We found a place to live! It’s quaint, near the Godfather’s office, and has a lot of Pinterest “renter decorating” potential. I’m just excited to have a kitchen again so I can work on the blog! I have jalapenos to candy, crock pots to fill, holidays to prep for, and a list of delicious recipes over three pages long that all need to go up right now. Well, not right now right now, but as soon as I can make, photograph, eat, edit, write about, and post them (and we have internet again). 😉
For now, I’m going to leave you with a very easy recipe you can make in less than 10 minutes. You’ll have to wait a bit for it to set, but that’s what freezers are for, right? It’s the non-commercial version of the blast chiller. Actually, that isn’t exactly true since we’d rather not freeze these bars at all, but that’s not the point. The point is, if you pop this in the freezer to cool quickly, you may decide to pretend you are winning at Iron Chef at that moment. I do, and then I happy dance.
I took a lot of pictures of these bars… after an earlier (and highly unsuccessful) attempt at homemade granola bars, I was rather proud of myself for how these turned out.
And I would recommend dark chocolate over any other kind of chocolate. The peanut butter and honey already add a lot of sweetness to the bars, and you’ll want the bitterness in a quality dark chocolate to balance it out.
- 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup honey
- ½ cup milk
- 1½ tsp vanilla extract
- ¾ cup peanut butter
- 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
- 1 cup crisp rice cereal
- ½ cup dark chocolate chips or wafer melts
- Line an 8x8" or 9x9" square pan with parchment paper
- Melt all liquid ingredients together in a saucepan on the stove top over medium low heat or in the microwave for one minute at 50% power until just combined.
- Add liquid ingredients to the oats in a mixing bowl and stir until the oats and cereal are well coated
- Put the oat mixture in your pan and press firmly and evenly into the pan, being sure to get the corners.
- Wait for the oats to cool completely before slicing. I chilled mine for about 30 minutes in the refrigerator to make slicing easier.
- Cut the bars into squares.
- Melt the chocolate and drizzle over the bars. Allow the chocolate to set before serving. These will keep up to a week in an airtight container, but they won't last that long! Makes 32 1"x2" bars if you use an 8"x8" pan.