You'll love these homemade granola bars made with nutritious chia seeds and goji berries. Plus, the recipe is easily made vegan or gluten free!
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with foil. Coat foil with cooking spray; set aside. Spread oats in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until toasted, stirring twice. Remove from oven; let cool. Reduce oven temperature to 300°F.
Meanwhile in a small saucepan combine the maple syrup, peanut butter, brown sugar, coconut oil, and honey. Heat and stir over medium heat just until peanut butter and brown sugar are melted. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and salt.
In a large bowl combine the toasted oats, rice cereal, pistachios, pepitas, goji berries, wheat germ, and chia seeds. Stir to combine. Pour maple syrup mixture over oat mixture. Stir to combine.
Press oat mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle chocolate pieces evenly over the top. Press chocolate pieces firmly into oat mixture. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until firm. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
Layer bars between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
Substitute flax meal for the wheat germ to make gluten free.
Use maple syrup in place of the honey.