Chocolate Slathered Granola Bars

chocdippOkay, so it’s sorta healthy but it has chocolate so you can forget all that stuff and just enjoy the flavors.

Lots of good stuff in this really I swear, but the taste is really good, not at all like that stuff you find in boxes in the grocery store. It all tastes like cardboard with a layer of chocolate.

This stuff is chewy and tasty and keeps nicely. So make a batch and you will have a snack on the run which is good for ya mostly and very tasty as well.

Recipe is from the Pioneer Woman, with minor alterations.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 c rolled oats (not the quick ones)
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/4 c canola oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 c honey
  • 1/4 c apple juice (substitute freely here with any juice you might like)
  • 1/4 c molasses
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 c Rice Krispies
  •  1 c wheat germ
  • 1/2 c chopped pecans
  • 1/4 c almonds (use any combo of nuts you wish)
  • 8 oz your favorite chocolate, melted

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Toss the oats, butter, canola oil, and salt. Spread out on baking sheets and taste for 15-20 minutes. Remove and cool.
  3. Reduce oven to 325°
  4. In a saucepan, combine the brown sugar, honey, apple juice, and molasses. Heat until blended and then add the vanilla.
  5. Place the oat mixture in a large bowl. Add the cereal and the wheat germ and the nuts, mix well. Pour over the sugar syrup and toss. This will be very sticky.
  6. Press into a jelly roll pan that has been greased well. You can line with foil and grease that if you wish.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool.
  8. Melt the chocolate and then spread it over the cooled granola sheet. Once the chocolate is cooled and firmed up, cut up the granola into serving pieces.

Servings: 16

NOTE: you can vary the taste a bit by changing up the fruit juice you use, adding some dried fruit of any type, varying the nuts used, and substituting light corn syrup for the molasses. Also the variety of chocolate used from milk to bittersweet. And consider throwing in some miniature marshmallows or coconut.

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