I remember when my mom stayed home from work and she would bake my brother and I an afterschool snack. When you opened the door, you knew right away it was chocolate chip cookies. Those were fond memories. Now I have the pleasure of creating memories for my kids with an afterschool snack. Sometimes, I’ll bake cinnamon rolls , brownies or cookies, but today I decided to whip up a batch of chewy granola bars.
I love to make things from scratch because it’s so much healthier and I’m able to control the ingredients. I can use organic or all natural ingredients to make it even healthier, but much lower in cost.
These granola bars are super easy with just a few pantry staples. It almost reminds me of the Cascadian Farms chocolate chip granola bars. I substituted the mini chocolate chips for the raisins because my kids aren’t a huge fan of them. However, you must press these on top of the bars once they are pressed into the pan, otherwise, they melt inside.
Chewy Granola Bars
2 cups rice cereal
2 cups dry oatmeal
1/2 cup raisins or other dried fruit -
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
In a large bowl, combine cereal, oats and raisins or chips. In a small pan, mix brown sugar and corn syrup. Heat and stir until boiling. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla. Pour over cereal mixture and mix well. Press firmly into a 9×13 pan sprayed with cooking spray. Press 1/2 cup chocolate chips on top if desired. Cool and cut into 15 bars. You can freeze these bars individually and thaw on the day you want to eat. Otherwise, store in an airtight container.
What was your favorite after school snack as a kid?