Nutella Chewy Granola Bars

granola bars3Funny thing. I tasted Nutella, probably back when it first came out. I did not like it. Wouldn’t go near it again. Did they maybe change its flavor a tad? I don’t know but I had it on my apple today.

I am not a big breakfast person. I will eat a granola bar first thing at work and then yogurt and peanut butter crackers later. I love breakfast burritos and other things eggs, but just not on a working day. Plus I don’t have time at 4:45am. But the other day I found a Chewy Granola Bar recipe (on my addiction to all things Pinterest). I searched other recipes but the one from Cooking Classy didn’t have eggs and appeared to be the easiest to make. Luckily someone had noted they tried Nutella so I gave it a go.

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What you’ll need

  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1 1/2 Multi Grain Cheerios cereal (crushed)
  • 1/2 cup crushed pecans
  • 3/4 cup Nutella
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

How to make it

  1. Line an 8 by 8-inch baking dish with aluminum foil leaving a 2-inch overhang.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, toss together oats and cereal, set aside.
  3. In a separate microwave safe mixing bowl, combine Nutella, honey, brown sugar and salt. Heat mixture on HIGH power for 1 minute, remove and stir. Return to microwave and heat on HIGH power 1 minute longer.
  4. Remove from microwave, pour in vanilla and whisk mixture for 30 seconds. Pour peanut butter mixture over oat mixture and toss well to evenly coat.
  5. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish, firmly press mixture into an even layer. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze 10 – 15 minutes or chill in refrigerator 30 minutes.
  6. Lift bars from dish using foil overhang and cut into squares. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy.
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If anyone has a suggestion on how to easily measure peanut butter (Biscoff or Nutella) I would love to hear. It is so hard to get out of the measuring cup.
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