I was looking for an alternative to buying granola bars for school lunches, and found a recipe that was pretty authentic in recreating the Quaker oat granola bars we tend to purchase.
Instead of spreading in a pan and cutting into bars, I scooped into mini liners and made bites. Whichever you make, they need to "CURE" overnight to harden, and unstick.
2 1/2 c. QUICK oats
1/2 c. crisp cereal (Rice Krispy style)
1/2 c. mini chocolate chips
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 t. salt
1/2 c. oil
1/4 c. honey
1/2 t. vanilla
(I added 3 T. flax as well)
Mix dry together, EXCEPT chocolate, and pour wet ingredients on top. When mixed together, add chips and mix in again. Bake 350 degrees, bites 12-15 and bars 17-22.
I was pleased to see the boys grab the container and help themselves without being asked! They are great for lunches with a couple in a baggie, and work well for snacks on the run.
I think I will be trying raisin/coconut/nut, and cranberries/white chocolate next.