kitchen attempts | almost chewy granola bars

“Mom can we please get the real granola bars?” was something my mom probably heard a lot while my sister and I were younger.  Our family did (and still does) a lot of their shopping at Aldi so by “real” we meant good ol’ Quaker. Not it’s Millville poser.


Nowadays – I could care less. But I do still like granola bars – just ones that fill me up for at least ten minutes.  Something the “real” ones could never quite accomplish.

When I saw this recipe I knew I would have to try it.  Plus, they’re no bake. Always a bonus if you ask me.  They turned out a little less chewy than expected but still delicious.

The author suggests splitting the batch into two pans to make different varieties which is exactly what I did. The base recipe is very simple and “add ins” can be left to your creativity.  I went with my childhood favorite – chocolate and peanut butter and a “grown up” style with a combination of pistachios, almonds, dried apricots, mangoes, and raisins.

So, here she is. A childhood classic minus the shiny foil wrappers.


base granola:
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
Combine over medium heat and stir until the butter is melted.
Bring to a boil.
Turn down the heat, and simmer for two minutes. Set the timer for this one. Just do it.
Remove from the heat.
Stir in:
2 cups plain granola
1 cup crisp rice cereal. 
{I used the Aldi kind… :)}
Completely coat the dry ingredients.
Spread the mixture into two parchment paper lined 9×5 loaf pans.
Add in your extras – chocolate chips, nuts, fruit, marshmallows, whatever sounds good or is in the pantry.
Cool for 15-20 minutes.
Now if only Gushers would give up their recipe…


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