We just got back from a fantastic road trip to Atlanta where we went to a wonderful aquarium, splashed in the Olympic rings at Centennial Park and had dinner with a dear friend who I had not seen in years. Then we drove up to a log cabin in the Appalachian mountains for some relaxation. There we went gem panning, listened to blue grass music, paid a visit to an alpaca farm, watched cheese being made and enjoyed some small town homemade ice-cream.
Thank goodness my kids are pretty good at traveling in a car because there was lots of driving. We packed a cooler full of nutritious food and had yummy snacks on hand to keep us away from the convenience foods along the way. I wanted to share with you a recipe for No Bake Granola bars that we had made before we left on our trip. It was a hit with the whole family and we will definitely be remaking them again here soon.
Note: feel free to substitute the nuts/seeds and dried fruits with your favorite varieties.
No Bake Refrigerator Granola Bars
adapted from http://www.allergyfreealaska.com
- 1 c. old fashioned oats (you can sub gluten-free oats if need be)
- 1 c. cashews
- 1 c. whole almonds
- 1/2 c. sunflower seeds
- 1 c. dried cherries, chopped (use a variety that has no additives….just cherries. I found mine at Trader Joes)
- 1/4 c. + 2 Tbsp. honey
- 3 Tbs. coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp. salt (use less or even omit if your nuts/seeds are salted)
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp. almond extract
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- Pulse half of the nuts & oats in a food processor or blender until they are a flour consistency (don’t pulse too long or you’ll have nut butter). Pour out the “flour” into a bowl
- Place remaining nuts, oats and seeds in the food processor/blender and pulse until finely chopped.
- Mix the chopped nuts with the nut “flour” in a bowl and add the dried cherries (or other fired fruit of your choice), salt and cinnamon.
- In a small saucepan mix honey, coconut oil, and extracts. Bring to a boil, take off the burner and add the nut/oat mixture.
- Press the mixture firmly into an 8×8 pan, lined with parchment paper and refrigerate until set.
- Pull the bars out of the pan using the parchment paper and cut into bar shapes.
- Wrap in bars in wax paper and seal with a little tape or a cute sticker 🙂
- Keep refrigerated (as they will hold their shape a little better).
These granola bars provide a good stabile energy boost from oats, honey and dried fruit when coupled with the healthy fats from the nuts and seeds. I’m thinking these would be a great bar to have pre workout. Yum Yum!