My son is allergic to nuts, so finding a granola bar for him was a challenge. But he loves these. They really do taste wonderful. A few things to know about this recipe - it doesn't do well if you cut it in half. It needs the full amount of ingredients to be able to hold together. Also, keep them chilled. If you do those two things, your bars will hold together beautifully. You can use any kind of flavored chip you want. Sometimes we use chocolate chips, but my son's favorite is butterscotch chips.
1In a large bowl, stir oats and rice cereal together.
3In a medium pot melt honey, butter, and brown sugar together over a medium heat.
4Let it start to bubble.
5Reduce heat: cook and stir for 2 minutes.
6Take pot off the heat and add vanilla. Stir.
7Pour over the dry mixture and mix well until all ingredients are incorporated. Work quickly.
8Pour into a 13X9 baking dish that has been sprayed well with baking spray.
9Press down really well until the top is flat. Take your time pressing - press *a lot*. This is what will help it hold together later.
10Sprinkle with desired toppings. I've found that it's easiest to pour the chips on and even them out, then press down on them individually, pressing them into the top of the granola. Sounds time consuming, but only takes about 5 minutes.
11Cool on the counter top for 20 minutes.
12Place granola in the refrigerator for 25 minutes. DO NOT skip this step! They will fall apart if they are not chilled.
13Cut into bars and keep stored in the refrigerator.