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.

Ingredients:

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

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Over medium heat in a large pot melt butter.
  3. Meanwhile...  measure out rice and oats in one bowl and Snickers and chocolate chips.
  4. Add marshmallows to butter and melt. Continuously stir.
  5. Add honey, and stir in oats and rice.
  6. At the last minute add in Snickers and chocolate chips.
  7. Move to a wax paper lined 13x9 pan.
  8. With oiled fingers, compress mixture flat.
  9. Bake in oven for about 15 minutes.
  10. Chill for about two hours and then cut into Granola bars.



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