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Apple Crisp Granola Bars


  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: 12 bars 1x

Ingredients

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  • 2 ½ cups quick cooking oats (gluten free, if necessary)
  • 1 ½ cups puffed rice cereal (gluten free, if necessary)
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste or pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • ½ dried apples, chopped

Instructions

  1. Line an 8 inch square pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large microwave safe bowl, combine peanut butter and honey. Microwave for 1 minute. Stir and microwave for an additional minute. The mixture should be bubbling. If it is not, microwave for an additional 30 seconds.
  3. Stir in the vanilla, followed by the oats, cereal, and cinnamon. Once well combined, stir in the walnuts and apples.
  4. Pour into the prepared pan and press firmly into an even layer. Refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours and up to overnight. Using a sharp, preferably serrated knife, cut into bars. Bars may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature about an hour.

Notes

Additional chilling time is necessary

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes