Baked by Susan’s No Bake Chewy Granola Bars

The start of a new school year is always filled with certain chaos.  Clothes and shoes have been outgrown, frequent trips to the store for new notebooks and glue sticks, homework after a summer of no-work, and cooler temperatures at night.  The beginning of a new school year always feels like more of a change than birthdays or New Year’s.  My youngest is going into high school; how can that be?!?   For me, food has always been a calming influence in my life.  When I am stressed out I cook; feeling a little blue, I bake a batch of brownies.   I always liked to have something home-baked when my kids came home from school.  Nothing beats the smell of something baking in the oven.  One of my favorite after school snacks is a homemade granola bar.  This recipe is easy and fool-proof and the best part is that you don’t have to turn on your oven while the temperature outside is still hot.  It is also a great recipe because you can mix and match.  Add a few Tablespoons of sunflower seeds, nuts or raisins.  Sprinkle sesame seeds on top.  Don’t like coconut?  Leave it out.  Your kids will love these chewy treats.

Stay Sweet!!

Susan

 

No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars, makes 8

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup krispie rice cereal
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 2 oz. butter
  • 1/4 cup honey (can use maple syrup or agave)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  1. Mix oats, rice cereal and coconut in a large bowl
  2. In a saucepan on the stove melt together the butter, honey and brown sugar and boil for two minutes.
  3. Pour butter mixture into oat mixture and stir well.  Let cool a few minutes before adding 2 Tablespoons mini chocolate chips
  4. Press into an 8×8 inch square pan.  Press down well.  Let sit one hour before cutting into 8 bars.  Wrap any leftovers in plastic or parchment.

Susan O'KeefeContributor: Susan O’Keefe

Susan O’Keefe has been baking since she was a little girl. With a passion for baking and a background in marketing and sales, she opened Baked by Susan right in the heart of the little river town of Croton-on-Hudson where she lives with her husband and three growing boys.

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