Nut-Free Granola Bars

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  • 16Servings

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups unsweetened puffed wheat cereal
  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries or dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips or finely chopped bittersweet chocolate

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 F. Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper, allowing it to hang over on two sides.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cereal, oats and dried cherries or cranberries; toss.
  3. Add the honey, vanilla and salt to a small saucepan. Stir over medium heat until the salt dissolves. Pour the mixture over the dry ingredients and mix until everything is combined. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the chocolate to the mixture and fold in until distributed evenly.
  5. Transfer the mixture to the pan. Using the back of a fork, press the mixture to flatten.
  6. Cover the mixture with the hanging parchment paper and press firmly.
  7. Bake for about 35 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
  8. To avoid sticking, run a knife along the unlined sides of the pan. Allow the bars to cool in the pan on a wire rack for about 1 hour.
  9. Remove the bars from the pan by lifting the parchment paper, then gently peel the paper off. Cut into 16 even bars.

Source: Eating Well

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