Wednesday, April 25, 2012

No-Bake Granola Bars

I love home-made granola and granola bars but I really never make them, just because I never have the ingredients on hand and if  I were to go to the store to buy the ingredients I would just end up buying granola!  When I came across this recipe for granola bars that I always have the ingredients for I saved it in my recipes-to-try folder right away and have since made it several times. They are super easy and fast to make and my whole family devourers them (Unless I hide them, which I have to do sometimes so they last more then a day!).

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup crispy rice cereal
1/4 tsp vanilla
2 Tbs mini chocolate chips
Optional ingredients: coconut, nuts, butterscotch chips

In a large bowl, combine oats and rice krispies together (I add in some coconut here.).  Set aside.  In a small pan, combine butter, brown sugar, and honey and heat over medium heat until it comes to a boil.  Reduce heat and boil for 2 minutes.  Pour over dry ingredients and mix well.  Pour into a lightly greased or sprayed 9x9 inch pan.  Press down tightly so that they will stick together.  Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips and press down lightly.  Cool at room temperature for 2 hours or in refrigerator for 20 minutes.  Wrap in syran wrap or wax paper and store at room temperature.
*I don't use chocolate chips.  My kids don't know they are supposed to have them in there and don't seem to care.  I add some coconut to the oatmeal/rice krispie mixture.  Maybe a 1/3 cup or so.  Just enough for some extra sweetness but not enough so that those who don't like coconut can tell.  I also double mine and put it in a 9x13 pan.
Next time I am going to try almond extract instead of the vanilla and some chopped almonds.

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