Monday, July 25, 2011

Home made Granola Bars

I love granola bars, they are one of my favorite snacks. I like making them too, because I get to use leftover items in my pantry. (For example: the almost gone dried cranberries, the remaining cup of chocolate chips or the left over Rice Krispies.) One of my friends has a great saying, it's the "back of the refrigerator special". Well this is similar, but the "back of the pantry special".


Base: this is what you need to have it stick together
3 teaspoon of cooking oil
2 cups of marshmallows (the small ones will melt quicker)
½ cup of peanut butter (chucky or smooth)
3 cups of oats

Ideas for Bars:
1/3 cup of Chocolate chips
1/3 cup of dried cranberries
1/3 cup of raisins
1/3 cup of Peanuts, cashews or almonds 
1/3 cup of Rice Krispies  

Preheat oven to 350°. Have a cookie sheet, with aluminum foil, sprayed with cooking spray ready to go. First, heat the oil in a medium sized pan over medium heat. Add the peanut butter and the marshmallows. Once the mixture has melted, slowly start adding the oats. 
Once all the oats have been added, you can pour in the nuts and berries (do not add the chocolate chips yet). After everything is combined (minus the chocolate chips), remove from heat & pour mixture onto cookie sheet. Smooth the mixture out across the cookie sheet to about 1/4"-3/8" thick (I use the back of a greased wooden spoon). Now sprinkle on the chocolate chips & "push" then down into the mixture a little with the spoon. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove & cool for 10 minutes, then make some space in the frig, put down a few pot-holders & finish cooling in the frig for 1-2 hours. If you used a Stone cookie sheet just slide the granola & foil off onto the pot-holders. Remove from frig, break granola into bite sized chucks. Store in closed container or Zip-lock bags. Enjoy!

Some of the ingredients from the "Back of the Pantry"

Don't forget the cooking spray. This stuff WILL stick!

Make sure your Mallows are melting & not cooking.

The mix starts to get thick when adding the oats.

I use a greased wooden spoon to flatten/spread the mixture to about 1/4"-3/8" thick.

We like to store them in bags so you can "grab-n-go".

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