Even though I improvised half of it, we loved the result!
Especially during a short break they just are ideal small munchies. Plus you know exactly what you are getting in these, how much sugar you actually used. Homemade but super easy and quick, promised! Excluding the cooling off time I would estimate the “baking” process at about 15 minutes max!
I wouldn’t just mix up generic muesli though, obviously, hence this special kind of Granola Bar recipe:
No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Granola Bars
I found a granola bar recipe on twopeasandtheirpod, but since it was in American cup measurements, I had to adjust it. I changed the relation of ingredients and added chopped nuts, simply because I love the crunch nuts give. So here we have my tested and approved (by picky other half!) mixture as a recipe:
This amount of ingredients get me about 12 rather large bars. (It also depends on the size of your casserole dish)
- 100g butter
- 50g sugar(brown sugar works great too!)
- 150g honey
- 150g peanut butter (best smooth and sugar-free)
- 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
- 250g oats
- 60g puffed rice (or zB Rice Cereal)
- 40g chopped nuts (unsalted)
- 100g chopped salted pretzels
- 3 rows of chocolate (I prefer dark or white) or chocolate chips.
Prepare a flat, rectangular casserole dish with baking sheet – make sure to get all the edges as well so the mixture doesn’t stick to it.
Melt the butter, sugar, honey and peanut butter in a larger frying pan over low heat and keep stiring occasionally until it bubbles up. Let it cook for about another 2 or 3 minutes while stiring; I always take it off the hob when the sides starts browning ever so slightly while stiring. Pour in the vanilla extract.
Add the dry ingredients in a deep bowl and pour the honey mixture on top. Mix it up well until there are no dry bits left.
Put the mixture in the dish and spread it evenly with a spatula. Let it cool off for a bit and sprinkle the chocolate on top, press on if needed. Cooling off a bit more is recommended before putting it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, best over night to get a clean cut. I had mine in the fridge for about 1.5 hours.
The bars harden up nicely and let me tell you, you need a sharp, large kitchen knife to cut through properly. Cut evenly in about 12 bars and serve. Or put in a box and store in the fridge for about 1 week, crispy and tasty 🙂
I just love these things, the rice cereal just gives it an extra light crunch! A bar during a short break at work and it stops that collywobbles, the sweetness is a nice pick me up for that dreaded afternoon low. Perfect with a cuppa as well!
Alternatively you can always try different ingredients, add raisins or coconut flakes etc.
Have you ever made granola or bars yourself? What are your favourite ingredients? What do you like to eat during break time? Just fruit and salads?