No Bake Harvest Granola Bars
Welcome to fall! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Even though fall has just begun, I have been ready for this lovely season for a few weeks now. The crisp air, the beautiful fall foliage, the fresh apples, the pumpkins, the mums and the food…I absolutely love it all! My children have been back to school for a few weeks now, and things around my house are falling into a nice routine. With my older 3 children in school, I have been packing a lot of lunches and snacks lately. These No Bake Harvest Granola Bars are perfect to pack along in a lunch box, pack as a snack, or serve as an after school snack when the kiddos get off the bus at the end of the day. These chewy granola bars are a tasty treat loaded with old fashioned oats, dried cranberries, apples, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds mixed with a touch maple syrup and cinnamon. This is a great recipe to make on the weekends so you have a healthy snack ready for the upcoming week. Because this is a no bake recipe, it’s also a nice “chore” that my older children can do to prepare for the week ahead. They love to eat food that they have made themselves!
- 2 3/4 cups old fashioned oats
- 1/4 cup ground flax seed
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup dried apples, chopped
- 1/2 cup roasted, salted pumpkin seeds
- 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
- 4 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- In a Kitchen Aid Mixer, combine the oats, flax, cranberries, apples, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, and cinnamon.
- In a small saucepan, melt the butter at a low heat, add the syrup, vanilla, and brown sugar and stir together.
- Bring to a very low boil and continue to stir for 2 - 3 minutes, careful not to burn.
- Pour the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients and stir well.
- Pour the granola mixture into a wax lined (leave a little paper on the sides to lift the bars up later) 9 x 13 baking dish and using the back of a wooden spoon, pack down and smooth out evenly.
- I usually spend about 5 minutes getting this pretty even and packed.
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
- Lift up the wax paper and cut the bars.
- I cut mine in half, then in half again and then into 4 pieces for each section.
- This recipe makes 16 bars that way.
- You may cut into smaller pieces if you have younger children.
- Store individually in snack sized baggies in the refrigerator or cupboard for up to 1 week until you are ready to eat.
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