Student-friendly recipes: Peanut butter cranberry granola bars

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Granola bars make a great portable snack. The peanut butter and raw oats make this bar one that will stick with you for a while.  

 

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Makes 18 bars

Total cost: About $5.04 total, or $.28 per bar

 

Ingredients:

¾ cup peanut butter ($.79)

½ cup honey ($1.75)

2 cups rolled oats ($..40)

1/3 cup sunflower seeds ($.50)

1/3 cup dried cranberrys ($.75)

½ cup chocolate chunks or chips ($..50)

2 Tablespoons coconut oil($.20)

½ teaspoon vanilla ($.15)

1 pinch sea salt

 

Instructions

Gather and prep ingredients.  

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Line an 8×10 baking dish with parchment paper.

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Melt the peanut butter, honey and coconut oil together in a saucepan over low heat until smooth.

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Add in all the remaining ingredients except for the chocolate and stir.

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After the mixture has cooled to about room temperature add the chocolate and mix. 

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Flatten out into the parchment-lined baking dish and press together firmly with a flat bottomed bowl.

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Refrigerate overnight (or for at least a couple of hours) and then cut into small bars. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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Enjoy!

 

Notes:

Play around with the ingredients to suit your taste.  Many different seeds, nuts, and dried fruit combinations work well.

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