Charlotte’s No-Bake Blue Ribbon Bars

“You didn’t bake these?,” I quizzed Charlotte, gobbling down a granola bar in one bite.  ”Nope, it’s too hot to use the oven, so I just whipped up this recipe,” she said, as though ‘whipping up’ one of the best granola bar recipes I’ve ever had is just something that comes to her in her sleep.  ”The idea came to me in my sleep,” she said.  No, she didn’t.  She didn’t say that.  But, I imagine that it did, nonetheless.

 

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I posted this pic on Instagram the other day and I was hounded by replies, texts, emails and Facebook messages (I assume I’ll be receiving written requests in my mailbox any minute now) to post this recipe.  So, voila!  Your wish is my command, friends!

 

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This bar has just about everything going on.  Crispy and crunchy with a bit of ooey decadence, these bars are satisfying without being remotely heavy.  Plus, it’s Charlotte, so you know she went ahead and used super healthy ingredients that her son, the cleanest eater I’ve ever met, can enjoy.  The brown rice gives this a ‘crispy rice treat’ texture, while bits of hemp and sunflower seeds add an unexpected crunch.  Rolled oats and raw honey round out these stellar treat while chocolate chips keep it nice and sweet.

 

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Let me know whatcha think!!

 

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
Recipe by Charlotte Abrams

 

Makes about 12 bars

 

1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup crisp brown rice cereal
1/4 cup shelled hemp seed
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup organic cane sugar
1/3 cup organic expeller pressed canola oil
1/3 cup raw honey
1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

 

Combine the oats, brown rice cereal, seeds, and salt in a large bowl. Combine sugar, oil, and honey in a small saucepan over low heat. Warm, stirring, until all the sugar has dissolved. Pour over oat mixture and stir to combine. Spread mixture in an 8-by-8-inch baking pan lined with parchment paper. Let cool slightly, then scatter chocolate chips evenly on top. Press down firmly with the back of a dry measuring cup. Let cool completely before transferring to the refrigerator to set.

 

 

 

 

  • http://www.pinkoclock.blogspot.com/ Megan @ Pink O’Clock

    Totally making these this weekend and I cannot wait!

  • charcharcool

    my husband and son became addicted to these, i had to start rationing them.

  • charcharcool

    there is room to add even more hemp seeds in this recipe, i just only had 1/4 cup :)

    • http://www.pinkoclock.blogspot.com/ Megan @ Pink O’Clock

      Charlotte/Megan–any recommendations for a good brown rice cereal? I am not kidding when I say I’m making these this weekend.

      PS: Charlotte, I hope to meet you in person sometime soon–have heard such good things about you from Megan.

      • charcharcool

        I hope to meet you in person too, Megan! MG is my biggest fan and I’m so thankful that she shares my recipes on her amazing site. I have used several different brands of brown rice cereal when I make these and they have all worked. I would opt for an organic and unsweetened option, but that is not necessary. Hope they turn out delicious!

  • http://www.leanerbythelake.com/ Eileen Mulloy

    HOLY SMOKES. This is absolutely happening in my kitchen, stat. These are basically the perfect road trip /day trip snack to keep on hand and seem ideal for post-work snack between meals!

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