Eating something labelled “irresistible” sounds pretty good right about now…
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
Add the butter and maple syrup to a medium pot set over medium heat and stir until melted, about 1 minute.
Add the salt and the peanuts to the pot, stirring until the peanuts are well-coated, about 2 minutes.
This is nice. I’m getting some distance from feeling drained and moving toward feeling accomplished.
Pour the peanut mixture out of the pot and spread it on the parchment lined cookie sheet. Set aside.
Process one cup of the oats (this will help the granola bars stick together) into a coarse grind and add it to a medium bowl. Then add the rice krispies, the rest (one and a half cups) of the untouched oats. Stir together then set aside.
It’s a bit of work but it’s not complicated.
Bring back the pot you were just using and set it over medium heat. Add the sugar and cook until it’s caramelized, 2 minutes. Add in the butter, honey, and salt, stirring well.
Turn off the heat. Add the oats mixture into the pot and stir until well coated. Set aside.
I feel like I’ve done this before…
Roughly chop the maple coated peanuts from the cookie sheet then add them to the pot with the oat mixture. Stir well.
Line an 8x8 square dish with parchment paper. Pour the oat mixture into the lined dish, pressing down firmly into the tray.
You can eat it now, but it won’t be set. If you wait about 20 minutes, it’ll hold its bar-shape.
Refrigerate until set – about 2 hours. (Note: when eaten directly out of the fridge the bars will be crispy. If after it’s set, it’s left out at room temperature it’ll be a little more on the gooey side, but it’ll still hold together nicely.)
Remove the granola from the tray and cut into bars.
These granola bars are comforting and pleasantly filling with a mix of flavours that work perfectly together. They’re here for you, to help and assist you, as you work toward getting your emotional energy back.