Homemade Granola Bars

A few weeks ago I ‘pinned’ a few granola bar type recipes. I finally got all the ingredients and decided to try out one of them.
This recipe came from Bless This Mess

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars
Makes:16-20 granola bars
Ingredients
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups old-fashioned or quick oats
1 cup crispy rice cereal
2 cup chopped pretzels
2/3 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions
Cut out a piece of parchment paper the width of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Place the paper in the bottom of the dish.
In a small sauce pan combine the butter, sugar, honey, peanut butter, and vanilla. Cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring often, until it starts to bubble.
Once it starts to bubble let the mixture cook for 2 minutes.
In a large bowl combine the oats, rice cereal, and broken pretzels. After the butter mixture cooks for 2 minutes, pour the hot liquid over the oat mixture and stir well to combine.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and press the mixture evenly into the pan.
Sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the top of the granola bars and gently press them into place. Put the pan in the fridge to cool before cutting.
To cut into bars remove from the pan. Place on a cutting board and cut with a sharp knife.
Store in the fridge or they get too sticky.

Notes
You can easily half this recipe and put it in an 8×8 pan if you like.

I made the full recipe but put them in two 8×8 pans because my 13×9 pan was in use for dinner!

These granola bars were very tasty and easy to make. The downside was needing to store them in the fridge. Not a deal breaker but an inconvenience. I would probably make them again if I could find something to add to make them bind together better. They tended to come apart pretty quickly once they were out of the fridge.
This isn’t the best picture but they were yummy.

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