Wednesday, December 2, 2009

White Chocolate Cranberry Granola Bars

My homeschool/FB friend Lori posted this recipe that I just had to try. I have to say that they are healthy enough that I let the boys snack on them in the morning before lunch but not-healthy enough that they want to snack on them. :o)

I used dark chocolate chips and cherry flavored craisins in mine and drizzled them with white chocolate and they are perfect!

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 large egg
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups crisp rice cereal (Rice Krispies)
1 cup white chocolate(vanilla) chips
1 1/2 cups rolled or quick oats
1/2- 3/4 cup craisins (sweetened, dried cranberries)
1 cup chopped nuts, optional
Preheat oven to 350° and lightly grease or spray 9 x 13 pan.
In large bowl, beat brown sugar, sugar, and butter until light and fluffy. Blend in honey, vanilla and egg. In separate bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Add flour mixture gradually to sugar mixture and beat until combined. By hand, stir in nuts, white chocolate chips, Rice Krispies and oats until well mixed. Press mixture firmly in bottom of greased pan, and bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes, or until light golden brown. Do NOT overbake, they may still look "wiggly". Cool and cut into squares or whatever other shapes you might desire;-)

For Glaze: Melt the rest of the chips in the micro with a tblsp of butter. Spoon into a sandwich bag. Cut a very tiny tip of the corner off and squeeze in swirls over the bars. Before or after cutting depending on how much work you want to put into them and how pretty you want them to turn out.

granola bars 01

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