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Kids Granola Bar Bites


I think I’ve found a gem here. These are SO good and the kids are crazy for them! I made a batch on Monday, just to try them out, and they were gone by Thursday. Bryce asked for them in his lunch EVERY day and they even asked for them for dessert after dinner! I think I tricked them with the Mini M&Ms. I don’t care, all I know is that they love them, I love them and they’re a healthy snack. Win, win, win!
2 cups rice crispy cereal
2 cups quick oats
1/2 cup chopped almonds (or nut of your choice)
4 T ground flax seed
3 T chia seeds
3 T wheat bran
1 T olive oil (or coconut oil if you have it)
1 t vanilla
1/2 cup honey
1 cup mini marshmallows
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup Mini M&M’s
In a large saute pan, toast the oats and nuts until fragrant. Then combine them in a large mixing bowl with the rice cereal, flax seed, chia seeds, and wheat bran. Add oil and vanilla and stir until well distributed. 
In a microwave safe bowl, heat the honey for 1 minute 30 seconds. It will be bubbly and hot when it’s done. Remove the hot honey mixture and stir in marshmallows until they melt. If they don’t melt all the way, put them back in for an additional 10-15 seconds. Stir peanut butter into honey/marshmallow mixture until completely combined and smooth. Pour over dry mix and stir until everything is coated evenly. 
Let rest about 5 minutes to cool down and then sprinkle in M&Ms. Gently stir to distribute them.
Using 2 sandwich bags with your hands in them, take small handfuls of the mixture and shape them into balls and them place them on a lined cookie sheet. By the end, the M&Ms might be kind of smash from being warm, but it doesn’t matter because they’re still good…just smash away! 
Refrigerate or freeze until set. After they’re set, you can put them in a large Ziploc bag or airtight container, but store them in the fridge. Then enjoy the goodness!
*Adapted from reallifedinner.com

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