Friday, March 12, 2010
My kids love these homemade granola bars. I like that they are made with ingredients I can see and choose. However these are very sweet and I wish they weren't so much. I've tried leaving out some sugar but they don't hold up as well. My littlest loves them with mini-m&m's, this time I didn't have any. I used chocolate chips and chopped peanuts and substituted a bit of oatmeal with rice krispies. If you like raisins or crazins or other dried fruit that would work as well, perhaps with a bit of cinnamon. The recipe for these is also in my neighborhood cookbook.
2/3 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup corn syrup
1 cup brown sugar
1 teas. vanilla
4 cups quick oats
Preheat oven to 350deg. Melt butter and stir in peanut butter. Add corn syrup, brown sugar and vanilla. Mix in oats a bit at a time. Then add other ingredients, m&m's, choc chips etc.
Press in 9x13 pan and bake 14-16 minutes.
I find it easier to line the pan with foil or the like to remove the whole batch from the pan and cut.