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