Friday, January 6, 2012

Chewy Cherry Granola Bars




I am on a mission to find a recipe for a granola bar that doesn't fall apart when you try to eat it! So far I have not succeeded. Today I revised my granola bar recipe and tried again. I am happy to report that the new recipe worked. My granola bars didn't crumble this time. Yeah for marshmallows!


Chewy Cherry Granola Bars

Ingredients:

1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Butter
1 Cup Peanut Butter
3/4 Cup Honey
1 Cup Small Marshmallows
2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1 Teaspoon Almond Extract

3 Cups Oats
3 Cups Rice Krispies
3 Cups Honey Bunches of Oats (I use the Target brand and it works great.)

1/2 Cup Coconut
1/2 Cup Sliced Almonds
1 1/2 Cup Dried Cherries


Mix brown sugar, butter, peanut butter, honey and marshmallows in a small sauce pan. Heat on medium until melted and mixed thoroughly. Take off heat and add vanilla and almond extract. Whisk until smooth.

In a large bowl mix oats, rice cereal, and honey & oat cereal. Add coconut, almonds and cherries. Mix thoroughly. Pour mixture in sauce pan over dry ingredients and mix well.

Line a 15" x 10" cookie sheet with foil.

Press the mixture into 13 x 9 inch greased pan and bake at 350° for approximately 15-20 minutes, or just until they lightly browned around the edges. Allow to cool and then cut into serving sizes.

I store my granola bars in snack size baggies and then place them in the freezer so they will last longer. Makes it easier to make lunches when they are already in bags.


Enjoy!

Carolina Belle