The home I just purchased is an older home, from an elderly couple who lived in the house for over 40 years. As you can imagine, it needed some updating. The counter-tops and backslash in the kitchen were mauve. Those were the first to go! Next was the large fabric mauve blinds in the living room. Oooh baby those had to go! They were a large dusty monstrosity that I couldn’t get rid of fast enough. Online I went to the glorious site that is Amazon Prime and ordered two pretty new white blinds. Two days later they arrived on my doorstep. Those mauve monsters were ripped own with vigor.
The first was hung and what a glorious sight it was! But then-disaster struck. The second blind was too big. I ordered the wrong size. And after getting ahead of myself and ripping down the old blind, I now have a huge naked window. So with shame I now have an old blue blanket thumb tacked to cover the window until my new blind in the correct size will be here- in two days. Moral of this story: measure twice, click “buy” once. Oh, and if you aren’t an Amazon Prime member yet, you’re really missing out!
These granola bars are the only thing getting me though this frustrating day. They come together in just minutes and are completely versatile. Don’t like candy? Swap them out for some chocolate chips, peanuts, or even dried fruit. They make the perfect snack for lunch boxes, or even breakfast on the go. Just slice and wrap individually and you have a granola bar a million times better than any you can buy at the store, and without all those strange ingredients to boot!
No-Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars
2 c. quick-cooking oats
1 c rice krispies cereal
2 Tbs coconut oil
¼ c honey
¼ c light brown sugar, packed
¼ c peanut butter, creamy or chunky
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 c M&M's
2 Tbs semisweet chocolate chips
In a medium bowl combine oats and cereal; set aside. In a small saucepan combine coconut oil, honey and brown sugar. Heat over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Add the peanut butter and vanilla and stir until mixture is smooth. Pour over oat mixture and stir until evenly coated. Keep stirring until the mixture comes together. If adding fruits or nuts, add them at this point.
Press mixture into a 8"x8" baking pan sprayed with non stick cooking spray. If you are going to be adding a ingredient that will melt, such as chocolate chips, add them at this point and press into bars so they stick. Allow to set for several hours or until firm. Cut into 10 bars.
In a sandwich bag, melt chocolate chips in microwave. Cut off corner and drizzle over bars. Immediately top with M&M's. Allow chocolate to set before wrapping.
Recipe adapted from The Recipe Critic