No-Bake Whole Grain Chewy Bars

A fun snack is especially satisfying, and sharing it with friends and neighbors makes it even more fun to eat. For this potluck party dish, everyone brings something to contribute — and everyone helps make it!

No-Bake Whole Grain Chewy Bars
Here’s a recipe to make for — and with — a crowd! Each guest can bring an ingredient for these tasty bars, which are full of whole grains and high-protein seeds and nuts. They are especially fun to make with kids ages 3 and up, as some ingredients may pose a choking hazard for children under age 3. Let children help with measuring, mixing and pressing the mixture with clean hands.

Ingredients

  • 4 TB (1/2 stick) butter, margarine or coconut oil
  • 3 cups puffed grain cereal (any type)
  • 2 cups oats (any type)
  • 1 cup total—any combination of seeds, nuts, and chewy dried fruit such as raisins, chopped dates, cranberries, cherries, etc.
  • ½ cup (packed) light brown sugar
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut or almond butter
  • Optional: 1 cup chocolate chips
  1. Butter a 13”x9″ baking pan.
  2. Mix cereal, oats, and dried fruits, nuts and/or seeds in a large bowl.
  3. Melt butter in a medium bowl in microwave. Add brown sugar, honey, and salt and cook for 30 seconds.Remove and stir, then cook for another 30 seconds. Remove from microwave and stir in nut butter and vanilla.
  4. Pour mixture over dry ingredients and stir well.Let cool for a few minutes, then stir in chocolate chips if using.
  5. Butter hands, and press mixture into prepared dish. Let cool at least 1 hour before cutting into bars. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.
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