Granola Bars – No Baking Required

These bars don’t have granola in them per se but they do have granola ingredients so that’s what they’re called.  It’s a recipe that I’ve adapted from dash magazine which comes with our newspaper, periodically.  I guess you could say it’s a periodic periodical – ha!

They’re very good.  I made them last week and have had half a dozen people try them and give me feedback.  Everybody has asked for the recipe so here it is.

What you need:

2 cups flaked cereal (I used Special K with red berries)
2 cups quick-cooking oatmeal
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips    (I used dark chocolate chips)
1/2 cup coarsely chopped mixed nuts
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup corn syrup  (I used light)
1/2 cup plus 2 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter
2 Tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

What you do:
1) Coat a 9-inch square pan with cooking spray.
2) Mix the cereal, oats, raisins, chocolate chips, and nuts.
3) Mix the dark brown sugar and the corn syrup in a small saucepan over low heat until it comes to a boil.
4) Stir in the peanut butter, canola oil and vanilla.
5) Pour the peanut butter mixture over the cereal mixture and stir until well combined.  Scoop the mixture into the prepared pan and press down firmly and evenly.
6) Cool and cut into bars.

Makes 12 bars.

The original recipe called for chocolate covered raisins and peanuts but, as often happens in my house, I didn’t have either one.  So I used the golden raisins, chocolate chips and mixed nuts.  This is just another illustration of how you can adapt a recipe to suit yourself.  For example, if you like coconut (and I do) you could add coconut.  I love a recipe like that!

 Dash says you can freeze them for up to three months if you wrap them well.  Personally, I don’t think they’d last that long.