Chewy Healthy Granola Bars

A few years ago I went on a quest to find a recipe for a chewy granola bar.  The quest was not an easy one since every recipe I tried usually make the bar too fluffy, to crumbly, or too hard.  Finally, I realized the key to making the bars chewy had more to do with an ingredient I had yet to get familiar with that would make the bar the way I wanted and not compromise on the my desire to keep the ingredients as pure as possible - brown rice syrup.

Here is how to make these wonderful chewy granola bars:

In a large bowl combine the following:
  • 5 cups oat fashioned oats
  • 5 cups crisped rice (preferably homemade)

I then put the whole bowl into a warm oven - this helps when it comes time to mix in the binding mixture because the bowl's heat makes it easier to stir longer.

Next, in a pot I put:
  • 1/3 cup SUCANAT
  • 1 jar brown rice syrup (about 1 heaping cup)

Heat to boiling while constantly mixing.

Remove from heat.

Add the following to the syrup mixture:
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup fermented peanut butter
Stir until the peanut butter is no longer lumpy.

Now take the bowl out of the oven and pour in the peanut butter/syrup mixture over the top and stir until everything is evenly distributed.

Grease a large pan with coconut oil and then press the mixture into the pan with wet hands (this keeps it from sticking to you).  

Let cool and then serve.


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