No Bake Almond Joy Granola Bars by ohsheglows.com

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I made a lot of granola bars to prepare for the baby’s arrival. I even made my friend, Nicole Bianchi some for her pregnancy and called them “Mama Bars”. They’re perfect to store in your purse or in your freezer or fridge for whenever you need a quick snack.

This recipe was one of my favorites though it’s not from the above photo. If you love Almond Joy’s you will love them! Making your own granola bars is really so simple and the best part is knowing exactly what’s in them. Au Revoir!

No Bake Almond Joy Granola Bars
from ohsheglows.com

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups rolled oats (use certified gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1 cup rice crisp cereal
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup roasted almond butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut nectar syrup (or brown rice syrup – see note)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of fine grain sea salt or pink Himalayan salt, to taste
  • 1.5 tablespoons non-dairy mini chocolate chips (such as Enjoy Life brand, optional)

Directions:

  1. Line an 8-inch or 9-inch square pan with two pieces of parchment paper, one going each way so it’s easy to lift out.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the oats, rice crisp cereal, sliced almonds, coconut, and chia seeds.
  3. In a medium pot over low heat, melt the coconut oil. Remove from heat and stir in the almond butter, coconut nectar, and vanilla, until smooth.
  4. Pour wet mixture over dry and stir well until thoroughly combined. Add a pinch of salt to taste and stir again.
  5. Spoon mixture into the pan and roughly spread out (but don’t pack down yet). Sprinkle on the chocolate chips in an even layer. Wet hands lightly and then press down the mixture until even. Use a pastry roller to roll it out and pack it in even more.
  6. Transfer pan to the freezer for about 10 minutes until firm. Slice into bars, wrap, and store in the fridge or freezer. These bars fall apart easily so I don’t recommend leaving them at room temperature for longer than a few minutes.

Nutritional info: (based on 14 servings, per bar with chocolate chips): 193 cals, 12.6 grams fat, 16.5 grams carbs, 3.5 grams fibre, 5.8 grams sugar, 5 grams protein.

Note: I do not recommend swapping the coconut nectar or brown rice syrup for any other liquid sweetener. Other sweeteners won’t be sticky enough to bind the bars.

Read more: http://ohsheglows.com/2014/05/23/no-bake-almond-joy-granola-bars/#ixzz3GjMqrm2G

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