Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Chewy Granola

 
Last year I had this addiction to Chewy Granola Bars.  You know those Quaker Oats kinds that come in flavors like Chocolate Chip, S'mores, and Peanut Butter.  I mean like addicted.  At least two a day. Craving them in the middle of the day.  I know, weird right?!  I have no clue why I wanted them so bad.  It came so randomly.  


Thank God that addiction has passed.  They definitely aren't the healthiest snacks for you. Well, they aren't the worst either, they just have lots of sugar for such a small and quick snack.  I mean I could've been eating candy and it probably would have the same nutritional value.  I don't know this for sure I am just guessing.   


Even though I don't crave those bars anymore, I still like to enjoy them ever so often.  Mostly at baseball games when I need a quick snack. 

One day when I was eating a bar, I thought -- I could make these.  From scratch.  Healthier for you.  Where I know everything that is included.  So, I went online and quickly found a recipe.  While making the recipe I decided I wanted to make the recipe into granola.  So instead of having the chewy granola shaped into bars, I would break up the granola and serve it as a bite-sized snack.  Instead of having to eat a whole bar you can snack on the chewy granola in small bites.  I loved this idea!  And I've seen granola recipes out there, but never chewy granola (meaning not shaped into bars).  



This chewy granola came out MUCH better than I expected.  I mean it was delicious!  Crazy good!  Worlds above the Quaker Oats bars I was so addicted too. 
It was chewy. 
It was sweet.
It was bite-sized.
It was homemade.
It was healthier for you.
It wad truly incredible!

And to make it even better this chewy granola is No-Bake.  No oven needed!  Just a stove.  And I bet you can do it in the microwave.  I have tried that yet, but I'm sure it would work just as well. 


This chewy granola works great on top of yogurt.  I used mine as a topping for Greek yogurt and it was delicious!  It added a perfect crunchiness and sweetness.   

No more Quaker Oats for me.  This homemade chewy granola is all I need :)!




Chewy Granola
For Printable Recipe, Click here!
 
Makes: About 2 cups

¼ cup Brown Sugar
¼ cup Agave Nectar (or Honey, whichever you have on hand)
4 tbsp. (1/2 stick) Unsalted Butter
2 cups Granola, Plain
1 cup Rice Krispies (or any type of Rice Cereal)
½ cup Chocolate Chips

In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar, agave nectar, and butter.  Place over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.  Once the mixture has reached a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and let simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved, about 2 minutes. 

Remove the pan for the heat and add the granola, rice krispies, and chocolate chips.  Mix until completely coated.  Pour the mixture into a 9x9-inch baking pan and press down to even out the mixture.  Place the pan in the refrigerator to chill and firm, about 20 minutes.

Once completely chilled, remove the pan from the refrigerator and, using your hands, break apart the mixture into small pieces.  Place is a sealed container or ziptop bag.  The granola can keep for about 1 week at room temperature.  Enjoy :)!

2 comments:

  1. I remember Grandma Winnick eating one tablespoon of granola a day with her papaya and dried fruit for breakfast. She would have loved this.
    -Christy

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  2. I have a yogurt in front of me right now that is naked :( no granola to cover it up with. boo.
    Can't wait for you to get home so you can make be a whole bag of this!

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