Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

I have tried several granola bar recipes lately, and they've all been good, but I just found they needed a little something more. I found this one today from chewoutloud and they were a huge hit at my house! I love the hint of cinnamon in this recipe, and they are so easy to throw together. Just keep in mind to press them FIRMLY into the pan so they stay nice and chewy instead of crumbly. 



2 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup crispy rice cereal
1/4 cup coconut sugar, or brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
4 tablespoons coconut oil, or salted butter
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 
chocolate chips, to taste


Butter an 8 x 8 baking pan and set aside. In a large bowl, combine oats and rice cereal. In a saucepan, melt the coconut sugar, honey, and coconut oil over medium heat, stirring until it reaches a low boil. Reduce heat and boil another 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the cinnamon and vanilla extract until fully incorporated. 

Carefully pour honey mixture, over top of cereal mixture. Stir well. Press granola mixture into the buttered pan and sprinkle chocolate chips on top. Using the back of a spoon, or slightly wet hands, press the chocolate chips into the mixture. Place in fridge and wait until fully cooled before cutting into bars. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!

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