Friday, February 8, 2013
Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars
-2 1/2 cups puffed grains - I usually use a brown rice version of Rice Krispies. Regular Rice Krispies would work great too. This time I used Kashi 7 Whole Grain Puffs and it turned out really well!
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup flax meal or flax seeds
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
First mix together the puffs, oatmeal, flax, and chocolate chips. Set aside.
Next in a small saucepan combine the brown sugar and honey and put over medium heat. Once the brown sugar has completely melted and is incorporated into the honey, stir in the vanilla and peanut butter until smooth.
Next pour the peanut butter mixture over the puffs mixture. The heat will melt the chocolate. Mix well until the puffs and oatmeal are completely coated. *Note: For dots of chocolate chips rather than melted chocolate throughout, add the chocolate after the peanut butter mixture and stir as few times as possible, while still getting everything mixed.
Next press the mixture into a greased dish. Use a sheet of waxed paper over the top and smush it down with your hands.
Let cool and then cut into squares or bars.
They are delicious as granola bars, but one of my favorite things to do is break them up into a bowl, pour milk over it, and eat as a cereal! So yummy!