Sweet & Salty Chewy Bars

I made a variation of these oatmeal bars as a road trip snack a few months ago…and LOVED them! Little man approved as well, but the husband found them a little sweet for his taste {crazy}. The original recipe is from Ms. Rachael Ray, and I’ve adapted it quite a bit for what I usually have on hand. Not only are these super easy, delicious, and affordable; but, they’re extremely versatile.

Ingredients:

4 Tbsp. Unsalted Butter
1/2 C. Light Brown Sugar
1/4 C. Honey
2 C. Quick Oats
1 C. Rice Krispies
1/2 C. Semisweet Mini Chocolate Chips
4-8 Pretzel Rods

Start out by stirring the butter, brown sugar and honey over medium-high heat until boiling. Once your mixture hits boiling, turn the heat down to medium-low until the sugar is fully melted.

Meanwhile, crush your pretzels. Don’t crush them too fine, though, or you won’t get the great flavor out of them.

In a mixing bowl combine the pretzels, chocolate chips, oats and rice krispies.

Add the dry ingredients to your melted butter mixture and stir until everything is saturated.

Put your oats into a pan and flatten to your preferred thickness.

I generally use a 9×13 casserole dish and fill it half way with the oat mixture which makes the bars pretty thick. I’ve also chilled them in a cookie sheet for a thinner bar.

Chill in the fridge for 15-30 minutes and cut into squares or bars.

If you plan on keeping these as a special snack just for you, I would recommend hiding the evidence immediately, because you will be found out and have to share!

I love how the chocolate chips melt to take over the whole bar, and the pretzels provide a nice salty crunch while the honey makes these bars ooey-gooey. They’re SO delicious!

The best thing about this recipe is that it can be adapted to any flavor profile {I’m even working on a lightened-up version}. You can add in raisins, coconut, dried fruit, cinnamon, apples, potato chips, almonds, peanut butter…the possibilities are endless!

Sweet & Salty Chewy Bars
 
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Recipe type: Snacks
Ingredients
  • 4 Tbsp. Unsalted Butter
  • ½ C. Light Brown Sugar
  • ¼ C. Honey
  • 2 C. Quick Oats
  • 1 C. Rice Krispies
  • ½ C. Semisweet Mini Chocolate Chips
  • 4-8 Pretzel Rods
Instructions
  1. Stir the butter, brown sugar, and honey in a pot over medium-high heat until boiling. Once boiling, turn the heat down to medium-low until the sugar is melted.
  2. Meanwhile, crush your pretzels (but not too fine).
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the crushed pretzels, chocolate chips, oats, and rice krispies. Add these ingredients into your melted butter mixture and stir until everything is coated.
  4. Put your oats into a pan and flatten to your preferred thickness. (I use a 9x13 casserole dish cover half the dish with the mixture for thick bars).
  5. Chill in the fridge for 15-30 minutes, and cut into squares or bars.
Notes
The best thing about this recipe is that it can be adapted to any flavor profile. You can add in raisins, coconut, dried fruit, cinnamon, apples, potato chips, almonds, peanut butter…the possibilities are endless!

 

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