No-Bake  Chocolate Granola Bars

With just a handful of flavorful ingredients, these crispy no-bake bars are delish as a snack or dessert.

Ingredients:  – Rolled oats – Crispy rice cereal – Chocolate chips – Unsweetened natural peanut butter – Brown rice syrup

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– Dried cherries or raisins – Shredded unsweetened coconut

Add the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and brown rice syrup to a large heat-proof bowl. Heat in the microwave in 30 second intervals until smooth, stopping to stir. (It should take a minute).

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Line an 8×8-inch pan with parchment paper, leaving enough on the sides for you to lift the bars out of the pan.

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Add the cereal, oats, and dried cherries to the bowl with your liquid ingredients. I love this with dried cherries, but raisins work too. You can also skip this addition if you want to simplify.

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Stir with a wooden spoon, then use your (clean) hands to massage the ingredients together until well incorporated.

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Pour into pan and use your hands to press down firmly and evenly. Chill for 10-20 minutes to make the bars firm up.

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Use the parchment to remove from the pan, and slice into bars. Serve chilled (they will be firmer) or at room temperature.

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Slice into smaller pieces if desired. Or make thinner bars by using a 9×11-inch pan instead of the 8×8-inch pan I show here.

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Tip on brown rice syrup: I use this since it’s stickier than honey, so it helps the bars hold together. It’s also less sweet tasting, which is nice since there are other sweet ingredients here.

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To store, wrap each bar in plastic wrap and store in a zip top bag in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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You can use honey in place of the brown rice syrup. The bars won’t hold together quite as well, so be sure to store them in the fridge and serve them very cold for best results.