Buh-bye Quaker! Hello home-made granola bars! Mmmm! So soft and chewy!
Honey Oat Granola Bars
4 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup chopped salted peanuts
1 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup sunflower kernels
3/4 cup butter, melted
2/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a large bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, peanuts, chocolate chips and sunflower kernels. Stir in the butter, honey, and vanilla extract until well combined. Mixture will still be crumbly. Press into a greased-parchment paper lined 15x10x1 inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until browned and bubbly. Cool for fifteen minutes on a wire rack. Cut into squares. Allow to cool completely before removing from the pan.
I keep mine stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. The cold helps them keep their shape and from sticking together.