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Chewy No Bake Granola Bars

Reviewed: Apr. 17, 2013
We have loved this recipe! As is, it is great! (I do double the recipe to make the bars thicker in my 9x13 pan.) To adjust to our tastes, I've made the following changes to Dana's recipe. (And some of these have been suggested in other reviews.) I've cut the brown sugar to 1/3 cup and the chocolate chips to 1/4 cup. Sometimes I will omit the chocolate chips and then increase the fruit to 3/4 cup. One reviewer mentioned switching the butter for peanut butter. I am anxious to try this one but haven't had an opportunity since I have one child that doesn't like nuts. Another reviewer mentioned cooking the butter, honey, and brown sugar for 2 minutes at a rolling boil. I found this very helpful. It brings the sugar to somewhere between the soft ball and hard ball stage which keeps it from falling apart too much. I also put parchment paper on the bottom of my 9x13 pan. After pressing the mixture into the pan and while it is still warm, I cut the granola into bars. Then I put it in the fridge to harden. After it is cool, I pull it out, break the bars along the cut lines, and then put in sandwich bags so that they are ready to grab for lunches or snacks. As the bars get warm, they can sometimes fall apart slightly. But I think this is partially because of the lower sugar amount. No matter, our whole family loves these! Thanks for a great recipe, Dana!
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