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Wednesday, September 14, 2005 

No-Bake Granola Bars

Christy made these the other day. I made them for the boys - they LOVE them! Christy gave a good tip - add a bit more corn syrup & brown sugar to help keep them together.

2 1/2 cups crisp rice cereal
2 cups quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk chocolate morsels (I used semi-sweet)

COMBINE first 3 ingredients in a large bowl; set aside.
BRING brown sugar and syrup to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly; remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla until blended.
POUR peanut butter mixture over cereal mixture, stirring until coated; let stand 10 minutes.
STIR in chocolate morsels. Press mixture into 13- x 9-inch pan; cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

I actually pressed them in the pan & THEN pressed the chocolate chips on top (as I had seen Christy do). Whatever you like!