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I love granola! During fall and winter, the aroma of baking granola is perfection! So now that it is warming up in the South, I go for the no bake granola (loose or bars) This recipe I have altered just a bit as I have found some recipes to leave the "bars" super wet and gooey. Totally not my style. So here is the recipe.. have fun!!
No Bake Granola ( added coconut and almond
1/2 c unsalted butter
1 c honey
2/3 c light brown sugar
3 c old-fashioned oats
2 c crispy rice cereal ( I use Trader Joe's brand)
1/4 c coconut
1/4 c almond sliced
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c semi-sweet chocolate small chunks or mini chips
Line a 9" x 13" baking pan with a Silpat or parchment paper and set aside.
In a large bowl, stir together oats, rice cereal, coconut and almonds.
Place butter, honey and brown sugar in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes, until the sugar dissolves. Stir often
Take of the heat and add the vanilla extract.
Pour the mixture over the oat mix.
Stir with a wooden spoon or a spatula to coat the dry mixture evenly.
Scrape the cereal-honey mixture into the pan while pressing down to an even layer.
Sprinkle with chocolate chips and cover with cling wrap. Once covered, use the palm of your hand or a spatula to press the chocolate chips into the granola.
Let set for at least 2 hour.
Cut into bars or bites, your choice! Wrap bars in parchment paper.
Store in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks.