Tonight we have another quickie – it’s getting busy at work, and I haven’t had much time for anything else. I was scrolling through Pinterest (ok I said not *much* time – priorities!) and stumbled on these bars. They’re quick and looked good, so I figured I’d give them a spin.
I didn’t have quick oats, so my bars didn’t stick together super well – as I made them tonight, these wouldn’t travel, but I don’t care what shape they’re in before I eat them So if you don’t have quick oats and don’t need to take these on the go, use the old-fashioned variety like I did and enjoy.
These are so much better than the ones from the box, and a lot more economical. I like being able to control what goes in them, and I can’t wait to experiment with the varieties I can make.
Have you made granola bars before? What do you put in yours?
- ¼ cup butter
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 2 cups quick-cooking oats
- 1 cup crisp rice cereal
- ¼ cup light agave syrup
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ⅛ cup almond or peanut butter (optional)
- ¼ cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
- Grease a 12x8 pan or line with parchment. (You could also use an 8x8 - the bars will just be thicker.)
- In a large bowl, combine oats and rice and set aside.
- In a small pan over medium-high heat, combine brown sugar, butter and agave until mixture is bubbly.
- Turn down heat to just under medium, and continue to cook for 2 more minutes.
- Remove from heat, add vanilla and almond or peanut butter.
- Pour wet mixture over dry, and stir to combine well.
- Press mixture firmly into prepared pan, then sprinkle with chocolate chips and press into top lightly. Let cool, and cut into 10 bars.