We love to eat granola bars for snacks, or take them in our lunches to work. I thought this recipe looked delicious and easy, so I thought I would give it a try. We all liked it, including my 2 year old. It had great peanut butter taste, and was super simple to make. I think next time I make them, I will add in some mini chocolate chips.
Chewy Peanut Butter Granola Bars
Source: slightly adapted from Mom On A Mission, originally from Kraft
2 cups quick oats
2 cups Rice Krispie cereal
3/4 cup natural creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Line an 8 by 8-inch baking dish with aluminum foil or parchment paper leaving a 2-inch overhang.
In a large microwave safe mixing bowl, combine peanut butter, honey, brown sugar and salt. Heat mixture on HIGH power for 1 minute, remove and stir. Return to microwave and heat on HIGH power 1 minute longer. Remove from microwave, pour in vanilla and whisk mixture for 30 seconds.
Add oats and Rice Krispies to peanut butter mixture and toss well to evenly coat.
Pour mixture into prepared baking dish, firmly press mixture into an even layer with the back of a measuring cup sprayed with cooking spray. Press hard to compact.
Cover with plastic wrap and freeze 10 – 15 minutes or chill in refrigerator 30 minutes. Lift bars from dish using foil or paper overhang and cut into bars or squares. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.