Here was another experiment to find a cost-effective replacement to the Quaker Chewy Dipps that we all love in this house. The average cost for 6 of these granola bars is $2.50 ($0.416/per bar). I spent an extra $3.77 on the two ingredients I didn’t already have in the house (Rice Krispie cereal and honey). That means this first batch of 16 granola bars came out to $0.235/ per bar. That’s HALF the cost already!! The best part is, the next several batches won’t cost anything extra because I won’t need to buy any extra ingredients since I already have them in my pantry. Yay!
I melted the butter a little in the microwave so it would blend more easily.
I mixed all the liquid ingredients together first before adding in the dry ingredients. The recipe just says to mix everything except chocolate chips in a bowl.
Mixing in all the dry ingredients.
Didn’t have any mini chocolate chips, so I used some mini M&Ms. Eli thought that was pretty great! 🙂
After mixing in the M&Ms, I pressed the mixture into a greased 9×13 pan and baked for 25 minutes at 325 degrees.
Another recipe tweak – spread 1/4-1/2 C. chocolate chips on top of the bars as soon as you pull out of the oven. Let the chocolate melt before spreading with a knife to cover.
After the pan has cooled, cut into 16 bars.
The finished product. Definitely not as sweet as the store-bought stuff, but still quite tasty and much, MUCH healthier.
Homemade Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars – by www.madisonhousechef.com
2 C. oats
1 C. Rice Krispies cereal
1/2 C. flour
2 T. butter
1/2 C. peanut butter
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 C. sugar
5-6 T. honey
1/2 C. mini chocolate chips
1/4 C. water
DIRECTIONS:Lightly grease a 9×13 pan. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine all ingredients, except chocolates, in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly, incorporating the peanut butter and honey throughout the dry ingredients. Fold in chocolate chips. Firmly press dough into a 9×13 pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes or until the edges begin to brown. Cool on a rack for 30 minutes, then cut into approximately 16 rectangular pieces. Store in airtight container; consider keeping them in the refrigerator if you have a warm kitchen.