Homemade Granola Bars Recipe
|These could be the most amazing granola bars ever.|
So I set out on a mission this weekend to make my own granola bars. The first batch tasted like a dystopian nightmare meal slop of pasty un-cooked oats. As with many recipes that find their way to my blog (or book) it often takes many incarnations before I get it right. While I do research other recipes, especially famous ones, I generally tend to find my own direction when making things, and because of it, I'm often rewarded with a better product. Obviously though sometimes you end up with some quite inedible prototypes.
For instance, I wanted to use marshmallows to bind the granola instead of corn-syrup or maple syrup. Both seemed unacceptable to me.
Eventually I found the right combination for some amazing granola.
The great news is you can put almost anything you want in these: candy, nuts, coconut. I went with chopped up Snicker bars, and chocolate chips. I could have just as easily substituted both those with healthier options like nuts, or peanut butter chips. Either way, you're going to end up with a crunchy and chewy granola bar that's better than anything you can buy in the store.
1 bag of mini marshmallows
1/2 stick of unsalted butter
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon of vanilla
2 cups of puffed rice cereal
4 cups of raw oats
1 cup of chopped Snickers
1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350F
- Over medium heat in a large pot melt butter.
- Meanwhile... measure out rice and oats in one bowl and Snickers and chocolate chips.
- Add marshmallows to butter and melt. Continuously stir.
- Add honey, and stir in oats and rice.
- At the last minute add in Snickers and chocolate chips.
- Move to a wax paper lined 13x9 pan.
- With oiled fingers, compress mixture flat.
- Bake in oven for about 15 minutes.
- Chill for about two hours and then cut into Granola bars.