As in a family with a small child, Finding tasty but healthy snacks can be tough to find a common ground where both the parents and kid is happy. Granola bars a a popular choice with the ease of serving, somewhat healthy and they love them. In these homemade granola bars, the flavors are endless and they are delicious period. My favorite combination is mixing in coconut, mini chocolate chips and M&M's. The bars are made with in minutes and are very easy to make. They travel very well and will energize you when you need a little something to get through the day. After making these, you will never go back to the store bought granola bars.
Preheat the oven to 350°F degrees. Line a 9-inch square baking dish with parchment or foil and lightly spray with cooking spray. Place the oats on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes until lightly toasted. Place oats in a large bowl with rice cereal.
In a saucepan, add the honey, butter, and brown sugar. Cook over medium heat until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally. When the butter mixture is ready, remove it from the heat and stir in the vanilla and salt.
Pour this mixture over the oat and rice cereal mixture and stir to combine. Add any non-chocolate extra mix in ingredients and stir to combine. Make sure all of the oats are coated. If adding chocolate mix in, wait for about 15 minutes for the mixture to cool a bit before adding the chocolate and then stirring to combine.
Place all of the oat mixture in the prepared pan. Use a rubber spatula or the bottom of a greased measuring cup to press the mixture into the pan.
Chill the granola bars for at least 1-2 hours. Lift the bars from the pan using the edges of the foil or parchment and place them on a cutting board. Square off the edges and cut into desired shape/sizes and serve.
Hey everyone, I am Dan and Live in Minnesota. I am here to show you the wonderful world of cooking and baking. As being a young boy in the kitchen to being a chef for over 10 years, I will show you the great recipes I have used over the years and what I do next. Please stick around and Enjoy!!