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Gooey Granola Bars

Gooey Granola Bars, no bake, sweet and fun to make with kids!Gooey Granola Bars

Hi guys! I have had a fun filled week so far playing with Fiona, my niece, and I really wanted to make this treat with her but time got away from us! Laura posted this granola bar recipe at Heavenly Homemakers and I knew it looked like a super yummy snack that would be a great recipe for kid chefs! My 4 year old assistant wasn’t around to help me out, but Soph filled in and rocked it!

helperThis recipe is super easy and customizable. You can have your kids choose what additions to make to the recipe. There is only one part that an adult would need to help with, depending on the age of the kids.*

ingredients

Gooey Granola Bars
 
 
Ingredients
  • ½ c peanut butter (or other nut butter)
  • ⅓ c honey
  • ¼ c coconut oil
  • 1 c oats
  • 1 c (total) of any combination of : sunflower seeds, chocolate chips, dried fruit, coconut flakes etc.
Instructions
  1. In a medium sized sauce pan melt the peanut butter, coconut oil and honey. I used chunky peanut butter but you will want to melt them until all lumps are dissolved. *This is the step that an adult will need to at least assist a child.
  2. Add oats once everything is smooth. In a medium bowl, mix in additional toppings of your choice. I used coconut flakes and sunflower seeds. This would be a good time to let your helper mix all the ingredients with their hands!
  3. Once mixed, spread the granola into an 8×8 dish. My dish was 9×9 so I made sure to not fill the entire dish.
  4. Cover with foil and toss in the fridge for 2 hours before cutting and serving.

Step by Step Directions

raw ingredients1In a medium sized sauce pan melt the peanut butter, coconut oil and honey. I used chunky peanut butter but you will want to melt them until all lumps are dissolved. *This is the step that an adult will need to at least assist a child. Add oats once everything is smooth. In a medium bowl, mix in additional toppings of your choice. I used coconut flakes and sunflower seeds. This would be a good time to let your helper mix all the ingredients with their hands!

pourI opted to use a spoon because I’d already gotten honey in Soph’s hair while trying to stop her from eating the dog’s food. I would have preferred mixing with my hands though because the coconut oil, honey and oats make for a natural hand conditioner! Once mixed, spread the granola into an 8×8 dish. My dish was 9×9 so I made sure to not fill the entire dish.

Gooey Granola Bars, no bake, sweet and fun to make with kids!Cover with foil and toss in the fridge for 2 hours before cutting and serving. This makes for a great on-the-go snack that you could wrap up for later! This batch will last me a while because Jeffrey hates coconut and Soph can’t quite chew granola yet…although, it won’t be long! I kind of didn’t want to share them though because they looked so good…I was right.

Gooey Granola Bars, no bake, sweet and fun to make with kids!These bars are super tasty and have no corn syrup like so many of the store-made granola. Next time I will leave out the coconut and add mini chocolate chips so Jeffrey can have some. It would be great with dried cranberries as well! What will you put in your Gooey Granola Bars?

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6 Wonderful Comments

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      Shelly says:
      July 5, 2014

      They were too delish! I can see mixing it up for whatever your kids like to eat!

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    July 1, 2014

    Those look awesome! Granola bars are so expensive, so little, and probably filled with fake stuff, making your own is an excellent idea! I will have to give it a try. Thanks for linking up to Snickerdoodle Sunday! Can’t wait to see what you have for us next week! – Kristina

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      Shelly says:
      July 5, 2014

      They couldn’t have been easier! The hardest part was waiting for them to set up in the fridge before I could cut them. 😉

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    July 3, 2014

    Love it. The simplicity is so perfect for kids. Lots of nutrition, but without being complicated. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday

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      Shelly says:
      July 5, 2014

      Yea! Not a ton of ingredients makes it easy and knowing what’s in your granola bars is even better. 🙂

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