No Bake Tropical Granola Bars

As a dancer, I am highly physically active. Some days I spend 12 hours at the studio rehearsing, choreographing, studying, and teaching. I ask a lot of my body. In return, I need to fuel it properly. These granola bars are an excellent snack for the busy, physically active person. They contain nearly 5g protein, and 4.5g fibre and provide a unique spin on the classic chocolate or fruit granola bar. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Freezer Time: 30 minutes minimum

Ingredients:

"Less" tropical but easy version with Safeway dried fruit mix including dried pineapple and apricot

"Less" tropical but easy version with Safeway dried fruit mix including dried pineapple and apricot

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup rice krispies
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup shelled sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup dried tropical fruit, cut into small pieces

**The first few times I made this recipe, I used dried mangos and pineapple, and I had to cut them by hand. These tasted delicious, but definitely took a bit longer to prep. More recently, I found a dried fruit mix that included dried pineapple and apricot from Safeway. It wasn't as tropical, but it did save me the time of cutting up the fruit. Use what works for you!**

Topical version with dried mango and pineapple

Topical version with dried mango and pineapple

Directions:

  1. Line an 8" pan with parchment paper. Don't worry if the paper doesn't sit in the pan nicely. 
  2. Combine margarine, honey and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Whisk until smooth. Repeat this two more times, or until the mixture is bubbling. The mixture must be bubbling in order for the bars to hold together.
  4. Combine all remaining ingredients in with the bubbling sugar mixture. Mix well. 
  5. Pour into parchment lined pan. Firmly press with spatula or parchment lined hands until smooth, even and compact.
  6. Place in freezer for at least 30 minutes. Sometimes, I will just leave it in the freezer all day while I am at work, and then finish prepping in the evening when I get back home. 
  7. Remove from freezer and let unthaw for approximately 10 minutes. Cut into 8 bars. 
  8. Can be stored in the fridge for approximately 10 days and in the freezer for approximately 3 months. I prefer to keep mine in the freezer wrapped individually in parchment paper, and just grab to throw in my lunch bag as I need. Best to enjoy these when slightly thawed. 

Enjoy!