Today is Family Day in Ontario, a holiday dedicated to celebrating the importance of families and family life. Let’s face it, with the winter here being what it is (about five months long), we will use any excuse for a holiday that breaks up the monotony.
That being said, it is indeed a great opportunity to spend quality time doing something productive with your family. Our schedule for the day was chosen for us, as my son’s soccer team participated in a couple of exhibition games at a local sports facility.
Crammed into a viewing area with about 20 other parents and kids, my mind tends to wander towards a nice hot cup of tea and…you guessed it...a snack. That’s where these “All or Nothing Granola Bars” come into play. Not suitable to send to school because of the peanut content, they are nevertheless perfect for a healthy, filling, portable snack to take anywhere that nut allergies are not an issue. They also make a great after-school snack, or an at-work snack for adults.
When I made them a few days ago, my daughter tasted one, immediately pronounced them “awesome,” and has been grabbing one (or two) every morning since. I call them "All or Nothing Granola Bars" because I like to go heavy on the add-ins: some raisins, a few dried cranberries and some chocolate chips. Oh, and some ground flaxseed for good measure.
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All or Nothing Granola Bars
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Keywords: no bake vegan vegetarian chocolate chips raisins craisins squares bars
- 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup brown rice syrup
- 3 Tbsp packed brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
- 2 1/2 cups crispy rice cereal
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup raisins and/or craisins
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
Line a 7" by 11" baking pan with foil.
In a large pot, mix peanut butter, brown rice syrup and brown sugar over medium heat until smooth.
Remove from heat.
Stir in vanilla and then ground flaxseed.
Add cereal, oats, raisins and craisins. Stir until combined.
When slightly cool, mix in chocolate chips. Don't worry if they melt a bit.
Press mixture into prepared pan, pushing it flat with your hands.
Cool at room temperature or refrigerate.
Lift out of pan using foil. Cut into bars and store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge.
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