If you’re a fan of chewy granola bars, and of Quaker Chewy bars in particular, this recipe tastes so much like the real thing, you may find yourself eating a ‘whole box’ in one sitting, just to get all the little chocolate chips! Sweet, chewy, and packed full of flavor – this is all the goodness of the original, without any of the barley, wheat and other gluteny stuff that makes us sick.
1/4 c oil (you may use any type you like, I prefer a neutral oil)
1/4 c packed light brown sugar
1/4 c honey, maple syrup, or corn syrup (I used honey)
2 c Gluten Free Old Fashioned Rolled oats (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
1 c Gluten Free Rice Cereal (I use Kellog’s Gluten Free rice krispies)
3 tbsp Better Batter Gluten Free Flour
To each recipe above (which makes one 9×13 pan) you will add:
For Smores: 1/4 c each semi sweet mini chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life) and either mini marshmallows or miniature freeze dried marshmallows (available in bulk online and at some bulk food stores)
For Peanut Butter/Chocolate Chip: 2 Tbsp peanut butter or alternative (I used Wowbutter), 1/2 c miniature chocolate chips, divided (I used enjoy life), 1/4 c peanut butter chips (I omitted for peanut free version)
For Cinnamon Raisin: 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 c raisins
TO prepare: grease an 9×13 cake pan, and line with parchment paper or release foil so that a ‘lip’ of 2 or more inches hangs off of each side. Grease the parchment or release foil. Grease a second sheet of foil or parchment for pressing purposes and have a second pan (such as a 9×13 pan) ready for pressing purposes.
In a large, microwave proof bowl, mix together oil, brown sugar, and honey/syrup, mixing well to combine. Microwave for 2 minutes, or until boiling hard. If making in a saucepan, bring to a boil and boil hard for 2 minutes.
While oil/sugar is cooking, mix together oats, crisp rice cereal, and Better Batter flour until well combined.
Remove the oil mixture from heat/microwave and pour into oat mixture, stir quickly to combine – mixture should stick together immediately. VERY gently add Add-Ins, if desired, to mixture, reserving apart half of Add-Ins where noted to divide (such as chocolate chips).
Immediately turn out into the greased/lined pan. Taking the prepared second sheet of foil and the pan, apply pressure evenly across the pan, until you ‘flatten’ ‘ all of the granola mixture into the pan to a depth of about 1/2 inch.
Allow to cool for about 20 minutes before lightly sprinkling with remaining ‘add ins’. Cut into bars and remove from pan. Allow to cool completely before wrapping or storing in an air tight container.