Home Made Granola Bars

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granolaI 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)

INGREDIENTS

1/2 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

 

About countrygirlbling

I am a 55 years young, divorced (many years) mom of 2 great kids. My son is 28 years old & my daughter is 24. They are both out on their own forging through life as successful, functioning adults . . . a mother's dream! I hope that my blog and my experiences will encourage you & give you hope. Our journey through life can be unpredictable at times but KNOW that if you are a believer in Christ, HE will always have your best interest at heart! (Even when things don't make sense!) Toodles

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