Summertime Granola Bars

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Summer seems to have arrived early this year and during this time of year I’m forever looking for recipes I can make for the family that doesn’t require using the oven. I found this granola bar recipe last year and they were an instant hit with everyone! Best of all it’s super easy, fast and I usually have all the ingredients on hand to make them whenever the craving for chocolate strikes!

Summertime Granola Bars

 

Ingredients:

1 Cup Butter

1/2; Cup Brown Sugar

1 teaspoon Vanilla

2 Cups Old Fashion Oats

1 Cup Quick Cooking Oats

1/2; Cup finally chopped nuts (Pecan, Walnuts or Almonds)

1 Cup Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips

1/2; Cup Peanut Butter

 

Directions

Lightly Grease a 11”x 7” inch square pan.

  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Stir in the brown sugar and vanilla until blended. Add the oats and cook over low heat 2 to 3 minutes stirring constantly until ingredients are well blended. Firmly press half of mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Reserve the rest for topping.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, add chocolate chips and peanut butter. Microwave on high for about 1 minute. Remove from the microwave and stir chips and peanut butter until smooth. Pour the chocolate mixture over the crust in the pan, and spread evenly with a knife or spatula.
  3. Spread the remaining oat mixture over the chocolate layer, pressing in gently. Cover, and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours. Bring to room temperature before cutting into bars.
  4. Enjoy!

 

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