STL Veg Girl: Granola Bars

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(KTVI) – Caryn Dugan, AKA STL Veg Girl, stopped by to show Tim Ezell how to make some tasty and healthy granola bars.

Granola Bars

1 ½ cups quick oats
½ cups dried mixed berries, chopped
¼ cup non-dairy chocolate chips
2 TBS dried coconut
1 TBS chia seeds
¼ cup unsweetened dried banana, chopped
2/3 cup unsalted, crunchy peanut butter
½ cup brown rice syrup

In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats through the chopped banana.  Add in your peanut butter and then brown rice syrup and either with a spatula or using your hands, mix all ingredients together until it is sticking together.

Scoop mixture into an 8 X 8 dish (or some type of similar baking dish). Evenly distribute and pat down very well.  Cover with cellophane and refrigerate for four hours.  Slice and serve.

NOTES:

You can substitute almost any ingredient:

-Use only the dried berries you like

-don`t like coconut, omit it

-can use flaxseed meal in place of chia seeds

-any kind of nut butter will do; nut allergy?  Use sunflower seed butter

-brown rice syrup, can be subbed out for honey, agave syrup, maple syrup