I was in the grocery store and wanted some granola bars as a snack. I picked up a box, looked at the price for the amount, and thought…. ” Maybe I can make them for less”. The box had 10 granola bars for 2 dollars.
So, I found a recipe online and tweaked it a bit. I made a large pan of very thick chewy granola bars with the hint of peanut butter. I love the fact I can pronounce all the ingredients that are in these bars. I don’t know how many times I have looked at the back of a box and thought what is that I know its some sort of phosphate compound. Baking from scratch makes it possible to know or change what you put in a dish which I enjoy.
You really have to gauge dry and wet ingredients since I didn’t measure the added/extra honey. I put half of the bars in the freezer for the next week.
I am looking forward to trying many variations of granola bars with fruit, nuts, yogurt and more :).
Things I added to the recipe: 1 cup of rice crispy cereal, more honey and a 1/2 cup of peanut butter. Only 1 Cup of chocolate chips, and 1 cup of roasted peanuts.
Chewy Granola Bars
- 4 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 cups miniature semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease one 9×13 inch pan.
- In a large mixing bowl combine the oats, flour, baking soda, vanilla, butter or margarine, honey and brown sugar. Stir in the 2 cups assorted chocolate chips, raisins, nuts etc.
- Lightly press mixture into the prepared pan. Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for 10 minutes then cut into bars. Let bars cool completely in pan before removing or serving.