Chocolate Chip, Cranberry Granola Bars

These nut free and gluten free bars are a real treat. Its nice to have a fresh, homemade bar with real food ingredients. Enjoy!

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients for the Bowl
¾ cup mini chocolate chips
½ cup dried cranberries
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups quick oats (grind 1 cup in the blender)
2 cups crispy rice cereal

Wet Ingredients for the Saucepan
½ cup honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
¼ cup soy nut/sun butter
¼ cup unsalted butter

Ingredients to add last
3 teaspoons vanilla
1 egg, beaten

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Grind 1 cup of the quick oats in the blender.

Add these oats to the rice cereal, dried cranberries, mini chocolate chips, salt and remaining 3 cups of quick oats and stir in a large bowl.

In a medium sauce pan, stir together the honey, soy nut butter, butter and brown sugar.

Bring to a boil over medium to high heat, and then simmer until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Add vanilla and stir.

Pour the mixture from the saucepan over the dry ingredients and stir until all ingredients are incorporated.  Add the beaten egg and stir again.

Spray the bottom of a 13×9 pan and press the ingredients into the pan.
Press the granola mixture together as much as possible, making the mixture ½ to ¾ inch thick.

Feel free to top with extra chocolate chips or other toppings if you like.  Bake uncovered on 375°F 12-15 minutes.

Allow to cool and cut into bars.  When storing the fridge, wrap them tightly in wrap or sandwich bags.

These are great in the car or at the pool. We often grab these to put in the diaper bag on our way out the door. I hope that you enjoy them and feel free to add extra ingredients you like including other fruit, nuts, etc.

As with all recipes, please keep your total calories in mind.  Enjoy!

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