Tuesday, July 17, 2012

[Recipe Share] Homemade Granola Bars

Once again I've been 'pinspired'...  After talking with the Husband on how I'd really like to start getting better at meal planning and having our shopping trips reflect that, instead of spending $125 or random things where some items end up going bad and we still miss some items to bring home, I was browsing my pinterest food boards for inspiration.

I also decided I'd like to try a new recipe every week.  Doesn't have to be dinner, but something for me to do and look forward to doing.  If it's a hit, I'll add it in to my rotation, if not, no biggie.






Anyway while looking for some dinner ideas, a pin for No-Bake Granola Bars caught my eye.  I went to the source page to check out the ingredients and like my twine wrapped vase, I had everything I needed on hand! 

Now I should probably note, I have a granola bar problem.  It's not as bad as my Oreo addiction, but whenever I'm feeling hungry my answer is to grab a granola bar.  Quaker Chewy, Hidden Valley, Luna or Clif Bars - I don't discriminate.  Though, I prefer the Quaker Chewys since they are low calorie (80-100 each) and are delicious... even if they are heavily processed and completely not organic (can't win every time!)

I used the recipe found here and added some marshmallows since I love the S'mores Quaker bars.


No-Bake Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
adapted from Rachael Ray

Ingredients:
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups quick cooking oats {not rolled oats!}
1 cup crispy rice cereal
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 handfuls chocolate chips
2 handfuls marshmallows

Directions:
In a large bowl, stir oats and rice cereal together. Set aside. In a small pot, melt butter, honey and brown sugar together over medium high heat until it comes to a bubble. Reduce the heat and cook 2 minutes. Pour in vanilla and stir. Pour over dry ingredients and mix well to moisten all ingredients. Pour into lightly greased pan (I used a small pyrex) and press out to be about 3/4 inch in thickness. {If your pan isn’t small enough, pack the mixture into one side. You really want to press them down so they stick together.} Sprinkle with chocolate chips and marshmallows and press down lightly. Cool on a countertop to room temperature for two hours or until the chocolate chips are set before cutting into bars. Wrap in parchment or plastic wrap and store at room temperature.


I think next time I will cut back on the honey, and maybe it's due to our current heat wave and crazy intense humidity here on the East Coast, but my bars start to "melt" (soften and get gooey) when left out.  I wrapped them individually in wax paper and have been keeping them in the fridge.  They are perfect and not too hard. 



So much cheaper and taste just as good.  I think I'll be making these often to keep on hand!  Do you make any homemade snacks?  Share your secrets below!




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3 comments:

  1. omg, that look so good. i'm a granola bar addict! i can eat them for days.

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  2. They look delish! I'll have to give it a try.

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  3. Looks delicious! And good for you for having a goal with recipes. I'm lucky in that my husband (vegan) cooks for us. But I would love to get into (or rather, find the time for?) baking eventually. I just haven't managed to fit that in as a priority!

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