Dark Chocolate Granola Bars, posted by Mom2LegoManiacs

Dark Chocolate Granola Bars
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup honey
2 TBS reduced-fat peanut butter
1 egg white
1 TBS fat-free evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups Rice Krispies
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Combine first 7 ingredients. Combine the next 4 ingredients. Add to sugar mixture. Add remaining ingredients. Press into 13×9 inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes. Score surface with shallow cuts to make bars. Cool on wire rack.

Amy’s note: This is a very forgiving recipe. I am not a peanut butter fan, so I don’t use it. Also, I use regular milk instead of evaporated and it turns out just fine. I usually triple this recipe (they go fast in my house). When I triple it, I just add a whole bag of dark chocolate chips. Also I add a full cup of walnuts (to my tripled recipe). Also, you could use crasiens or even raisins instead of cranberries. (You get the idea) Also, I usually need to add a bit more milk thank what is calls for. It does need to be a thick mixture when you are done, however. Also, when you press it into the 13×9 inch pan, I usually place some waxed paper over it and press firmly. If you don’t press it firmly, it will be too crumbly when you go to cut it into squares. I put the squares in freezer bags and store in the freezer for an easy to-go snack.

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