The Creative Princess: Homemade Chewy Granola Bars

Homemade Chewy Granola Bars

 {Please ignore the "old" chocolate look.  I put them in my fridge to store, bad idea}

I first saw this recipe on Pinterest.  We LOVE the Quaker Chewy Granola Bars and when I saw these tasted JUST like them I just HAD to try them.

These don't taste JUST like the ones you can buy in stores.  However, they are still REALLY good and healthy.  You can pick and choose what you want to add in, I chose to do the Smore's version because it is our fave.  You could swap the marshmallows and chocolate out for say....Craisins and dark chocolate.  Oh!  That would be REALLY good!  I will have to try that next time.

The original recipe says to use plain granola but, I bought a honey granola cereal (my options are pretty limited around here) and it was GREAT.

Also, when storing I placed a sheet of waxed paper between each layer.  This works really well.

{S’mores Chew Granola Bars}
1 Stick unsalted Butter
½ Cup Packed Light Brown Sugar
½ Cup Honey
4 Cups Granola
2 Cups Rice Krispies
2 Cups Mini Marshmallows
1 Cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips

Line a 9x13 baking dish with foil, lightly butter or spray with cooking spray.  Set aside.
Combine honey and butter in saucepan over medium-high heat.  Once butter starts to melt, stir in Brown Sugar
Bring mixture to a boil, lower heat and simmer until sugar dissolves.  Remove pan from heat.
Add Granola and Cereal to saucepan and fold into honey mixture until evenly coated.  Once coated, fold in the Marshmallows.
Spread the mixture into your pan and press firmly to even out.  I like using my hands for things like this but you can use the back of a spoon or a spatula.
Sprinkle Chocolate Chips on top and gently press into place.
Allow to sit for about 30 minutes, lift out of pan and cut into bars.
Store in an airtight container. 

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