My kids adore granola bars. And not just the ones dipped in chocolate. So when Food Network Magazine included a recipe for granola bars in their 50 Snacks booklet a while back, I thought I’d give it a shot and twist the recipe to suit my family’s tastes. And what do you know–they were a big success, I even passed out the extras to the kids’ preschool teachers and they devoured them too. If you like a salty and sweet combo, check out the Cranberry Peanut Granola Bars too.
1/3 cup Karo syrup
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon mini-chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla
1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees and line a 9 x 9 inch baking pan with parchment paper. Let the paper hang over the edge of the pan so you can take it out easily.
2. Pour 1/3 cup each Karo syrup, brown sugar, and peanut butter into a microwave safe bowl.
3. Melt the mixture in the microwave for 1 minute.
4. Once melted, stir it all together and add the vanilla, peanuts, oats, Rice Krispies and 1/3 cup of the chocolate chips.
5. Spread this thick mixture in a 9×9 inch baking pan lined with parchment paper.
6. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips on top of the granola bars.
7. Bake at 300 * for 30 minutes.
6. Take the pan out of the oven, and pull the bars out as one big square using the parchment. Let them cool 30 minutes on a cooling rack before cutting.
Makes 18 snack bars. You could also crush this up for cereal or as an ice cream, yogurt or fresh fruit topping. Yum!