Chewy Granola Bars
I used to have a granola bar for breakfast everyday until, well; I got tired of it and switched to cereal with milk. Lately, my breakfast has been consisting of a multi-grain waffle with maple syrup or a whole wheat English muffin with peanut butter and honey. I tend to stay in the cereal/grain family when it comes to my breakfast choices. I need my carbs and fiber in the morning or it’ll be a long one and I’ll be cranky until my lunch break comes to the rescue; hopefully before major damage has been done.
The latest change as of yesterday is a switch back to granola bars. Unlike in the past, this time I made my own. I’ve always bought the soft, chewy kind, but it was never chewy enough for me. Despite having had it for a long time, I was never totally satisfied when I opened the wrapper to a hard and sticky mass of oats and whatever else held it together and prolonged its shelf life.
This granola, however, is very easily chewable and bursts with the natural and irresistible goodness of butter, brown sugar and maple syrup. The preparation is super easy and yields about 8 bars which, according to my initial plan, were going to last me the whole week but are down to half already. I guess I can’t make them last long when I’ve been having them for breakfast, snack and dessert. As you probably noticed, I’m a minimalist when it comes to making granola. Couldn’t I have thrown in some sunflower seeds or raisins? Anything to make them more exciting, for the love of God? You may make them busier of course. I can’t handle too much excitment early in the morning. I prefer them simple and delicious!
Chewy Granola Bars
¾ stick unsalted butter
¾ cup brown sugar
¼ cup maple syrup
3 ½ cups quick rolled oats
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease an 6-inch square pan.
In a medium saucepan, melt the butter, sugar, maple syrup and salt over medium heat. Incorporate the oats and mix well with a wooden spoon. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and level out the surface with a spatula. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Wait until it is completely cool (3 to 4 hours) before cutting and unmolding the bars.