Granola bars/chunks

5 04 2008

For some reason, I’ve been avoiding my long run this morning.  I have a 16 miler on my training schedule for today, but I just can’t seem to get myself moving.  I’m giving myself 30 more minutes – just enough time to update my blog and get ready.  Then it’s time to get my butt moving!

Anyway… I saw this granola bar recipe in Every Day With Rachael Ray awhile ago, and I thought they looked quick and easy.  Quick and easy recipes are perfect for procrastinating, don’t you think?  So I threw all the ingredients together and decided that making these granola bars is even easier than making Rice Krispie treats.  Not that I’ve made Rice Krispie treats in the past ten years or so, but I vaguely remember the process. 

And here they are:

They taste good and are a great combination of salty and sweet, but they were a bit crunchier than the recipe suggested.  Also, they were tough to cut into granola bar shapes.  Most of them broke in the pan, but I did get a few decent ones (see picture), although even the granola bars in the picture look like I nimbled them before lining them up.  Oh well.  They’re still tasty and will be a great post-run snack.  Instead of calling them granola bars, I may have to refer to them as granola chunks.  Things could be worse.

No Bake Chewy Granola Bars
Every Day with Rachael Ray

Ingredients:

4 T. (half stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
2 cups granola
1 cup rice cereal, such as Rice Krispies
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup thin pretzels (I broke mine into smaller pieces)
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

1. In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar with the butter and the honey.  Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, then lower the heat to medium-low and simmer until the sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes.  Remove the saucepan from the heat.

2. Add the granola, rice cereal, raisins, and pretzels to the saucepan and fold the ingredients to evenly coat with the sauce.  Transfer the granola mixture to a 9-by-13 inch ungreased baking pan and press firmly to evenly fill.  Gently press the chocolate chips onto the top of the granola.  Let the granola mixture set in the refrigerator until firm, about 15 minutes, then cut into bars.