This recipe was adapted from the Oh She Glows Cookbook Classic Glo Bar recipe
1 1⁄2 cups Buck Wheat Groats
1 1⁄4 cups rice crisp cereal- I used this one
1⁄3 cup hemp seeds
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1⁄4 cup sunflower seeds
1⁄2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1⁄4 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
1⁄2 cup, brown rice syrup 1/3 cup unsweetened cranberries or any other dried fruit of your choice 1/4 cup honey, local if you can find it
1⁄4 cup roasted peanut butter or almond butter- Optional
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1⁄4 cup mini non-dairy chocolate chips (such as Enjoy Life brand) (optional)
Prep time: 15 minutes – Freeze time: 10 minutes- Makes 12-14 bars
Line a 9-inch pan with parchment paper. You can use any size pan you want but a 9 inch will give you a nice thick bar
In a large bowl, combine the buckwheat groats, rice crisp cereal, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, coconut, sesame seeds, chia seeds, cranberries or fruit of your choice, cinnamon, and salt and mix.
Next add in your brown rice syrup, peanut/almond butter, honey and vanilla and stir well until all the oats and cereal are coated in the wet mixture. It should be pretty thick. Sometimes I don’t measure (hey don’t judge I know you do it too) and the mixture looks a little dry. If this happens to you just add in a little more honey or throw in some pure maple syrup. Only add a little at a time. These bars do not need a lot of sweetener.
Transfer the mixture to your prepared pan, spreading it out into an even layer. Lightly wet your hands and press down on the mixture to even it out. You really want to push down hard on this mixture and get it firmly in the pan, this will help them hold together.
Place the pan in the freezer, uncovered, and chill for 10 minutes, or until firm.
I store these in the refrigerator after they are set. Mike loves it when I toss one or two in his lunch.