Healthy No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars Recipe

Healthy No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars Recipe

I'm not sure what has gotten into me, but it is only 8:49am and I have accomplished more than I typically do by noon. I have baked a loaf of banana bread, finished a load of laundry, gotten the boys off to school, made a batch of hard-boiled eggs and Banana Blondies are in the oven. Whatever is going on, I like it! And my house smells AMAZING! Wanna come over?

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Fruit and Granola Parfaits Recipe

Do you ever take a series of photos of a particular food and forget that you took them? Only to find them, weeks later, screaming out to you from Lightroom? That's exactly what I did to these parfaits. And I feel terrible because they were delicious. I hope they can find it in their crunchy, creamy, fruity hearts to forgive me.

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I had made this delicious granola as one of my challenge recipes, and knew that I wanted to throw it together with some other ingredients to create some sort of parfait. I pondered these parfaits in my sleep. I do that every so often. Ponder food in my sleep. 

Here's what I did.

I purchased two of those convenient little 6-oz. containers of Greek yogurt and mixed about a tablespoon of honey in each container.

I put the yogurt-honey mixtures into the bottoms of two separate tall glasses. 

I put a few spoonfuls of granola on top of the yogurt.

For the top layer of one parfait, I mixed together:

1 kiwi fruit, chopped

1/2 of a mango, chopped 

1 pineapple slice, chopped

For the top layer of the other parfait, I mixed together:

4 strawberries, sliced

1/4 cup of blueberries

1/4 cup of raspberries 

Easy, delicious breakfast served! Just like that.

Nutty Granola

I talk to my husband about almost everything I make in the kitchen. "Guess what?! I'm making fruity ice cubes tonight!" He doesn't make me feel weird for being an obsessed foodie. Ok, sometimes he makes fun of my incessant cookbook-perusing, but it's all in good fun. A few days ago I made this granola recipe and I hadn't had a chance to tell him about it. The following morning he saw it on the counter and ate a big helping. It was cute how pleasantly surprised he was about finding it. I will admit that I'm not the hugest granola eater myself, but this stuff is good. Really really good. It is packed with flavor and nuts. I have many ideas for it in the very near future.

My first idea was to put it into a fruit parfait, which I will write more about in another post. My husband ate it as cereal. And we have also been snacking on it.

It is super easy to throw together.

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.

In a large bowl, toss together:

3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

1/2 cup unsalted roasted peanuts

1/2 cup unsalted roasted almonds

1/2 cup unsalted roasted pumpkin seeds (I used walnuts in place of these)

1/2 cup unsalted roasted sunflower seeds

1/4 cup wheat germ

In a small bowl, dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt in 1 tablespoon of hot water.

Whisk in:

3/4 cup honey

1/2 cup vegetable oil

Stir the liquid into the nuts and coat thoroughly. Spread the mixutre onto a large, rimmed baking sheet.

Bake the granola in the center of the oven for 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until it is nearly dry. Turn off the oven and prop the door open halfway. Let the granola cool in the oven, stirring often.

Toss the granola with:

1/2 cup raisins

Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

Enjoy!

Mom's Nutty Granola

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Contributed by Megan Porta from pipandebby.com.

Published Jul 03, 2011

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Serves: 7 cups

Total time: 45 mins (plus cooling time)

NuttyGranola"

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup unsalted roasted peanuts
  • ½ cup unsalted roasted almonds
  • ½ cup unsalted roasted pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup unsalted roasted sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup wheat germ
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • ¾ cup honey
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup raisins
Instructions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. In a bowl, toss the oats, nuts, seeds and wheat germ. In a small bowl, dissolve the salt in the hot water. Whisk in the honey and oil. Stir the liquid into the nuts to coat thoroughly, then spread on a large rimmed baking sheet.
  2. Bake the granola in the center of the oven for 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until nearly dry. Turn off the oven and prop the door open halfway; let the granola cool in the oven, stirring. Toss the granola with the raisins; store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.