Easy No Bake Granola Bars | Graceland Fruit

This easy granola bar recipe is a sponsored post brought to you by Graceland Fruit.
graceland-fruit-1Who is ready for a new EASY recipe? Well I finally have one for you. Life has been crazy lately so my time in the kitchen has been all about quick and easy while still being healthy.

My entire family is all about snacking and having easy to grab foods for on the go whether it’s work, a playdate, post swim lessons or a fun family outing. While we love to grab fresh fruit because honestly what could be easier but we love to have something that isn’t just fruit. That is why I am just loving these new bars.

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They are…

EASY
QUICK
HEALTHY
NO-BAKE
INCREDIBLY DELICIOUS

Easy No Bake Granola Bars
Quick and Easy Granola Bars
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  2. 2 cups crushed pretzels
  3. 1/2 cup dried cherries
  4. 1/2 cup dried blueberries
  5. 1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips
  6. 1 cup unsweetened peanut butter
  7. 1/2 cup brown rice syrup
  8. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Combine the oats, pretzels, dried fruit and chocolate chips and mix.
  2. Add the peanut butter, brown rice syrup and vanilla extract; mix until fully combined.
  3. Pour the granola mix into a lined baking dish and press down into one even layer.
  4. Pop in the freezer for 30-45 minutes.
  5. Remove and cut into bars, wrap each individual bar and return to the freezer.
  6. They are now ready to grab-and-go whenever you are feeling hungry.
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How easy was that recipe? I really love the addition of Graceland Fruit dried blueberries and cherries but you can easily customize these bars based on what you have on hand. These bars would be great with nuts and seeds or even swap the peanut butter for your other favorite nut or seed butter. 

You could also form the mix into little balls instead of bars. They also travel really well. Grab them from the freezer and toss in a lunch bag and go. Quick, easy and delicious! 

What is your favorite granola bar combination?

Graceland Fruit makes packages of dried cherries, cranberries, and blueberries and is now available on the West Coast at Fred Meyer and QFC stores.

 

PDX Events | 2016 Oregon Fermentation Festival

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Pickles, kombucha, kraut, kimchi, miso….fermented goodies. All the amazing goodies we got to taste at the Oregon Fermentation Festival this past weekend. 

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Our house is one that is constantly stocked with delicious krauts and kombuchas and we often have something fermenting (some more successful than others). What can I saw we love fermented foods so when we found out about the Oregon Fermentation Festival we marked our calendars and purchased our tickets and prepared for an afternoon of funky foods. 

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We sampled some of our favorites like Kevita, Health-ade and OlyKraut. We also tried some new (to us) places such as Rawkstar Creations which not only has really great kombucha but an AAAAAMAZING raw BLT. 2016-09-10-oregon-fermentation-festival-7

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We dined on popsicles and the most delicious miso-lemon corn from Obon PDX. We loved it so much we shared 4 ears. 2016-09-10-oregon-fermentation-festival-15

We even got to make a jar of pickled cucumbers and green beans! Which the kids thought was pretty amazing. 2016-09-10-oregon-fermentation-festival-22

Overall we loved the festival and the kids couldn’t get enough kombucha so of course we ended up going home with a box of different varieties.

So fermented foods and beverages- love or hate? What are you favorites?