Healthy Snack Idea: Chewy Chocolate Chip Muesli Bar
Chewy Chocolate Chip Healthy Muesli Bars
(GF Options, Dairy Free, Low Sugar or Sugar Free Option)
These are perfect for school lunch pack or after soccer practice, or maybe just for those mornings that you haven’t quite eased my way into cooking breakfast. Okay, maybe chocolate isn’t the best idea for breakfast, but while you eat it, you can wear whatever you want.
Ingredients (Makes 12-16 bars)
· 2 c. old-fashioned oats
· 2 c. brown rice crispy cereal (or Ricies)
· 1/2 c. whole wheat pastry flour (or gluten free flour such as brown rice flour)
· 1/2 t. baking soda
· 1 c. brown rice syrup
· 1 T. vegan margarine (i.e. Olivani)
· 1/4 c. sugar-(or Honey or Sugar Substitute like Agave)
· 1 t. vanilla extract
· 1/2 t. salt
· 1/2 c. non-dairy chocolate chips or regular chocolate chips or for a healthier option throw in raisins and slivered almonds or dried apricots and sunflower seeds.
· Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray.
· In a large bowl, combine oats, cereal, flour and baking soda. Set aside.
· In a small saucepan, slowly heat brown rice syrup, margarine, sugar, vanilla and salt over medium heat.
· Bring to a low boil while stirring constantly and allow to thicken slightly. Remove syrup from heat and allow to cool slightly.
· Pour syrup over cereal mixture and stir until evenly coated.
· Turn cereal out into your prepared pan, and press until uniform in thickness.
· Scatter chocolate chips across the top of the bars (stirring them in causes them to melt), and press down lightly with your fingers or a spatula that has been coated in cooking spray.
· Bake for 15 to 18 minutes. The longer you bake the bars, the crispier they will become.
· Allow bars to cool completely before cutting or you will end up with a chocolaty, but delicious mess. Store uneaten bars in an airtight container or wrap individually for packing.