Thursday, February 23, 2012

Granola Bars

Because I was trying to make these as nutritional as possible, we'll probably have to sell our house to pay for them. They cost a small fortune, but are really, really good!

2-1/2 cups crispy rice cereal*
2 cups old fashion oats
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 honey
1/2 cup peanut butter*
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt*
1/4 cup packed coconut
1/4 cup mini chocolate morsels
1/4 cup peanuts (or other nut of your choice)

In a large bowl, combine the cereal and oats. Grease or line a 9x13" pan.* Mix brown sugar, honey and peanut butter in a small sauce pan. Stir over medium heat until just boiling. Add to cereal mixture along with vanilla extract, cinnamon, salt, coconut, chocolate chips, and nuts. Press into the prepared pan using a spatula, spoon, or your hands. Set aside to cool, then cut into bars. 

Notes*: To make them more nutritional, I used organic cereal, organic peanut butter, and sea salt. The oats were from the LDS Church cannery, so I figured they're as pure and clean as they're going to get! I crushed up the chocolate and nuts to make them a little more fine. Line pan with Saran Wrap for easier clean up. Also, the organic peanut butter needs to be refrigerated, so if you use that, you'll want to keep the bars in the fridge also. As you can see, I put them in little snack bags rather than wrap them in Saran Wrap. They're kind of sticky, so you won't want to stack them together.

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