At home I can easily get muesli bars on the table a few times in the course of a week. The boys love muesli bars and I think it is easy to work with and quickly, if you find the right recipes - and then they can be made in many different ways, so it is not the same thing day in and day out. We quite like the sweet snacks, and my 5 boys LOVE it. But to do it a little differently sometimes,I make muesli bars with cranberry instead of chocolate, you have to realize chocolate is the one hitter at home.Crunchy, tasty, delicious, sweet granola bars to suit themselves in the oven while you take care of the cleaning.
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter or canola oil, plus additional for the pan and for your hands
- 2 cups mixed flaked grain cereal or rolled oats
- ½ cup flaxseed meal
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt (optional)
- ⅓ cup honey or agave syrup
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup chopped bittersweet chocolate or chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Generously butter or oil a 9-by-9-inch metal or glass baking pan.
- Melt the butter over medium heat in a wide saucepan. Add the flaked grains or oats. Stir over medium heat until the grains are lightly toasted, taking care not to let them burn. Stir until they are beginning to smell toasty and have slightly darkened, six to seven minutes. Remove from the heat, and transfer to a bowl. Add the flaxseed meal, the cinnamon and the salt. Wipe the pan clean.
- Combine the honey, vanilla and brown sugar in the pan in which you toasted the oats. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil five minutes. Pour over the oat mixture, and stir until it is evenly distributed over the mixture. Allow to cool for five minutes, then stir in the chocolate pieces.
- Scrape into the pan, and spread evenly. Place in the oven for 20 minutes. Do not allow to brown or the bars will be hard instead of chewy. Remove from the heat, and allow to cool. Cut into 16 to 20 pieces, and store in an airtight container.