Chewy granola barsPosted: Updated:
6 cups quick-cooking oats
3 ounces mixed dried fruit (Raisins are usually peanut/tree nut free.)
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup butter, melted
1 cup corn syrup (Karo brand is usually peanut/tree nut free)
1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips (Kroger brand are usually peanut/tree nut free - Fry's.)
1/2 cup flaked coconut (FDA considers coconuts to be a tree nut, see list of substitutions below.)
-In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Spread into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan (i.e. a cookie sheet with sides). Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Score with a spatula to make it easier to cut. Let cool in pan for about 10 minutes. After cooled completely, store in an airtight container or wrap bars individually in foil, saran wrap or waxed paper; twist end.
-Use a knife to cut into squares or cookie cutters to cut into shapes.
-Add your favorite frosting to make it more of a dessert type treat.
-Have fun with this recipe. Other substitutions for the dried fruit and coconut can include: Rice Krispies, Golden Grahams (lightly crushed), Chocolate Cheerio's, raisins, pretzels (chopped), or other favorite treat.
-For butter substitution try Earth Balance Organic Vegan Spreads/Sticks.
-For dairy/wheat/gluten/treenut/peanut substitution try Enjoy Life chocolate chips or chocolate bar (chopped) as a substitution.
-For corn syrup substitution try using honey
Yield: about 3 dozen.
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