Granola bars on brown plate

Chewy Crunchy Granola Bars

Adapted from SimpleOrganizedLiving.com
Makes 16 bars
Author Wendy Sondov themondaybox.com

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. Use butter or non-stick spray to coat a 9”x12” pan
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats and rice cereal. Set aside.
  3. In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, add honey, syrup, and brown sugar. Stir constantly, until the sugar dissolves.
  4. Remove from heat and mix in nut butter.
  5. Immediately, pour the honey mixture over the dry ingredients. Stir to coat and combine.
  6. Add the nuts and chips and stir to distribute. The granola will be very stiff and hard to mix.
  7. Spread the granola into the prepared pan.
  8. 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.
  9. Allow the bars to cool and become firm for about 30 minutes. (15 minutes in the refrigerator).
  10. Use a sharp knife to cut into bars. Wrap each bar in plastic wrap.

Packing Tips

Store the individually wrapped bars in an air-tight container for 1-2 weeks. For longer storage refrigerate. For mailing, place individually wrapped bars in a large zip lock bag. If mailing during warm weather, avoid chocolate chips.