Make It Yourself Monday: No-Bake Clif Bars!! Easy, Yummy & Healthy!

July 2013

Easy

This weeks "Make it Yourself Monday" is a recipe!

I thought these would be awesome to have on hand this summer for picnics, hikes, camping and more!

We love Clif bars at our house so I am more than willing to try out a homemade version.

These are sweet, chewy, a little crisp and packed with flavor!

These are sweetened with brown rice syrup, don’t include any sugar and are gluten-free.

These make an awesome snack, and are a perfect substitution for breakfast or lunch if you’re running late or on the go.

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup dates (pitted)
1¼ cups crisp rice cereal
1 cup quick-cooking oats
¼ cup coarsely chopped peanuts
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch salt
½ cup peanut butter
1/3 cup brown rice syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

1. Spray an 8x8-inch pan with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.

2. Place the dates in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Combine the pureed dates with the cereal, oats, peanuts, flaxseed, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl.

3. Combine the peanut butter and brown rice syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until melted and completely blended. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.

4. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the oat mixture and stir until well combined. Gently stir in the chocolate chips. Turn the mixture into the prepared pan and press firmly to pack the mixture into the pan. Let the mixture sit until completely cool and set, at least 1 hour. Cut into bars, then wrap individually in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.

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