Today we are going to talk about.. granola bars! That yummy chewy, crunchy bar that cost a bomb here in Malaysia! Where I work, a bar cost up to RM5! That is super expensive for something that’ll be gone in 3-4 bites. I got a craving for it the other day. I have no idea why, but I just started pinterest’ing recipes for granola bar. There’s a lot of recipes on pinterest, I tell you. Too many to choose from, actually. But this particular granola bar recipe from Money Saving Mom really caught my eye.
If you are like me then you have to go out and buy most of the ingredients because I don’t believe a typical Malaysian household would have them in our kitchens. It’s not like making sambal where we pretty much have everything in the fridge or pantry. I must admit that the total amount for all ingredients were high, but since the batch made a whole lot of bars for me, plus the knowledge that this is probably a one-off event, I thought “why not”.
The recipe is easy to follow and yielded 35 skinny granola bars that actually looked and tasted like store bought ones!
Am definitely not doubting the recipe, rather I doubted my ability to create them. My history tells a story of confirmed first time fails for everything. I do a lot better during 2nd attempts.. I guess my failure sets me up for subsequent success.
But all in all I enjoyed making it and plus if you have kids with a penchant for sweet things, then might as well make the treats healthier. These bars freeze really well so following the original poster’s advise, I put them in baggies and into the freezer. They are still really yummy to this day (two weeks later).
Oh, one very crucial tip, PLEASE wait for the mixture to cool completely before mixing in the chocolate chips. I tested the surface but not the middle of the mixture, and thinking they were cooled I dump the whole bag of chocolate chips in. Suffice to say my granola bars turned brown and much too sweet for my liking. So, yeah, be aware of the temperature, please.
If you are lazy to click on the link don’t worry, I got it here. Have fun trying!
Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars
Makes 24 bars (9″x13″ pan)
Mine makes 35 because I cut them up skinny, just nice for little toddler hands
2 ½ cups Rice Krispies (if you want to make these healthier, you can use plain puffed rice cereal)
1 ¾ cups quick oats (regular rolled oats work too)
¼ cup wheat germ (or ground flax seed, wheat bran, or additional oats)
½ cup additional mix-in ingredients, optional (i.e. shredded coconut, chopped nuts, raisins or other dried fruit, sesame or sunflower seeds, etc.)
½ cup honey
½ cup brown sugar (or sucanat)
¼ teaspoon salt
2/3 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup chocolate chips
Combine first 4 dry ingredients in a bowl.
In a saucepan, mix the honey, brown sugar and salt. Over medium-low heat, stir until the mixture comes to a complete boil for 30-60 seconds.
Remove from heat and stir in the peanut butter and vanilla until smooth.
Pour over the dry ingredients and mix well.
Let cool for 5-10 minutes before mixing in the chocolate chips.
Press into a greased 9×13 pan and let cool before cutting into bars.