Whole-Grain No-Bake Granola Bars

2 cups puffed brown rice cereal (unsweetened)
2 cups old fashioned oats
1/4 cup roasted almonds, chopped
1/4 cup roasted sunflower seeds
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup dried fruit, chopped
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup brown rice syrup or 1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup mini chocolate chip (optional)

Directions Combine cereal, oats, nuts, seeds, coconut and fruit in a large mixing bowl.

Heat the peanut butter, syrup, and vanilla in a small sauce pan until warm. Do not boil. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the cereal mixture. Mix well while syrup is still warm.

Pour mixture into a 9x13 pan. Pack the mixture down firmly with moist fingers or the bottom of another 9x13 pan sprayed with cooking spray.

sprinkle on the mini chocolate chips and press them in firmly.

Cover with plastic wrap. Cool completely. Cut into 24 bars. Wrap individually and store in fridge.

recipe from: food.com