Food to calm the monkeys in your house.
This pay period is tight. I mean super tight. I’m scrapping to have gas to get the kids to school. I ran out of yummy treats for their lunch bags. Oh the horror. So yesterday I got cooking and made some baked goodness for them. I made banana bread muffins for breakfast, chocolate chip cookies for the desert and Chunky Monkey Granola Bars for their snack. I’m in love with the Chunky Monkey. I had it for lunch. My sister shared the recipe a few years back. She found it on the internet somewhere, so this is not my recipe. I just thought on this dreary rainy day I would share it with you. Enjoy.
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter or sunflower seed butter
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups quick oats
1/2 cup puffed rice
3/4 cup chopped dried banana chips
3/4 cup cup dark chocolate chunks or chocolate chips
Place an 8-inch by 8-inch square of parchment paper into the bottom of a pan of the same size.
Stir together the oats, puffed rice, walnuts, and banana chunks (break the banana chips up) in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan, melt the butter then stir in the brown sugar, honey, and peanut butter. Bring to a boil. Once it’s bubbling hard, let it boil for 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Be careful, it will bubble up when you add the vanilla!
Immediately pour over the dry ingredients and gently but quickly stir it in thoroughly. Turn it onto the parchment lined pan right away and press into the pan evenly. Sprinkle the chocolate chunks or chocolate chips over the pan and let stand, undisturbed, until the chocolate looks shiny, about 5 minutes. When the chocolate looks very shiny it should all be melted and can be spread evenly with a silicone/rubber spatula. Let stand until the chocolate has firmed back up.
Run a knife around the edge of the pan to loosen any chocolate that stuck to it, then turn the large block of granola bar onto a cutting board. Flip it chocolate side up and cut into bars of your desired size. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.