4 Tbsp Butter
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1/4 Cup Honey
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
2 Cups oatmeal
1 Cups rice krispies cereal
1/2 cup raisins or 1/2 cup chocolate chips or 1/2 cup mini m&m's
1/4 cup pecans (or other favorite nut)
1/4 cup coconut
2 Tbsp flax (you knew it would be in there!)
2 Tbsp almond butter (in place of 2Tbsp butter)
Combine butter, sugar, and honey in a small sauce pan. Combine all other ingredients in a large bowl and mix. Heat the butter mixture until boiling. Boil for 2 minutes, then remove from heat and stir in vanilla and cinnamon. Pour into the dry ingredients and mix until evenly coated. If you are using chocolate chips, add them now and stir them in. That way they won't melt. :)
Spray a bar pan and press the granola into the pan. Cool in the fridge for at about 30 minutes, then slice into bars. You an also press them into muffin pans. They make cute, individual servings this way.
In these pictures, I added the following optional ingredients: raisins, pecans, coconut, and flax.
Now...you may have guessed that I don't follow the recipe exactly. I originally modified this recipe from a bunch of recipes I found online. The above recipe is what usually turns out best. When I make this recipe, I usually cut the butter to 2Tbsp (they are moister with 4Tbps, but I personally don't miss it...the bars in the pictures are made with only 2 Tbsp butter) and I skimp on the sugar. Sometimes I cut it in half, sometimes I just don't fill the measuring cup all the way. :) I'm a lazy cook. But...just know that you can modify almost all recipes and they usually turn out just great.
If you adjust the sugar or butter and yours don't stick together, just eat it as granola. It's so good! And easy! Then up the amounts next time. :)
If you try these and come up with any other good extras or use a different grain (or cereal), let me know. I'd love to try different varieties.