Thursday, February 17, 2011

Homemade Chewy Bars

Homemade Chewy Bars


1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup honey
4 cups old fashioned oats (or 2 cups old fashioned and 2 cups quick cooking)
1 cup rice krispies cereal
1 cup dried fruit and/or chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts

Melt butter, brown sugar and honey in a pot over medium heat.

Bring to boil and turn off the heat.
In the meantime, mix together oatmeal, rice krispies, dried fruit, nuts and coconut. (If you are using the chocolate chips, wait to press them in later on so they don't melt.) 

Pour boiling mixture over the oatmeal mixture

and stir well, coating everything.
Spray a piece of parchment with nonstick cooking spray and place into a 13x9 pan.  Pour mixture into the pan
and (add chocolate chips at this point)
press down firmly using the parchment.  Place in the fridge for 15-30 minutes.

Remove and cut into 16 equal pieces.  Store in an airtight container.
You can keep these on the counter to keep them softer, or you can put them in the fridge for a harder bar.

Thing One just wanted to pick the chocolate chips out, and wouldn't eat the "bar" part.

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