When I saw Tasty's recipe for No-Bake Chewy Chocolate Granola Bars, I knew I was in deep trouble (the good kind)! Tasty has been sharing some pretty amazing recipe videos lately. If you don't follow them on Facebook, I highly suggest that you do. You're bound to find something that floats your boat!
Anyway, back to the granola bars! I watched the video (YouTube version below), and the simplicity of the recipe was what appealed to me. I had never made my own granola bars before, so I was excited to try it- especially since I didn't even have to turn on the oven!
Take 45 seconds to watch the video.
Simple, right? After I saw the process and the final product, I was intrigued to experiment. The peanuts and chocolate combo sounded great, but I thought my tot and I would like the bars with a few more tasty treats mixed in. So, I incorporated some new ingredients to tantalize the taste buds and to make a substitution for the puffed rice (since I didn't have any on hand). As a result, I came up with what I like to call No-Bake Trail Mix Granola Bars.
Here's what I did:
1) I followed the recipe up to the part where they added the puffed rice. The coconut oil (you can also substitute butter), brown sugar, honey, peanut butter, vanilla, and quick oat ingredients/directions stay exactly the same.
2) Instead of the puffed rice, I added 1/2 cup of Honey Nut Cheerios and 1/2 cup of broken pretzel pieces.
2) In addition to the 1/4 cup of peanuts, I added 1/4 cup of whole almonds. I also threw in a handful of raisins. I didn't measure them, but I'd guess it was a bit less than 1/4 cup.
4) Just as Tasty shows in the video, I lined my 8x8 pan with parchment paper, pressed the granola bar mixture in the pan, and topped the bars off with 1/2 cup chocolate chips.
5) I refrigerated my trail mix granola bars for 35 minutes, which was plenty of time for them to set. Tip: Leave the bars sit on the counter to soften for about 10 minutes before cutting them.
These No-Bake Trail Mix Granola Bars are my new, not-so-guilty pleasure! My tot happily gobbles them up for her afternoon snack, and friends and family members who have tasted them have inquired for the recipe. They freeze nicely, and they're quite versatile! As long as you stick with the same quantity of add-ins, you can pretty much guarantee that they'll turn out great. My mom made them using the Cheerios, pretzels, and about 3/4 cup of bagged trail mix. Next time I make a batch, I'm going to experiment with peanut butter chips, chocolate chips, peanuts, and dried banana chips.
Whether you decide to try Tasty's original recipe, my trail mix creation, or a combination of your own ingredients, you definitely won't be sorry! If you love granola bars, prepare yourself for a new food addiction!
Which add-ins appeal most to you? Would you include another ingredients in your No-Bake Granola Bars?
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