Chewy Granola Bars - slightly adapted from Frugal NW
Makes 24 bars, or you know, one serving.
Preheat the oven to 350
4 1/2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup whole wheat flour (regular flour would be fine)
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup softened butter
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup corn syrup (rice syrup or maple would work too)
1/4 cup honey
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups chocolate chips
1/4 cup chopped dried cherries
To begin, grease the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. Then lay a layer of parchment paper in the bottom so the edges hang out. Grease the parchment paper. You're going to pull the bars out of the dish using these flaps so make sure you have enough to grab.
In a large bowl, mix together oats, flour, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, mix together softened butter, peanut butter, corn syrup, honey and vanilla.
Mix wet ingredients into dry and then fold in cherries and chocolate chips. Put all of the granola into the baking dish and with damp hands, pack it down as firmly as possible. (You can also spray your hands with baking spray to help keep them from sticking to the gooey ingredients.)
Bake 25 minutes or until the top is lightly browned. Let the granola bars cool completely before trying to cut them. As with brownies, I think it would be a good idea to refrigerate these before cutting to get a nice, clean edge.
As you can see, I rushed things a bit and didn't let these cool enough before I cut them. Boooo!!
A few things about this recipe...
I think shredded coconut would be a wonderful addition.
I didn't have a lot of dried cherries on hand, I think I'd up the cherries and drop the chocolate ratio a bit. (What did that say?? Drop the chocolate??)
Apricots and white chocolate would be amazing substitutes!!