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No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen

Yield

Serves 12 (serving size: 1 bar)

These bars are a perfectly portable snack you can prep on Sunday and enjoy throughout the week. Wrap leftovers tightly in plastic wrap, and store in the fridge. The bars will continue to firm up as they chill.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup ancient-grain cereal blend (such as Cheerios + Ancient Grains)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup chopped unsalted pistachios
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup chopped pitted dates
  • Cooking spray

Nutrition Information

  • calories 149
  • fat 6.6 g
  • satfat 1.8 g
  • monofat 2.4 g
  • polyfat 1.4 g
  • protein 4 g
  • carbohydrate 20 g
  • fiber 2 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 2 mg
  • sodium 88 mg
  • calcium 23 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 6 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl.

  2. Combine peanut butter, honey, and dates in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook 3 minutes or until peanut butter melts, stirring frequently.

  3. Pour peanut butter mixture over oat mixture; stir well to combine. Spread mixture into an 8-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray; press firmly to form a compact, even layer. Place pan in freezer for 10 minutes. Remove from freezer, and cut into 12 bars.