Homemade chewy peanut buttery bars fortified with crunchy granola and drizzled with dark chocolate are perfect for replenishing big appetites on a snowy winter day.
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Yields 24 2-inch bars
- 1 3/4 cups creamy peanut butter (such as Jif)
- 1/2 cup brown rice syrup
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3 1/2 cups crushed whole wheat cereal, like Total, or granola
- 2 ounces (1/3 cup chopped) dark chocolate for drizzling, or 8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips for glazing
Variations I have tried:
- Rice Krispies cereal (or gluten-free crisped brown rice cereal) + 1/2 cup chopped dried figs + 1/2 cup chopped crystallized ginger
- crushed Total cereal + 1/2 cup chopped crystallized ginger
- crushed Total cereal + 1 cup chopped roasted peanuts + 1/2 cup currants
- substitute Adam's Natural Peanut Butter for Jif; the texture will be a little more grainy
- substitute light Karo syrup for the brown rice syrup
- Note: when I make these with granola, I don't add anything else; the granola provides everything they need.
- Mix peanut butter, brown rice syrup, and sugar in a large saucepan over low heat. When the mixture starts to bubble, stir continuously for about 4 minutes, then remove from the heat.
- Add crushed cereal (fill a large Ziploc bag with cereal and crush with a rolling pin) or granola, and additional ingredients, if using.
- Mix well so all ingredients are uniformly distributed throughout the peanut butter base.
- Pour onto a 13 x 9 inch rimmed baking pan that has been sprayed with cooking oil. Press evenly throughout the pan. It helps to cover the top of the bars with wax paper, and then press down with a metal spatula or another pan.
- Chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
- If drizzling with chocolate, microwave chopped dark chocolate on low power at 15 second increments until melted. Stir to smooth, then drizzle over the top. Cut into bars or triangles once chocolate is set.
- If you want your bars smothered in chocolate, pour 8 ounces of semisweet chocolate chips over the top of the bars. Set in a warm oven just until melted, then spread the chocolate in a thin layer. Chill and cut into bars.(This is how they do it at the Swag Country Inn.)