Homemade Healthy Chewy Granola Bars that gets done in just 5 mins.
Quick Cooking Oats – 2 cups
Puffed Rice / Pori / Murmura – 1 cup
Brown sugar – 1/4 cup
Butter / Oil – 1/4 cup(I used coconut oil)
Honey – 1/4 cup
Vanilla essence – 1 tspoptional
Chocolate chips – 1/4 cupoptional
Heat a pan and dry roast quick cooking oats over medium flame taking care not to burn it.
Transfer to a large bowl, add puffed rice, mix well and keep aside. Grease a square pan with oil and keep aside.
In a sauce pan, mix together oil, brown sugar and honey and heat over low flame. Simmer for 2 minutes till the sugar dissolves completely and small bubbles start forming around the corners and it becomes frothy.
Keep stirring continuously with a spatula. I used a balloon whisk.
Take off stove and add vanilla essence and mix well.
Immediately pour this mixture over the oats and krispies mix and with the help of a wooden spatula mix well. It will be hot, so if mixing by hand, you may wish to wear gloves.
Dump the entire contents into the greased pan and press well. I greased a flat bottomed small bowl on the outer side and used it to press and pack the bars tightly into the tray.
Sprinkle chocolate chips all over and press them into the mixture as well. Let it cool for 1-2 hours. Grease a knife with oil and cut them into slices and serve.
I believe this will keep well for 3-4 days at room temperature but it never lasted that long in my home for me to find out.
Instead of cutting into squares, when the mixture is still warm, you can make them into balls instead.