These crispy no-fuss granola bars are quick to put together. Easy to make nut-free. Low in sugar (especially compared to store-bought granola bars).
Prep Time:15 minutes
Total Time:15 minutes
Yield:18 generous bars 1x
2 cups old fashioned rolled oats*
2 cups crisp rice cereal*
½ cup dried cranberries
1 cup whole almonds, toasted
⅓ cup butter
⅓ cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
⅓ cup brown sugar, packed
½ tsp. vanilla extract
4½ oz (125 grams) coarsely chopped dark chocolate
*To make these gluten free choose gluten-free rolled oats and crisp rice cereal.
Line a 9”x9” pan with parchment paper or grease it well.
Combine the oats, rice cereal, cranberries and almonds in a large bowl.
Melt butter, molasses and brown sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a gentle boil and cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract (it will sputter).
Pour hot syrup over the oat mixture and stir to combine. Allow to cool for a minute then stir in chopped chocolate. Press mixture firmly (and I mean firmly) into prepared pan and ensure it gets right to the edges. Try laying a sheet of parchment paper overtop to make it easier to press down.