It's national Granola Bar Day so honor all those busy times when a small cereal bar helped you make it through a hectic day at work or play.
A little granola bar history - "nutritious, yummy granola is typically based on rolled oats full of proteins and useful fibers. It’s been an increasingly popular type of breakfast food since the 19th century, but wasn’t compressed into a snack bar before the 1970’s. There’s been a dispute on who invented granola bars, but Stanley Mason remains accredited for creating this compact form out of loose granola by pressing it. To produce a firm bar, granola is bonded with honey, butter or syrups, and it is then baked. The exception are so-called chewy granola bars which are either briefly baked or completely raw."
So, that being said, here is a yummy, maybe not super healthy, but easy granola bar recipe that I found on averiecooks.com
No-bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars
2/3 c. light corn syrup
1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
1/4 c. b. sugar
put in microwave for 1 minute and stir
Return to microwave for 1 more minute and stir
add and stir together
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 c. cocoa
Add & stir in
2 c. oats (quick oats)
When combined add
2 c. rice cereal - 1 at a time - (you may not need all of the 2nd cup - just see how much you can incorporate.
Add 3/4 c. mini chocolate chips
Press mixture into a parchment lined 8x8 and let set (in the fridge for a bit)
Remove and cut into bars.
You can store these at room temp wrapped or sealed in a container (if they last)