These were a big hit. First time I made these I didn't have any dry milk and they turned out too gooey but still tasted great (I probably should have tried adding extra ground oatmeal instead?). Anyway, this time I made them exactly per directions and they were perfect. I used semi sweet chocolate chips and craisins, and baked them in a 9-13 pan. (Made 16 bars.)
These taste delicious but I had an problem with mine sticking to the aluminum foil and I did butter it generously. With that issue they were not able to be removed in bars. I did omit a few of the ingredients not sure how that could have played a part in sticking. I used whole almonds with their skin, which I ground of course, no wheat germ as we are allergic to gluten, no flax seeds as I did not have them on hand, organic chocolate puffed brown rice cereal, no dry milk powder as we are milk free, sea salt, canola oil to be soy free, creamed honey in a bit lesser amount, halal vanilla paste, plus the rest of the ingredients besides the optionals. I increased the puffed rice and oats to make up for the left out dry ingredients.
I made these with chocolate puffed rice so I omitted the chocolate chips. I didn't add the raisins because one son dislikes them. They were very nice. I did reduce the oil by 1 or 2 tbs. They came out just fine. I want to try these with regular cereal and add some cranberries too. Thank you Sharon!
This recipe make a nice addition to my slowly growing file of tasty bars for my other half to munch on at work, & I like having them available right here at home, as well! I did include the raisins in all the bars & the chocolate chips in half of them! Very, very nice, & a worthy recipe keeper! [Tagged & made in Please Review My Recipe]
One of my sons is a cross country runner and goes through a lot of expensive granola/energy bars. He gave this recipe 2 thumbs up and said they were the best. They sure are cheaper to make too! Thank you for sharing. Made for Holiday Photo Tag.