Chewy Cookie Butter Granola Bars

Makes about 10 bars

  • 1/4 c. butter, softened
  • 1/4 c. agave nectar (or honey)
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. cookie butter
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 2 c. quick oats (not rolled), toasted*
  • 1 c. unsweetened puffed rice cereal (like Rice Crispies)
  • 1 c. cinnamon chips
* Toasting is optional but delicious. To toast oats, spread on baking sheet and toast about 15 minutes at 350 F or until fragrant, stirring oats halfway through. Allow to cool on pan. 

1) For thicker bars, line 8" square pan with parchment paper or 9" square pan for thinner bars. In large bowl, combine oats and cereal; set aside. 

2) In saucepan, stir together butter, agave and sugar, stirring over low heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to medium-high until mixture begins bubbling. Reduce to low heat and allow to cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cookie butter, vanilla and salt. 

4) Pour cookie butter mixture over dry ingredients and stir immediately to evenly coat, making sure there aren't any dry pieces. Spread mixture into an even layer in prepared pan. Gently press cinnamon chips into surface of bars and refrigerate until firm. 

5) Cut into bars or squares and enjoy! 

Source: Adapted from Bakerita