Thursday, July 25, 2013

What we got cookin'

There just never are enough hours during the week so I’ve recently decided to do more weekend cooking in preparation for our upcoming weekday meals. Last weekend I made hummus for weekday snacks and these delicious granola bars for our grab & go breakfasts. We rated them a 10 for sure! Easy, quick, cheap and healthier than brand name bars. I’ll be making them again this weekend! You should too :) 

No Bake Chewy Granola Bars
First Featured on Lauren’s Latest
- Be sure to click through for Lauren's awesome detailed photos!

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes of work & 2 hours cooling
My Batch yielded about 12 bars but it just depends how thick you make yours.

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

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.

Transfer mixture to a pan covered with a large sheet of wax paper.
Press the mixture to desired thickness.
*I actually folded my mixture up in the wax paper so I was able to really press down without making a mess.
Once they are really sticking together, sprinkle with mini chocolate chips 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.
Store in zip lock or your favorite storage container at room temperature for the week.

Make it your own!
Add peanut butter, peanut butter chips, M&Ms, coconut, cinnamon, raisons, dried cherries…there are so many easy modifications! Thanks, Laura!

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