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No-Bake Tropical Granola Bars
We love peanut butter and chocolate in our homemade granola bars just as much as the next guy. But when we’re in the mood for something a little extra, these are our go-to.
These granola bars take 5 minutes to make, 20 minutes to set up, and in under a half-hour, your snack is ready. No baking necessary since they’re made in the microwave.
This is a perfect recipe for kids to help with, but be warned, there might not be any bars left when you’re done!
Compared to store-bought, these bars are far more cost-effective and as a bonus, you can pronounce all the ingredients.
For the tropical twist, we use 100% natural Jali Fruit Co. dried pineapple and jackfruit. The aromatic jackfruit mixes perfectly with the oats and the pineapple adds a punch of flavor!
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 cup quick-cook oats (do not use old-fashioned whole-rolled oats; too large and bars will not hold together)
- 1 cup rice cereal
- 1 cup tropical dried fruit medley, diced into small pieces (ours contain Jali Fruit Co. dried pineapple and jackfruit)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
1. Line an 8×8-inch pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
2. Add the butter, brown sugar and honey to a large microwave-safe bowl and heat on high power for 60 to 90 seconds, or until the butter has melted and ingredients can be whisked smooth.
3. Return bowl to microwave and heat on high power for 1 minute. Stop and whisk. Return bowl to microwave and heat on high power for 1 minute. The mixture should be bubbling. (If you’ve ever made caramel sauce, it looks like the beginning stages of caramel). You want the mixture to be bubbling to ensure that the bars hold together upon cooling. If yours isn’t bubbling, return the bowl to microwave and heat for another 30 to 60 seconds, or until bubbling.
4. Add the oats, rice cereal, Jali Fruit Co. dried fruit, salt, and stir to combine.
5. Turn mixture out into prepared pan, hard-packing it with a spatula so form an even, smooth, flat layer.
6. Freeze for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until bars have set, and slice into bars.
Pro Tip: Wrap each bar in plastic wrap and store them in a gallon-sized reusable ziptop bag in the fridge for up to 10 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.