Friday, February 20, 2015

No Bake Chewy Chocolate Bars

These bars are wonderful to have around in the house and are a great alternative to the traditional granola bars that you buy from the store.  They are a cross between a no bake cookie and rice crispy treats.  If you plan on keeping these around for a few weeks (they never last that long at our house) you can cut into individual bars and wrap in wax paper and store in an air tight container.

2/3 C. light Corn Syrup
3/4 C. creamy Peanut Butter
1/4 C. light Brown Sugar
1/4 C. Cocoa Powder
1 Tbsp. Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp. Salt
2 C. quick cook Oats
2 C. rice Crispy cereal

Spray a 8 x 8 pan with non-stick spray.  Combine syrup, peanut butter cocoa and sugar in a medium saucepan over low medium heat.  Heat until sugar is dissolved and peanut butter is melted.  Stir frequently to combine.  Remove from heat and add vanilla and salt.  Stir.  Add oats and cereal.  Stir well until everything is evenly coated.  Spoon into the prepared pan.  Using the back of the spoon, (or greased hands J ) press firmly into the pan.  Cool completely before cutting.