Chewy Granola Bars

Matt was skipping out on breakfast to get 20 minutes of extra sleep in the morning, so I wanted to make him something he could grab on the way out the door. I’d bookmarked this recipe from Deb over at smitten kitchen a while back and thought I’d give it a try. Turns out I should’ve made them LONG ago; the whole pan was gone in 3 days! These are great because you can change what you put in every time, and adjust the recipe according to your tastes. I’ll make them again for next week and double the batch!

Chewy Granola Bars Recipe

Adapted from smitten kitchen

1 2/3 cups quick rolled oats
1/2 to 3/4 cup granulated sugar (depending on how sweet you want them)
1/3 cup oat flour (make by blending oats in your food processor or blender until flour-like)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup Craisins
1/3 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 cup honey
1 Tablespoon light corn syrup

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8″ x 8″ or 9″ x 9″ pan with parchment paper, allowing it to go up the sides of the pan. Lightly spray the parchment paper with Pam.

Stir together all the dry ingredients, including the chocolate chips, coconut, and Craisins. In a separate bowl, stir together the vanilla, melted butter, honey, and corn syrup. Add the wet ingredients to the dry along with the peanut butter, and stir until the mixture is evenly coated. Pour into the prepared pan, pressing down firmly with your spoon or spatula to flatten out.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until they’re golden brown around the edges. They will still be a little soft, but will set completely after cooling completely on a rack. Once cool, use a serrated knife or dough scraper to cut the bars into squares & enjoy!

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