1 ½ cups regular crispy rice or brown rice cereal
1 ½ cups quick-cooking oats
½ cup honey (or brown rice syrup)
¼ cup brown sugar
½ cup smooth, natural peanut butter (you can substitute almond butter). *See Sir Sidney’s Science Tip!
½ cup any combination of chopped peanuts and/or crushed dried banana chips (really you can use any nut, dried fruit, or even coconut here)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup CHILLED mini chocolate chips
(Optional) 2 Tablespoons seeds such as chia, flax, or sunflower
(Optional) banana chips for garnish
- Wash your hands.
- Lightly grease a 13 x 9-inch or 11 x7-inch pan with butter or cooking spray and/or line with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients EXCEPT brown sugar and chocolate chips.
- (Adult) Combine brown sugar and honey in a saucepan and bring to a gentle boil over medium heat.
- Immediately remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla.
- Pour over dry ingredients and mix to combine.
- Add chocolate chips (the mixture will start to harden so work FAST).
- Transfer to your greased pan and press down VERY HARD with either clean wet hands, wax paper, or a lid.
- Garnish with banana chips (optional).
- Chill and cut into bars.
*Sir Sidney’s Science Tip: One easy way to measure ½ cup of sticky peanut butter is to fill a one cup liquid measuring cup with ½ cup COLD water. Add peanut butter (making sure that it is completely under the water) until the water level reaches the 1 cup mark. Pour off the water, and you will be left with ½ cup peanut butter. In science, we call this water displacement. Next time you take a bath, see if you notice it happening in your tub.
Happy Cooking from Princess Rain and Sir Sidney Dragon