and I’m sure it is too.  I mine for snacks and even had some for breakfast since they are fairly healthy.

No-Bake Granola Cookie Bars

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2 cups raw nuts (I used walnuts)
½ teaspoons salt
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
½ cup honey
2 cups rice cereal
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup dried fruit, roughly chopped (I used half cherries, half cranberries)

Spread nuts out on microwave-safe plate. Microwave one minute; stir with fingers. Microwave for 1-2 minutes more, stirring every thirty seconds, until toasted and fragrant. Place nuts in food processor bowl with blade attachment in place, and process until nuts go from a meal, to a paste, to liquid. You will have to stop the food processor several times to scrape the sides down. Once it it liquid, add salt (use ¼ teaspoon if you’re using salted butter) and let it run another minute.

While you’re toasting and processing the nuts, start your oats to toasting. Place them in a skillet over medium heat and stir every minute or two until golden and fragrant, about five minutes. Set aside until you’re ready for them.

Melt butter in a microwave-safe bowl, microwaving one minute or until melted. Add to the nut butter in the food processor, then pour in the honey. Process until mixture is blended.

Place cereal, oats, cherries, and cranberries in large bowl. Pour the butter mixture over the top and mix until combined. Spray a 13″ x 9” baking dish with oil and spread mixture into the pan. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for two hours, or until firm. Slice into squares and devour.

Recipe source: adapted from Tupperware

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About Veronica

I have a kitchen addiction and love to collect & share recipes. My passion is baking but I love to cook as well. The only thing I don't like to do in the kitchen is wash dishes, but my husband generally does them for me in exchange for his dinner.

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  1. I never have granola on hand either. These look really good! I think the kids would actually eat them.

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  2. No granola here either. This does look easy and very good. I bet the kids would go for it too, since it is homemade .. and i like it also because i can adjust the sweetness.

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  3. I think Adam would really love these. I’ll have to show him your recipe–he’s always wanting a ‘meatier’ cookie that will really help tide him over until dinner, and I think he should head in the direction of the magnificent bar (bar as in the treat/snack, not as in the alcohol-serving establishment, heh heh).

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  4. Store bought granola is so expensive! These look really good Veronica!

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  5. Thanks for posting this! It’s very timely. School started here today, and yesterday I was in the grocery store, in the cookie aisle, looking for some lunchbox treats that didn’t have HFCS or hydrogenated oils. We’re trying to eat healthier, and for me that means cutting out the icky additives in processed foods.

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  6. Would you believe I’ve never made my own granola bars?! I love homemade granola though, so I really should take it to the next level and make bars. These look so good, Veronica!

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  7. These look awesome….totally delicious!

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  8. Awesome idea. Bookmarking this one right now :D

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