Chewy Granola Bars

makes 16 4 in x 1 in bars

4 tablespoons (2 oz) unsalted butter

2-3 tablespoons light brown sugar

2-3 tablespoon peanut butter

1/4 brown rice syrup or honey

2 cups of homemade or store bought granola

1 cup puffed rice cereal

1/2 cup thin pretzel sticks, broken

1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Line a 8x8 inch square baking pan with parchment paper leaving excess on the side.

In a large bowl combine the granola, puffed rice cereal and pretzel sticks.

In a small pot, bring the butter, brown sugar, peanut butter and rice syrup to a boil.  Lower the heat to a simmer and stir until sugar is completely dissolved, 2 minutes.  

Pour the sugar mixture over the granola mixture and mix thoroughly until all the granola is coated with the sugar.  Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and press firmly.  I like to use a piece of plastic wrap lightly sprayed with non-stick cooking spray over my hand to press.  Sprinkle the top with the mini chocolate chips and press firmly again.  Place in the refrigerator to set, about 20 minutes.   Cut into 16 bars.  Store in an air tight container for up to 4 days or  in the refrigerator for up to a week.  Enjoy!

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