No-Bake Cranberry Nut Butter Oatmeal Squares

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oatmeal squares

This simple no-bake oatmeal squares recipe is a great substitute for store-bought granola and breakfast bars. The peanut butter can be swapped out for any other nut butter or even soy butter if nut allergies are a concern. You can also use any variety of puffed cereal you like, such as puffed quinoa.

Makes 12 servings

Ingredients

1/4 cup liquid honey
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp pure maple syrup
1 1/2 tsp vegetable oil
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup large-flake rolled oats
1 cup puffed rice cereal (Rice Krispies)
1/4 cup chopped almonds, toasted
1/2 cup unsweetened dried cranberries

Directions
  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the honey, peanut butter, sugar, maple syrup, oil and cinnamon. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes, until the sugar has completely dissolved. Stir in the vanilla.
  2. Meanwhile, in large bowl, combine the oats, cereal, almonds and cranberries. Add the peanut butter mixture and stir until well combined.
  3. Pat the mixture into an 8- × 8-inch baking pan lightly sprayed with vegetable oil. Cover and refrigerate for about 30 minutes, just until firm. Cut into 12 even squares. Squares will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes

Nutritional Information per Serving
Calories 70 * Carbohydrates 17 g * Fibre 0.8 g * Protein 3.5 g * Fat 5.8 g * Saturated Fat 0.8 g * Cholesterol 0 mg * Sodium 40 mg

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Rose Reisman is a mother of four, author of 18 books and a sought after speaker on national TV and radio, and a regular newspaper contributor across Canada. As one of Canada’s leading authorities on the art of eating and living well, Rose speaks to educate the public on chronic disease prevention, weight management, family meals and the latest nutrition trends. She is the owner of Rose Reisman Catering and Personal Gourmet, has her own menu at the Pickle Barrel chain, and is a restaurant consultant to Glow Fresh Grill, a 300 seat establishment in Toronto featuring Rose Reisman’s fresh healthy menu.

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