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No Bake Bars

Cinnamon Nutty Bars (No-Bake)

These Cinnamon Nutty Bars are one of my favorite grab-and-go snacks.  The best part is that there is absolutely no cooking required!  Many of the ingredients you may already have stocked in your pantry, too.  Not only are these bars packed with plant-based protein and fiber, but they taste better than those pre-packaged protein bars.  This recipe is family-friendly and is a great way to get your kids involved in the kitchen.

I recently had the pleasure of showcasing this recipe at Roland Park Country School’s annual health fair.  It would be safe to say they were a big hit with the girls–150 bars were gone in a matter of minutes! 

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Equipment:

Medium mixing bowl
Spatula
Measuring cups + spoons
Small baking dish or square container
Parchment paper

Ingredients:

1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup peanuts
1 cup Cinnamon Rice Chex
1/4 cup honey
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Line a small baking dish with parchment paper and spread mixture evenly. Press firmly down with spoon to make sure everything sticks together. Freeze for about an hour. Cut into 6 bars and enjoy!  Keep refrigerated for up to a week or frozen for up to 3 months.

Modifications:

Use regular Rice Chex or similar rice cereal.
Instead of peanut butter and peanuts, try it with almonds and almond butter.
For a nut-free version, use sunflower seeds and sunflower butter (SunButter).

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