Saturday, March 8, 2014

Biscoff Granola Bars

It's been awhile since I've made a good granola bar. We go in spurts with our snacks or treats and they just haven't been in the rotation lately. They're also something I'd rather make myself and not buy store bought, as with pretty much any sort of treat.

Our six year old had Girl Scouts this week and it was our turn to bring snack. I was trying to think of something a little more healthy to bring but she insisted on my making some granola bars to share. It gave me the chance to tinker around and create a new version. One that they all loved and certainly didn't last long!

During our spending strike in February, I think one of the ingredients I missed most was the biscoff cookie spread. It's fun to incorporate into desserts and I like it on my bagel once in awhile. Because it is almost $4 for a jar, I try to make the jar last as long as possible. It's really a splurge and not something that we need to buy often.

But it was certainly a fun and delicious addition to these granola bars! Combined with just a little bit of chocolate, they are quite good. Peanut butter or really any nut butter can be substituted, in fact the girls are already requesting a peanut butter and chocolate batch. Soon girls, soon.

Biscoff Granola Bars

2 cups old-fashioned oats
2 cups rice krispie cereal
pinch of salt
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup biscoff spread

In a medium saucepan, combine honey, syrup and biscoff spread. Let melt over low heat until well combined. Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine oats, cereal and salt. Once biscoff mixture is melted, pour over dry ingredients and stir well to combine. Fold in chocolate chips.

Immediately pour mixture into a 8x8-inch baking pan and press down using hands. Let cool for at least an hour or until easy to handle. Cut into 12 bars. Store extras in an airtight container at room temp or in freezer.

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