I know this won’t shock any of you, but I found this recipe on Pinterest. In my quest to not buy processed foods/snacks I thought I’d try making my own granola bars. I’m not a big breakfast person, it takes me awhile to really “wake up”. Usually about 10:30am I’m thinking I want something small to eat while I drink my coffee.
This recipe called for 4 cups of “quick oats” NOT “rolled oats”. Ok, seriously, #1 – what’s the difference . . . I thought oatmeal was oatmeal . . . #2 – I only had 2 cups of oats. The label on my container said “Old Fashioned Oats” but under the “ingredients” it did say rolled oats, bummer. So in my determination to make these things I Googled what was the difference between the two. What I took away from the definition was that the quick oats were smaller & absorbed better sooooo, I thought to myself – I’ll just make them smaller so I chopped them up – totally made sense to me. The problem was I still only had 2 cups. Long story shorter . . . I made them anyway. They are delicious!!!! I’m going to buy a new container of “quick oats” and make this recipe again. Very tasty!!! Here ya’ go . . . . (I only had creamy peanut butter & I added chopped almonds)
INGREDIENTS1/2 cup honey 1/3 cup packed brown sugar 1/4 cup peanut butter (crunchy) 1/4 cup unsalted butter 4 cup Quick Oats (not rolled oats) 2 cups crispy rice cereal 3 teaspoons vanilla *Makes 28 bars DIRECTIONS
In a large bowl, stir crispy rice cereal, quick oats together. In a medium saucepan, combine honey, butter, and brown sugar. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat then bring the temperature down to low, and simmer till sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Pour in vanilla and stir. Pour hot butter/sugar mixture over dry ingredients. Stir until all ingredients are moistened. Press into a parchment-lined jelly roll pan.
Press the granola bar mixture as closely and as tightly together as you can into the pan at about 1/2-3/4 inch thickness. Any thinner, and the bars will not hold together. Cool on the counter till they reach room temperature. Cut into bars. Wrap in plastic or store in a ziplock bag.
Here’s the link to the original recipe: http://alturl.com/tf668