No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars

Friends, these quick and healthy no-bake granola bars are your answer to all things “back-to-school” related:

Woke up late and no time for breakfast? No-bake chewy granola bar…

Need a portable snack for your kid’s lunchbox? No-bake chewy granola bar…

Missed the bus, forgot about the PTA meeting (by the way, you are the new PTA president!), called your kid’s teacher by the wrong name… well, these here little granola bars may not solve all your problems, but they sure will keep you from losing it completely due to being hungry!…

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No-bake Peanut Butter Fudge

Howdy folks!  This no-bake peanut butter fudge is hands-down one of my “must-have-in-the-house-at-all-times” recipes, not only for contest prep, but for every single day of my life.  I hope it will become one of yours as well.

Remember my no-bake sweet potato brownies?  Well, these are a close cousin… …

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Sunbutter Hempseed Energy Bars

Sunbutter Hempseed Energy Bars

It’s back to school time for most of us moms… anyone doing a happy dance??  I have to admit I’m not!!  While I thrive on routine, I do miss my kiddos during the day.  And I hate waking up their sleepy little heads when the little hand on the clock is pointing to 5…

But I feel like I can make up for it a bit by sending them to school with healthy snacks, like these sunbutter hempseed energy bars.  I mean, if they’re going to be away from the house for 10-12 hours a day, the least I can do is wave them off with a yummy and energy-filled treat that won’t squish all over their lunch box.  How’s that for showing love?

Sunbutter Hempseed Energy Bars

These little dudes are perfect for those nut-free classrooms too, because they’re based on sunbutter (sunflower seed butter) so they fall within the nut-free regulations, woo-hoo!  They’re rich in healthy fats, fiber, and protein, so they’re super satisfying, and sweetly delicious… or deliciously sweet??  Both, actually!  And of course you know I’m a big fan of adding extra ingredients… everything from grated orange rind to dried cranberries to chocolate chips… it all works!

Sunbutter Hempseed Energy Bars

As far as holding up under the pressure of being carted around all day, these bars are tops.  I can guarantee you will not have an “unfortunate lunch-box event” (such as has occurred in our family in the past, but we won’t talk about it… it involved yogurt and that’s all I’ll say,) and that’s always a blessing.

Sunbutter Hempseed Energy Bars

But here I am talking like these are only for the school-going set… shame on me!!!  Please don’t let your offspring eat all these cute little bars by themselves- that would be a mistake for sure.  You’re gonna want ’em too: for breakfast, post-workout, afternoon snacking, with coffee… yup, they’re pretty much perfect for every occasion.

Maybe the best thing about these bars is that they take only about 10-15 minutes to whip up in your blender or food processor.  So you really have no excuse for not making a batch… or two… just to make sure there are some left for the kids.

Sunbutter Hempseed Energy Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 12 small bars

Sunbutter Hempseed Energy Bars

A super easy, nut-free, low-sugar, high fiber treat that your kids (and you!) will love!

Ingredients

  • ½ cup rolled oats (use certified gluten-free if necessary)
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds
  • 2 T. chia seeds
  • ½ cup sunflower butter
  • 2. T. coconut oil
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 T. unsweetened coconut
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries or mini chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1-2 T. coconut to sprinkle on top (optional)

Instructions

  • Place oats, hemp seeds and chia seeds into a blender or food processor. Blend or process (pulse) until finely ground but not oily.
  • In a small saucepan, heat sunflower butter, coconut oil, & honey until melted. Add to blender or food processor along with vanilla, 1 T. dried coconut, and dried cranberries/chocolate chips if using, and blend on lower speed to mix. DO NOT over-process or it will get super oily!!
  • Press into a 9x5 inch loaf pan, then sprinkle with additional 2 T. coconut if desired. Chill briefly in the refrigerator to set, about 30 minutes.
  • Cut into 12 small bars and store in the fridge.
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