No Bake Granola Bars
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup peanut butter (crunchy)
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 4 cups Quick Oats (not rolled oats)
- 2 cups crispy rice cereal
- 3 teaspoons vanilla
Adapted from penniesandpancakes.blogspot.com
In a large bowl, stir crispy rice cereal, quick oats together.
In a medium saucepan, combine honey, butter, peanut butter, and brown sugar. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat then bring the temperature down to low, and simmer till sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Pour in vanilla and stir.
Pour the hot mixture over dry ingredients. Stir until all ingredients are moistened. Press into a parchment-lined jelly roll pan. (OR a 13 x9 actually works PERFECTLY, and you don't have to press the mixture into side.)
Pack the granola bar mixture as closely and as tightly together as you possibly can into one end of the pan at about 1/2-3/4 inch thickness. Any thinner, and the bars will not hold together. Let cool on the counter till they reach room temperature.
Cut into bars (I did 4 X 7). Wrap in plastic or store in a ziplock bag.
*You may add chocolate chips, dried fruit, nuts, coconut, etc. if desired. If adding chocolate chip, press them into the top of the bars after you've packed the very warm granola mixture into the pan. Otherwise, you'll end up with a melted chocolate-swirled mess.
**My family loves this recipe as is, but if you find they don't hold their form as well as you'd like, you can store them in the refrigerator.