One of the aspects I miss most about “the good old days” of blogging is the camaraderie amongst the members of the baking groups I previously belonged to.
Although I never got to meet any of them face to face, we all knew each others names, what was happening in our lives, and shared good news as well as bad. And, even though I shut down my previous blog, I kept all of the important blogs in my reader so that I could still follow along and see what was going in the world I used to be a big part of.
One of my favorite bloggers was/is Katrina from Baking and Boys — we “met” through Tuesdays With Dorie and became fast friends. Her sharp wit and easygoing personality made me feel like I had known her my entire life. There is no shortage of activity in her house with four young boys – plus she always has something yummy going on in the kitchen.
Like these granola bars she posted about a month ago…. I have my “gold standard” recipe for granola bars, but I am always up for the challenge of trying something new.
Because a no-bake recipe is clearly a challenge.
These were super easy, quite delicious, and will definitely be made again. The only difference between mine and Katrina’s is that I mixed the chocolate chips through the oats/cereal while it was still hot, and therefore was left with a streaky chocolate mixture that was mighty tasty.
Just ask Sabrina 🙂
No Bake Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars – adapted from Katrina
2 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup crispy rice cereal (or crushed up chex cereal – which is what I used)
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
4 tbs. unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup chocolate chips
Line an 8 inch square baking pan with non-stick foil (or use regular foil and spray it lightly with cooking spray). Combine the oats, cereal and chocolate chips in a large bowl. In a small saucepan, add the brown sugar, honey and butter. Bring it to a simmer over medium-high heat. Cook until the sugar has dissolved, stirring frequently. Reduce the heat to low and continue to cook for one more minute. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
Pour the sugar mixture over the oats and cereal and stir to combine until all is moistened. Transfer the mixture to the pan and spread evenly. Press down until it is compact. Allow the bars to set until firm, about 2 hours, and/or put them in the refrigerator until firm. Remove the bars from the pan using the edges of the foil overhang. Peel the foil off the bars and cut to desired sized pieces. Store in an airtight container.