Friday, January 30, 2015

Flashback Friday: Granola Bars

Here's this week's Flashback Friday where I dig up an old post. If you haven't seen it before, then it's new to you! I searched far and wide for the best granola bar recipe with quality ingredients, and I believe I found it. I hope you enjoy my granola bar recipe!


Skill Level: Beginner
Skills Attained: --
Supplies/Ingredients:
  • 2 c. rolled oats (quick or old fashion)
  • 2 c. rice cereal
  • 2 c. of "add-ins" (i.e., nuts, chocolate chips, dried fruit, candy, etc.)
  • 1/2 c. peanut butter (not natural peanut butter; it won't melt properly)
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 8" x 8" pan
  • Cooking spray
  • large mixing bowl
  • Medium-size microwavable bowl
  • wooden spoon
I searched far and wide for a good granola bar recipe. Not to toot my own horn, but these are the best granola bars I've ever eaten! Let's be serious...are these really "granola bars" or just cookies? Whatever...I'm calling them granola bars because it makes me feel a little healthier. This is a fast, no bake granola bar recipe

In a large mixing bowl, mix the rolled oats, rice cereal, and "add-ins". Your add-ins can be anything you'd like: nuts, dried fruit, candy, chocolate chips, etc. You only need 2 cups total of the add-ins. In this batch, I am using raisins, chocolate chips and mixed nuts. I chopped the mixed nuts.


In a medium-size microwavable bowl, combine the peanut butter, brown sugar, and honey. Microwave on high for 2 minutes or until the peanut butter is melted. Add the vanilla and stir until mixed.





Pour the peanut butter mixture over the dry ingredients, and stir until all the dry ingredients are coated.


Dump the mixture into a greased 8" x 8" pan, and press firmly.



Let the bars set for an hour or so on the counter before cutting into bars. That's it!



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Recipe:
  1. Combine the oats, rice cereal, and add-ins in a large mixing bowl. 
  2. In a medium-size microwavable bowl, combine the peanut butter, brown sugar, and honey. Microwave on high for 2 minutes or until the peanut butter is melted. Add the vanilla and stir until mixed.
  3. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the dry ingredients, and stir until all the dry ingredients are coated.
  4. Dump the mixture into a greased 8" x 8" pan, and press firmly.
  5. Let the bars set for an hour or so on the counter before cutting into bars.
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