Chewy Chocolate Granola Bars

I have been trying to get my family away from as many processed foods as possible.  It is a slow process, but we are working on it.  One of the changes that I did make was the “bars” we were eating. After buying 4 boxes per trip, at about $3 a box, just to have them gone in a week, and then reading those ingredients, something had to give.  I found a recipe for granola bars online, after 3 failed attempts (because they wouldn’t stay together once cut) I made adjustments and it finally worked!

These have become a favorite in my house, and I make them pretty regularly.

Ingredients:

2 cups oats (quick cook)

2 cups rice cereal (like rice )

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 tsp vanilla

Chocolate chips

Extra add-ins (optional):  nuts, seeds, raisins, cranberries, etc

In small saucepan, mix honey and brown sugar stirring until sugar has dissolved.  Remove from heat, immediately add in peanut butter.  In a large bowl combine the oats and cereal, then fold in peanut butter mixture.  Toss in your chocolate chips.

The amount of chocolate chips is really up to you.  I prefer mini chips, and I typically use about 1/2 cup.  You may want more or less depending on how sweet and “desserty” you want them.  Toss in any other add ins.

Mix well, then press into your slightly greased 9×13 dish.  Pressing the top to make it as even as possible.  I also added a few chocolate chips to the top, and pressed them in with my hands.

refrigerate until firm, then slice up to preferred size, and store in snack baggies.

I like to keep them in the fridge until I am ready to take them or eat them.  They hold up better with the chocolate cold.

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