Call it in – it’s time to get moving on this...
Line an 8x8 square dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
Process half a cup of the oats (this will help the granola bars stick together) into a coarse grind.
In a medium bowl, pour in the processed oats, the rest (two cups) of the untouched oats and the puffed rice. Stir together then set aside.
Not bad! We’re getting there...
In a medium pot, set over medium heat, melt the sugar until caramelized, 2-3 minutes. Mix in the butter until fully melted. Add the honey and stir well. Turn off the heat.
Stir the oats mixture into the pot until well coated.
It smells so good. I probably won’t wait long to eat it...
Stir in the chocolate chips.
Pour the oat mixture into the lined dish, pressing it firmly into the tray.
You can eat it at this point – it’ll be extra gooey but it’ll be super delicious, so use a spoon, or your hands!
Sprinkle extra chocolate chips on top and gently press them lightly into the granola bars.
Refrigerate for 2 hours until set. (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 the not-too-sweet iteration of the childhood favourite - which not only tastes good but also helps you stay on your feet. Remember, no one likes being hangry*!
*It’s probably best to avoid becoming hangry by listening to your body and eating when you’re hungry. Make these granola bars (or literally anything else) ahead of time and they will keep in the fridge or the freezer when you need them.