Pantry Power Granola Bars

Hi Friends! I missed you last week! I had a fabulously rewarding and exhausting week with the Kid's Kampers at church and didn't have an ounce of creative energy left to put any time into posts. I did manage to spend a little bit of time in the kitchen this weekend to make these Pantry Power Granola Bars. Yay! Another treat that doesn't require using the oven!
Pantry Power Granola Bars by Posed Perfection
I have been looking for more ways to get some healthy ingredients into our snacks. While we love the No-Bake Granola Bites I make from time to time, I also like using up some other items in the pantry. So, after working with several recipes and combining and tweaking, I've come up with these Pantry Power Granola Bars.
The ingredients can be customized according to your pantry ;-) I had some Apricots and Butterscotch Chips I wanted to use up, so that's the flavor combination in these. Here's what you need: rolled oats, chopped nuts or seeds, crisp rice cereal, sunflower seed butter, honey, dried apricots, butterscotch chips and flaxseed (ground is probably better).
Start by combining the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Microwave the sunflower seed butter and honey for 30-60 seconds and stir until smooth. Pour the honey mixture over the dry ingredients...
...and stir until completely combined.
Pour mixture into a greased 8x8 inch pan.
Using a piece of waxed paper, pat the dough down evenly in the pan.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes to set up. Cut into 12 bars and do your best not to eat all of them by one sitting. While they do have healthy ingredients, they also have plenty of calories. Moderation is the key.
Pantry Power Granola Bars
(can be changed up according to what is in your pantry)

1 cup rolled oats
1 1/4 cup crisp rice cereal
1/4 to 1/3 cup chopped dried fruit (Apricots)
1/4 cup butterscotch chips
1/4/ cup chopped nuts (almonds)
2 Tbsp. flaxseed (ground is best)
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup nut butter (sunflower seed butter)

Combine dry ingredients in large bowl. Microwave the honey and nut butter for 30 seconds and stir until smooth. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Pour into greased 8x8 inch pan and pat to uniform thickness with waxed paper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Cut into 12 pieces. Store in air-tight container in refrigerator for best results.
This was a surprisingly delicious combination. The sweetness of the butterscotch went perfectly with the delicate tartness of the dried apricots. My daughter was even willing to eat the dried apricots this way. I'm not sure how my son will receive these, as he is off visiting Nana and Papa this week. I may need to make up another batch with some chocolate chips in it to satisfy his pickier palate. I still have plenty of items in the pantry. There's no telling what the next combination might be. What ingredients would you include?
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  1. That's a great idea Nici, and looks delicious! I'll bet dried cranberries would be good in that too. I love the idea of using what's already in your pantry. I'm not very good at that sometimes! Oh, and I think you meant to say 30-60 SECONDS below the 4th picture, not minutes! :) Glad to see you back. Have a great day!


  2. Looks yummy. I just made a batch with ingredients I had in the pantry because my store bought ones ran out and the kids were getting cranky. LOL. I don't know why I stopped making my own.

  3. These look so good. Great idea and super recipe. Thanks for joining Inspire ME. Hugs, Marty

  4. Great idea Nici! I love that they are no-bake :) Thanks for linking up to Share Your Stuff Tuesdays..hope to see you again next week!
    Erin @ Table for Seven

  5. Oh yum! Definitely a recipe to pin. These look great. :)

  6. Mmm these sound really good! The butterscotch/apricot combination sounds DELICIOUS!

  7. Hi Nici...I'm following your link from A Humble Bumble. As I was fixing breakfast this morning I had the thought about creating an breakfast or snack bar with oatmeal and fruit. This looks delicious and you have given me some great ideas and tips that I will be able to use.

    Thanks for the post!

  8. I love the addition of apricots! So delicious!
    I'd love to have you share this and/or any other recipe at Wednesday Extravaganza - A Foodie Link Party! Hope to see you there :)

  9. Oh, I wouldn't hear thought to add rice crispies. Very clever. I might just have to rummage through my pantry to see what I
    coca can put together.

    Christy @ Creating a Beautiful Life

  10. These look great! Pinning these!
    Allison @

  11. These sound so yummy and I love the name! I can't wait to try, thanks for sharing, Nici!

    ~Jen @

  12. Yummy. I'm going to whip up a batch for my kids (or is it really for me?). Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday at Organized 31.

  13. I am loving these! I'd have to sub seeds for the nuts....and anything with sunbutter is always a hit! Pinning & stopping by from Mop It Up Monday!
    Kim @ *Soliloquy Of Food & Such*

  14. These look delicious!! Pinning this one! :)


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