So as I was browsing on Pinterest I came across a recipe for some Homemade Granola Bars. I thought they looked pretty good and I had everything on hand so I figured why not trying making them? I knew I would be the only one eating them since the Mister isn’t into Peanut Butter like I am (Don’t ask – I don’t know what is wrong with him!). I threw a few in the freezer so we’ll see how they keep that way!
[Adapted from this recipe]
- 2 ½ cups Rice Krispies
- 2 cups Oats
- ¼ cup Mini Chocolate Chips [optional]
- ½ cup Honey
- ⅓ cup Brown Sugar
- ½ cup Peanut Butter
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
Line a 9 x 13 baking dish with wax paper. If you’d like chocolate on your bars you can spread some chocolate chips on the bottom of the dish.
Please note: The chocolate chips will melt a bit. I don’t think I’ll add them in the next time. I didn’t feel like they really added that much to the bars.
Place honey and brown sugar in a medium sauce pan. Heat the mixture over medium heat until it boils; stir constantly. Once it begins to boil, remove from heat.
Stir in the Peanut Butter and the Vanilla until it’s well blended.
Pour your peanut butter & sugar mixture over your dry ingredients. You want to quickly blend the two together until they are well combined. I thought this was the most challenging part! since the larger bowl I would normally use was being occupied!
Press your granola mixture into your prepared dish. I used a sheet of wax paper spread the granola evenly and to compact it down. Set the pan aside to cool completely. Once they are cooled, cut the bars and wrap individually!
I thought these bars were pretty good! I definitely like them better than the ones (Quaker, etc) you buy from the grocery store. I think the next time I would cut the Rice Krispies down a 1/2 cup (and use 2 cups). I felt like they could be a bit moister. If you look at the original recipe you will see they add a few more ingredients in there, but I didn’t want to add those items. And like I mentioned before the next time I’d leave the chocolate chips out.
If you want some chocolate with your granola bar you could always melt some chocolate chips and lightly coat one side of the granola bar with the chocolate. That would probably look prettier than the melted globs of mini chocolate chips. It wasn’t all that pretty so I didn’t take a picture of that side!
I’m sure you could also change up the flavors a bit to suit your tastes. Imagine Nutella in place of the Peanut Butter?! Oh the possibilities are endless…