Homemade No-Bake Granola Bars

homemade granola bars







No-Bake Granola Bars

(recipe makes a 9×13 pan)

Homemade No-Bake Granola Bars
Author: Canadian Basics
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Cook time:
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2 cups quick cooking oats (or pulse whole oats in a food processor a bit) 1 C rice crispy cereal 1/4 C shredded coconut 1/4 C butter 1/4 C honey 1/2 C brown sugar 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups quick cooking oats (or pulse whole oats in a food processor a bit)
  • 1 C rice crispy cereal
  • 1/4 C shredded coconut
  • 1/4 C butter
  • 1/4 C honey
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  1. Mix in variations listed below:
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the oats, cereal and coconut. Set a small saucepan over medium high heat and melt the butter. Add the honey, brown sugar and salt. Stir together then leave it alone as it comes to a boil. Once the boil has reached all the way around the edges of the pan, begin timing. Allow this mixture to boil for 2 minutes and 15 seconds. During this time, you may need to turn the heat down a bit so it doesn’t overflow, but be sure it keeps boiling.
  3. Pour the mixture over the oats, using a rubber spatula to get all the sugar mixture out of the pan. Mix the ingredients together until the oats are completely coated. Add in your desired mix-in then press very firmly into a lightly greased 9×13″ pan. If you like your bars thicker, you can use a smaller pan. If you do not press firmly enough, the bars will fall apart when you eat them. Place them in the fridge for 20 minutes then cut to size.
  4. Chocolate Chip
  5. Add 1/2 C of mini chocolate chips to the finished mixture before pressing into the pan, allowing it cool just a bit or you will end up with melted chips. Sprinkle on a few extra chips over the top after they are pressed into the pan.
  6. White Chocolate Cranberry
  7. Add 1/3 C of white chocolate chips and 1/3 C of Craisins to the finished mixture before pressing into the pan, allowing it to cool just a bit first or you will end up with melted chips.
  8. Candy Bar
  9. Add 1/3 C of Heath bar pieces, 1/3 C of mini M&M’s and 1/3 C of chopped pretzels to the finished mixture before pressing into the pan.
  10. Peanut Butter
  11. Add 2 Tb of peanut butter to the finished sugar mixture before pouring it over the oats. Once mixed with the oats, add 1/2 C peanut butter chips before pressing into the pan.
  12. Raisin Nut
  13. Add 1/3 C of chopped raisins and 1/3 C of chopped pecans to the finished mixture before pressing into the pan.





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I couldn’t wait to try them out because I have very dry and itchy skin. The reason for that is because I have Kidney Failure. Sadly it one symptom I have to deal with. I have tried several creams and they only give me a bit of relief at night. I am hooked up to dialysis overnight so I can’t just get up and put more cream on.

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Ways to Lower Sodium in Your Diet

Lower Sodium

As some of you may or may not know, I am currently dealing with Kidney Failure. I perform dialysis nightly in my own home. One of the challenges I found early on is cutting sodium out of my diet. The problem wasn’t that I put salt on my food (because I never was one to cook or add salt.) the problem was not eating foods made with salt in it. (like pre-packaged or ready to use items) Even if you don’t have a restricted diet, it is always good to lower your salt intake when ever possible to help prevent health issues later on in life. Here are some ways you can lower your salt intake. Sphygmomanometer.Tensiometer

  • Buy unseasoned beef, chicken, turkey , fish. (this gets tricky. Finding the best deal for unseasoned meats. More and more stores are seasoning them before packaging their meats.)
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  • Buy fresh or frozen vegetables (if you buy canned vegetables look for low sodium)
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  • Make your own soups, salad dressing or sauces.
  • Look for low sodium chips.
  • Use powders instead of salts for seasoning. (eg garlic powder instead of garlic salt)
  • Mrs. Dash seasoning has no salt added. Use it on all your meats.
  • Have gravy or salad dressing on the side. (salad dressing can be on your food if homemade)
  • When eating out ask for no salt on your food (I do this a lot when ordering fries or meats)
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  • Buy grains with low sodium
  • When using cream cheese or brick cheese, try switching to light for lower sodium content.

The best way to understand reading a label is to know that for sodium DV% 5 is low and 15 is too high. (per the size of serving) That way you look at it and make a choice if you want it or not. A person between the age of 14-50 should have an intake of 1500 mg/day of salt. (unless otherwise stated by a doctor) So some salt is good. Just like anything moderation is the key for good health! With using some of these tips you will be able to cut down some of your salt intake so you aren’t going over the amount needed. For more information about how to lower your sodium intake, consult your doctor.

~Country Momma


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