Monday, January 13, 2014

Chewy Granola Bars

Chewy  Granola Bars
yield: 20 bars

This is a variation of the chewy granola bars recipe I have made many times.  The kids adore this recipe with the dried fruit.   

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
4 cups quick cooking oats
2 cup crispy rice cereal
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup dried fruit (raisins, craisins, etc.)

In a large bowl, stir oats, rice cereal and dried fruit together. Set aside. In a medium pot, melt butter, honey (or maple syrup) and brown sugar together over medium high heat until it comes to a boil. Reduce the heat and cook 2 minutes.  Pour over dry ingredients and mix well to moisten all ingredients. Pour into lightly greased quarter sheet pan (12"x9"x1").  Press out the granola mixture evenly in the pan, making sure to pack them down so they stick together.  Cool on the counter top to room temperature for at least two hours until set before cutting into bars. You can speed up the process by putting them in the refrigerator.  Cut into bars and wrap in parchment or plastic wrap.
 This recipe is very easily doubled for a larger batch, just use a half sheet pan (12"x18"x1").

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