5 Minute Granola Bars

5 Minute Granola Bars

I love that these bars are easy to make with pantry staples and can be made in 5 minutes.  Mom score! I typically double the recipe and press into a 9 x 13 pan so that they last a little longer in my home.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups quick oats (you can use rolled oats and just blast them a few times in the food processor)
  • 1 1/4 cup peanut butter or almond butter (use sunflower butter for a nut-free option)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1/3 cup real maple syrup or honey
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips (Note for holidays I use holiday colored candy or make your flavor or choice with shredded coconut, freeze dried strawberries, nuts or raisins)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, combine the oats, nut butter, coconut, salt and maple syrup. Then add in the chips and pulse a few times to get them evenly mixed in.
  2. Line an 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper. Leave enough paper to come out the sides.
  3. Press the mixture down well into the pan. You really want to pack it so the bars hold together.
  4. Place the pan in the fridge to set. It should take 30 minutes.
  5. Once set, pull the whole thing out of the pan by the extra ends of parchment paper.  Store in an airtight container in the fridge. They should last a couple of weeks. Enjoy!