Monday, November 15, 2010

Granola: Chocolate Chip, Coconut, and Peanut Bars

I made these last week and they are so good! Very easy and with ingredients I always have on hand. Perfect for treats to add to a sack lunch.

Prep: 10 minutes
Yield: 20 bars

2 1/2 cups crispy rice cereal
2 cups old fashioned oats
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt (optional)
1/4 cup packed coconut
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
1/4 cup peanuts

In a large bowl combine the rice cereal and oatmeal. Grease a 9x13 inch pan.

Mix brown sugar, honey and peanut butter in a small sauce pan. Stir over medium heat until just boiling. Add to cereal mixture along with vanilla extract, cinnamon, salt, peanuts, coconut, and chocolate chips.

Press into the prepared pan using a spatula. Set aside to cool, then cut into bars. (I put the pan in the freezer for about 20 minutes before cutting.) Bars can be individually wrapped and frozen, or store in an airtight container.

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