I am going to spend the summer playing blog catch-up. I started themondaybox.com seven months after I began sending Monday Boxes. That’s about 20 shipments of baked stuff. To be honest, not all of the recipes were received with enthusiasm. I sent some things that could be used as door stops by the time they arrived.However, as far as I know, only one cookie was deemed inedible. (It appears that my Monday Box Recipient can’t stand cardamom). I will use this summer to share the school year’s successful Monday Box recipes.
Some people eat granola bars because they think they are healthier than cookies. Some people eat granola bars because they taste like cookies. I suggest that you eat these granola bars just because they are delicious. Your Monday Box recipient will eat these because they actually improve in taste after sitting (or traveling) for a few days. They stay fresh for more than a week wrapped up on the counter and for several weeks when stored in the fridge.
This recipe surprised me. It is no-bake and I was doubtful that it would create the texture I was looking for. If you are looking for crispy, this is not it. If you are looking for a chewy bar with some crunchy ingredients then stop your search here.
I originally made these with almond butter and almonds because my son had informed me that he didn’t really like peanuts. He liked the almond granola bars enough that he commented on them. High praise from my non-commital sweets eater. Because this recipe got such praise in the almond version I really wanted to test out the taste and texture for myself, but I am very allergic to tree nuts. So I made a batch with peanuts and peanut butter for myself. My son (home from college for the summer) finished them.He says they are even better than the almond bars. This recipe is versitile. Throw in what you love. Leave out what you don’t.
- 2 cups quick cook oats
- 2 cups Rice Krispy cereal (or brown rice cereal)
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup Lyle’s Golden Syrup (or corn syrup or additional honey)
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup nut butter ( such as peanut butter, almond butter, etc.)
- ½ cup chopped nuts
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- Use butter or non-stick spray to coat a 9”x12” pan
- In a large mixing bowl, combine oats and rice cereal. Set aside.
- In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, add honey, syrup, and brown sugar. Stir constantly, until the sugar dissolves.
- Remove from heat and mix in nut butter.
- Immediately, pour the honey mixture over the dry ingredients. Stir to coat and combine.
- Add the nuts and chips and stir to distribute. The granola will be very stiff and hard to mix.
- Spread the granola into the prepared pan.
- VERY IMPORTANT: Place a sheet of wax paper or parchment paper over the pan and firmly press the granola into the pan. The mixture must be compressed or you will end up with granola snack mix and not granola bars.
- Allow the bars to cool and become firm for about 30 minutes. (15 minutes in the refrigerator).
- Use a sharp knife to cut into bars. Wrap each bar in plastic wrap.