These are good!
Chewy Oatmeal Snack Bars
1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup maple syrup (use the real stuff if you can, even if you have to put a spigot in a maple tree… 40 gallons of sap make one gallon of syrup so plan accordingly)
2/3 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups quick cooking oats (I use steel cut oats and pulse them a bit in the food chopper)
1 cup wheat germ
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 cup dried cherries or cranberries
Grease the bottom of a 13x 9 pan.
Melt butter in a 2 quart saucepan over med heat. Stir in brown sugar and maple syrup; heat to boiling. Boil 1 minute, stirring frequently; remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla until mixture is smooth.
Stir remaining ingredients into peanut butter mixture, mixing well. Press evenly in pan. Cover and refrigerate about 2 hours, cut into bars. Store covered in refrigerator.
I keep them wrapped in wax paper in the fridge as I’m willing to admit certain older kids in this house consider it work to have to wrap a granola bar. They would rather go with their friends to the corner store at lunch and buy a cinnamon roll. Remember those days?