With this "Sirious Experiment" I was attempting to come up with a recipe for Granola Bars. However, when you think of a granola bar, you think healthy snack... right? Yeah well, in this recipe, when the sugar and the butter and the chocolate and the peanut butter turned into a creamy goo of joyful lusciousness I decided... not a granola bar. Something else, something with a really long title: Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunchy Oat Clusters. Do not let me confuse you - these are not a healthy snack but they are goooood.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunchy Oat Clusters
2 cups oats
1 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup mini chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 325. Spread out oats and almonds on a baking sheet. Like so!
Toast in oven for 10-15 minutes. You will know they are done when you can smell them. Or when they turn golden. Turn down oven temp to 300.
In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
Add honey, brown sugar, peanut butter, vanilla, almond extract and cinnamon and whisk until creamy.
Combine oats/almonds and mini chocolate chips in a bowl.
Pour peanut butter mixture over oats and stir.
Grease or spray mini muffin tins. Spoon chocolate oats into each tin.
Bake for 10 minutes. The End!
By the way, I bought 250 of those plastic to-go containers for next to nothing. They're amazing! Makes it so easy to give your baked goods AWAY. So they're not sitting on your COUNTER. For you TO EAT.