chewy choco bars

what’s 1 inch by 4 inches and reminds me of my packed school lunches from childhood?

chewy chocolate chip granola bars!

i’ve had a crazy craving for these lately, but with the recent realization that most oats are processed with wheat flour (WHY would they taint something so pure?!), i couldn’t risk indulging on the tasty ones sold at the food store

so to my kitchen i went – i whipped up a batch of these babies this weekend, and mannnn are they tasty! no baking needed. a little saucepan action and mixing some ingredients together in a bowl. the hardest part was patiently waiting for them to set up and come to room temp so they weren’t a crumbly mess. i wrapped them all up separately so i could take them to work in my packed lunch – just like old times :0)

makes 16 bars

nonstick cooking spray
1 3/4 c. gluten free quick cooking oatmeal
1 1/4 c. gluten free crisp rice cereal
1/3 c. lightly packed light brown sugar
1/3 c. vegetable oil
1/3 c. honey
1/2 c. min semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Spray an 8″ x 8″ baking dish with nonstick cooking spray, set aside.
2. Mix the oatmeal and rice cereal in a large bowl, set aside.
3. In a saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the brown sugar, vegetable oil and honey to a gentle boil. Add to the oatmeal and rice cereal mixture and combine everything until it’s all coated.
4. Pour this mixture into the baking dish then sprinkle with the chocolate chips. Use the back of a kitchen spoon to press everything down into the pan. When it’s cool to the touch, cut it into 16 (1″ x 4″) bars.


also indulged upon this weekend were the fluffiest pumpkin-y cookies i have ever tasted. if my SIL is reading this and wants to pass on that recipe, i’ll put that in a post this week. they would make for a perfect ending to a heavy thanksgiving dinner!

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Susan on 2012/10/15 at 14:49

    No that the Mama has to be off gluten as well (and Da Pa too), this is a nice recipe to keep on hand, especially about 3pn at work when I’m getting tired.


    • Posted by Mel on 2012/10/15 at 14:57

      I had to get it from somewhere! They taste just like the ones you used to send us to school with. They’re even JC approved!!


  2. Posted by DePa on 2012/10/15 at 18:16

    YEAHHHHHH!!!!! Great to see a post.Info from Dr DV says steel cut oats are OK to eat.
    Steel-cut oats are whole grain groats (the inner portion of the oat kernel) which have been cut into pieces. They are commonly used in Scotland and Ireland to make porridge, whereas rolled oats are used in England, other English-speaking countries, and Scandinavia. They are sometimes named after the grade of cut, e.g. pinhead oats; steel-cut oats from Ireland are sometimes called Irish oats.

    Billy got them for me on our offshore trip this past week, YUMMY


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