Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Homemade granola bars

Another adventure in cooking - homemade granola bars.  We really love granola bars and always try to find a healthy and low cost option at the store.  I read about this recipe and thought it might be a good option for us.  I loved the short ingredient list and the directions seemed very straight forward.

My husband and I worked together and really liked the result.  The bars held together well and the taste is as good as anything we have purchased at the store.  In fact, my husband thinks they are a little sweeter (in a good way).

Give them a try!

No-Bake Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
yield: 10 bars
adapted from Rachael Ray

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup crispy rice cereal
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips

In a large bowl, stir oats and rice cereal together. Set aside. In a small pot, melt butter, honey and brown sugar together over medium high heat until it comes to a bubble. Reduce the heat and cook 2 minutes. Pour in vanilla and stir.

Pour over dry ingredients and mix well to moisten all ingredients. Pour into lightly greased small jelly roll pan {about 12x8x1} and press out to be about 3/4 inch in thickness. {If your pan isn’t small enough, pack the mixture into one side. You really want to press them down so they stick together.} Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips and press down lightly.

Cool on a countertop to room temperature for two hours or until the chocolate chips are set before cutting into bars. Wrap in parchment or plastic wrap and store at room temperature.

Recipe Notes: If your granola bars don’t seem to be staying together when you cut them, you may have made them too thin or you didn’t pack them in tight enough. Stick them in the fridge for 20 minutes and that should help keep them together. {Be sure not to keep them in there too long or else they’ll become super hard!} The next time you make them, try reducing the butter to 3 tablespoons and really packing them down.

1 comment:

Sandy said...

these sound yummy -- definitely going to try them!