Monday, May 23, 2016

Mixed Seeds & Oats Honey Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Dry Ingredients
1 c sunflower seeds
1/2 c pumpkin seeds
2 c (dry) rolled oats
(keep separate) 2 1/2 c rice crispies or puffed rice

Wet Ingredients
1 t salt
1 1/3 c smooth peanut butter
1/2 c brown sugar
1 3/4 c honey
2 T unsalted butter

Optional Ingredient
1 1/2 c chocolate chips

Butter a 9x13 pan (I used a pyrex glass 9x13 pan) then line with parchment paper allowing it to come up the sides.
Preheat oven to 325 F

1. Mix dry ingredients except rice crispies in a large bowl then spread onto a jelly roll (1/4 sheet) pan
and bake for 20 minutes removing to stir twice during baking.
2. In a medium saucepan on medium low heat, mix wet ingredients and heat to a slow boil, stirring constantly. Keep stirring and boil for 5 minutes.
3. Place all dry ingredients back into the large bowl adding rice crispies and mix well. Add the wet ingredients and mix thoroughly.
4. Dump this mixture into the 9x13 pan and with buttered hands, press into the corners and bottom. Level the surface as best you can.
5. (Optional) Sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over the top.
6. Refrigerate for at least an hour, then remove to a cutting board (using the parchment paper hanging over to help lift the entire slab from the pan.) Cut into 1 1/2"x3" pieces and serve.

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