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Thursday, August 30, 2012

{pin-tastic!} easy granola squares

School is now in session!  I really want to thank you all for your kind comments, understanding, and support for my little "sabbatical" the last couple of weeks.  I know I have the best readers anywhere around, and I really consider you my friends.  Thank you, thank you!

I don't know about your kids, but mine always think they should have a "treat" in their lunch.  I'm all about a little something sweet, but I don't really want to pack cookies for them each day.  When I came across a recipe on pinterest for No-Bake Chocolate Chip Granola Bars that were supposed to be easy and healthy, I decided to give them a try.  If you are a fellow pinner, you've probably tried things that you've loved, and others that have totally failed.  Well, I'm giving this one my "pin-tastic" stamp of approval, because we all loved them, and they were perfect for tucking into lunches and for snacking on at home.  They're also great for an on-the-go breakfast!

They are SUPER easy and fast to make--we're talking five minutes, people!  This recipe only makes about 10 bars, so I would definitely double or tripe the recipe, at least.  The original recipe called for cutting them into bars, but I cut them into squares. I also used big chocolate chips, instead of mini ones.  This can serve as a base recipe, and you can add anything you want!  Raisins, coconut, peanut butter/white/butterscotch chips, nuts...the sky is the limit.

{Easy Granola Squares}

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups quick cooking oats {not old-fashioned!}
1 cup crispy rice cereal
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup 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. The original recipe calls for pouring into lightly greased small jelly roll pan and pressing out to be about 3/4 inch in thickness. If your pan isn't small enough, push them to one side and pack down--so you can cut them into bars. Instead of a jelly roll pan, I used a 9x13 pan, which was perfect for cutting into squares.  Either way will work!  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. Wrap in parchment or plastic wrap and store at room temperature. 


Blogger Brooke Waite said...

These looks SO delicious!!! Great alternative to cookies in my kids school lunches :) Thanks for sharing.....I am pinning this!
Brooke @ Design Stash

August 30, 2012 at 3:28 PM  
Blogger Kathy Kreger said...

These do sound delicious and seem very easy, but I'm not sure you can really call them nutritious. With only 7 ingredients and four of those 7 being butter, honey, brown sugar, and chocolate chips, you really only have the oats that are healthy. These sound more like a "special treat", than a cookie substitute. This is not a criticism, just a reality check. ;)

August 30, 2012 at 6:36 PM  
Blogger Sherron said...

I am going to try this with 1/2 the butter and put in peanut butter.

August 30, 2012 at 11:46 PM  
Blogger Ginger said...

Yum! :)

August 31, 2012 at 2:21 AM  
Blogger Mary Dunderdale said...

I tried it but they just fell apart, they did not stick together at all! what am i doing wrong? :)

August 31, 2012 at 1:56 PM  
Blogger lindsy said...

Just tried these and have to agree they were really yummy. I used Sherron's suggestion and put 1/2 the butter plus a couple Tbls. of peanut butter. And I added a handful of coconut. Yum. Thanks for the recipe!

August 31, 2012 at 6:09 PM  

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