Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Peanut Butter Granola Treats

Something easy to make for St. Valentine's Day if you don't want chocolate!

We have not had a microwave in the Treehouse for very long; we never felt we needed one. But a relative donated his to us a little while back, so we've been experimenting with paper-bag popcorn and single-serving hot chocolate recipes. Yesterday Mama Squirrel decided to use up some of a giant batch of the DHM's granola by making some of these treats. The recipe is from where it's called Peanut Butter Granola Bars, but I don't think these are much like granola bars--they taste good (Ponytails says they're delicious, delectable AND yummy) but they didn't cut very neatly. So Treats, not Bars.

Peanut Butter Granola Treats

1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1 tbsp. butter or margarine
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter (you can eyeball this if you don't like scraping peanut butter out of a measuring cup)
2 cups granola cereal (homemade or storebought)

Combine sugar, syrup and butter in a medium bowl. Microwave on High until sugar dissolves, about 2 to 2 1/2 minutes, stirring once. Add peanut butter; mix until smooth. Blend in granola. Press mixture firmly into a greased 8-inch square pan. (We like to use a slightly smaller but deeper casserole, so you get fewer cookies but thicker ones.) Refrigerate until set, about 30 to 45 minutes. Remove from pan; place on cutting board; slice into bars and serve. [OR slice messily into pieces right in the pan.] Makes 16 bars.

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