Great trail snack. Healthy alternative to chocolate bars. I always have a few of these in my pockets when at the camp or out hunting or fishing or hiking. This is just the basic recipe. You could add dried fruit or berries or raisins to this.
Grease a 13x9 inch baking dish and a large spoon or spatula.
In a large mixing bowl combine the first 8 ingredients.
In a medium saucepan over medium low heat melt the butter.
Stir in the corn syrup or honey and add the vanilla and brown sugar.
Stir until the mixture starts just to bubble slightly. Do not boil the mixture it will burn easily.
Remove from the heat and stir in the peanutbutter until combined and smooth.
Pour the syrup-peanut butter mixture into the dry ingredients and mix together. You can add the chocolate chips now but they will melt into the mixture. I put them on the top at the end and just push them into the bars.
Once combined transfer to the greased baking dish and using the greased spoon or spatula (you can use your hands if you get them wet first) flatten the mixture into the pan.
Now is when I add the chocolate chips. Sprinkle them on top and just push them in with your fingers or the spatula.
While the mixture is still soft and warm use a knife and cut into 24 bars.
I store these in baggies 4 per bag in the refrigerator. They last a long time refrigerated but they also freeze well.