If you can’t tell, I’m a
little extremely obsessed with granola and its various forms… Granola bars, granola chunks, alright-I though I could come up with a lot more forms of granol when I first started writing… but uh-I’ve got nothing.
However, that does not diminish that amount of love I have for granola bars and just plan ole granola people! I LOVE it! …does the bolding of the word love make it more convincing?
Right beside granola in my heart, is (as we all know) peanut butter! Well…actually ice cream may be right in between them-but they’re pretty close in proximity!
New flavors and combinations that I can throw in a granola bar are constantly going through my brain…. it’s a curse really-I should
probably maybe definitely be using my time so oh…I don’t know… study for my next Chemistry 109 exam… but what fun is that?!
The newest edition to the granola bar family in my cookbook is Peanut Butter + Honey. Not a new combo by any means-but certainly a delicious classic!
These bars are sweet and crunchy with just a small hint of salt from the peanut butter that leaves you craving more…
3/4 cup puffed rice (if you don’t have this, feel free to use more oats or cereal)
2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
2 TBSP. nuts (any kind-I used cashews but whatever you want!)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Mix together all dry ingredients & grease a small cake pan (say 8×10 or something around there-doesn’t really matter, however thick you want them)
2. Heat honey and peanut butter on the stove (or in microwave if you must… 🙂
3. Bring to a very low boil and immediately remove from heat
4. Stir in vanilla extract
5. Add heated honey/peanut butter mixture to dry ingredients and mix well
6. Place a piece of wax paper/parchment paper over the granola bars in your pan and press down very hard! *
7. Place in frig for a few hours
8. Cut into desired sizes – I made 12 good sized bars
9. Wrap in plastic wrap, or just eat!
~Bars will stay good for about a week – or you can keep them in the freezer and take out when ready to enjoy. (they will thaw in about 1/2 hour)
*To really make these bars stick together I highly highly recommend
jumping stepping on top of your pan to really press the mixture together – you could also get a small child to help you out with this!
Time to make more!
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