Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

 

Another favorite granola bar recipe!  These are easy to make and taste great.  The recipe was originally a “no-bake” recipe, but they fell apart really easily, so I decided to try baking them.  They hold up really well after baking.

 

Ingredients:
4 Cups Oats
2 Cups Puffed Rice Cereal
1/2 Cup Honey
1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
1/4 Cup Peanut Butter (crunchy or add some finely chopped peanuts)
1/4 Cup Unsalted Butter
3 teaspoons Vanilla

 

Preheat oven to 325°F and line a 9X13 inch pan with parchment paper, letting it hang over the edges slightly.  Spray the parchment paper with non-stick spray.

Combine oats and cereal together in a large bowl.

In a medium saucepan, combine honey, brown sugar, peanut butter and butter.  Bring to a bubble over medium/high heat.  Reduce and simmer until smooth.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

Pour into the large bowl with the oat/cereal mixture.  Fold together until completely combined.  Press firmly into the prepared pan.  Bake 20-25 minutes for chewy and 25-30 minutes for crunchy.  Press with a lightly oiled spatula right when they come out of the oven.  Let cool completely before cutting into bars.

 

Yield: 9X13 inch pan of granola bars

*Note: Use gluten free oats and cereal if you need this to be gluten free

 

-Recipe slightly adapted from Pennies & Pancakes-

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