It’s the Monday after Halloween, and there are mountains of candy lying around your house, just asking to be eaten by your kids … or, worse yet, you! What’s a parent to do? Here’s the answer. Use the candy in this recipe, adapted from Once Upon a Chef, to make gluten-free, nut-free, chewy granola bars.
Throw in chopped up snack-size chocolates, M&M’s, Raisinets, candy corn … basically anything that’ll go with granola. This recipe is quick, easy (there’s no baking involved), and the bars can be stored in the freezer for future snacking. Yum!
Chewy Granola Bars With Halloween Candy Topping
– 6 tablespoons butter
– 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
– 1/3 cup honey
– 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
– 1/8 teaspoon salt
– 2 cups quick-cooking oats (not the old-fashioned kind)
– 1 3/4 cups Rice Krispies
– 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
– 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
– 1/2 cup chopped-up candies (chop to the size of chocolate chips)
1. In a large pot, combine the butter, brown sugar and honey. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Lower the heat, and simmer until the mixture is slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove the pan from heat, and stir in the vanilla and salt. Add the oats, Rice Krispies, sunflower seeds and flaxseed meal, and mix to combine.
2. Line a 9” x 13” baking pan with aluminum foil, and grease lightly. Transfer the mixture to the pan, and even it out by pressing down with a rubber spatula. Sprinkle the candy on top, and press down firmly with the spatula so it sticks. The mixture should be tightly compacted in the pan. Refrigerate at least 2 hours.
3. Using the foil, pick up the entire batch of granola, and transfer it to a cutting board. Cut the granola into rectangles with a sharp knife. Package the bars separately in cling wrap so they won’t stick to each other.
For an even simpler way to use up your leftover Halloween candy (all you need is a tube of crescent-roll dough to make chocolate croissants!), check out our past post here.