Wednesday, June 6, 2012

No-Bake Chewy Chocolate Granola Bars Recipe


I am a sucker for anything remotely healthy, yet sweet and reasonably filling. These granola bars fit the bill (and they were the perfect option for our weekend camping trip). In just minutes your pan of granola bars is firming up on the counter top--less time than it would take to run to the store to purchase a package of the pre-made variety. I call that a win!


No-Bake Chewy Chocolate Granola Bars Recipe
recipe adapted from Tasty Kitchen
Makes 8-10 granola bars

2 cups quick oats
1 cup Kashi Go Lean Cereal (or Rice Krispies)
1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

3 Tbsp butter
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla

Lightly grease the bottom of a 12x8 inch jelly roll pan (a larger pan will do, but you will have work to keep the granola pressed in.) 

In a large bowl, stir together quick oats, cereal, cinnamon, and chocolate chips. 

In a small sauce pan, heat the butter, sugar, and honey over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Once bubbling, turn heat down to simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. 

Pour sauce over top of the oat mixture and stir until evenly combined. Chocolate chips should be melted and evenly distributed. 

Press firmly into the bottom of the prepared pan. Let set at room temperature for 2 hours before cutting into bars. Wrap bars individually in plastic wrap or parchment paper and store at room temperatures

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