Gift-worthy Homemade Granola Bars

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Homemade Granola Bars

2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal, uncooked

2 cups Rice Krispies (or cereal of your choice)

1 cup nuts (I use sliced almonds and chopped dry-roasted peanuts)

1 cup dried fruit (I use dried blueberries and chopped apricots)

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1/4 cup flaxseeds (optional)

1-1/2 cups dark corn syrup

3/4 cup peanut butter

Preheat oven to 350.  In a small saucepan, cook the peanut butter and corn syrup on medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes.  Pour dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl.  Pour peanut butter/corn syrup mixture over the dry ingredients and mix well.

Place parchment paper in a large baking sheet.  Pour the mixture onto the parchment.  Top with another sheet of parchment, and press flat.  You can try to roll it with a rolling pin, but it’ll slide all over the place unless you’ve got a third hand that can hold it still.

Bake for 15 minutes.  Keep an eye on the edges, they can burn easily.

While this is baking, find your favorite photos, and insert them into Microsoft Word.  Add the holiday message of your choice.  I found that a 3″ tall x 5″ wide image area is just right for a 2″x4″ granola bar.  I like to add a little text box that lists all the ingredients just in case the recipient has any food allergies or aversions.

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When the granola bars are done cooking, allow them to cool completely.  Slide them out on the parchment paper onto a cutting board, and cut them into 2″ strips.  You can vary the length to whatever you want in order to get the most bars and the least waste.  (Like any of it goes to waste, ha!)

Get some heavy-duty foil and make some sheets about 6″x8″ (I’m guesstimating).  Fold them like so…

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Cut your photo-wrappers to size, about 4″x6″.  Wrap them around your foil-wrapped bars like so…

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Easy!

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