No-Bake Rice Krispie Peanut Butter Granola Bars

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These are perfect granola bars!  What is really great is they are not rock hard or break-your-teeth hard the next day!  I adapted a recipe and added more healthy ingredients such as wheat germ, and threw in some dried cranberries for flavor and color.  My son gobbled one granola bar up and wanted more!  The only downside is they are a little crumbly but that just tells me they are homemade, and that’s great!  I went light on the brown sugar and it was just fine.  YUM!  

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 cups Rice Krispies (for a firmer bar increase up to 2 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • OPTIONAL: I added 1/2 cup wheat germ (Refrigerate unused wheat germ.)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup dark corn syrup or 1/2 cup light corn syrup or 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat peanut butter (or can use regular peanut butter)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup dark raisin (or can use either 1/2 cup chopped nuts or 1/2 cup seeds or 1/2 cup coconut)
  • OPTIONAL: I added about 1/4 cup dried cranberries with the raisins. 
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chip (to prevent melting refrigerate or freeze the chocolate chips before mixing in)

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Lightly grease 11 x 7-inch, can use a 13 x 9-inch baking dish but you will have a thinner bar.
  2. In a large bowl combine Rice Krispies cereal, wheat germ (if using), oats, and raisins (and dried cranberries, if using).
  3. In a saucepan stir the corn syrup or honey and brown sugar until just at a boil.
  4. Immediately remove from heat and stir in the peanut butter and vanilla until well combined.
  5. Pour over the dry ingredients in the bowl; mix to combine.
  6. Mix in mini chocolate chips (if using) work fast the mixture hardens quickly.
  7. Transfer the mixture into prepared baking dish, then using slightly wet hands push evenly down into the pan.
  8. While the mixture is still soft, for easier slicing take a sharp knife and slice into desired size bars.
  9. Chill in fridge until firm.

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