• Prep Time
    20 Mins
  • Cook Time
    0 Mins
  • Total Time
    20 Mins
  • The base number of servings for this recipe is 9
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    Chocolate and Chile Granola Bars

    This recipe was inspired by the rustic, spicy chocolate bars made in the traditional manner by Mayan families in Guatemala. Add as much chile as you require to feel the heat!


    Ingredients
    For the Granola
    1/2
    cup
    granulated sugar
    1/3
    cup
    oat flour
    1/2
    teaspoon
    salt
    1/4
    teaspoon
    ground cinnamon
    1
    teaspoon
    chile powder (check to make sure it's pure chile powder as some contain garlic and other spices)
    1
    cup
    roasted and unsalted almonds chopped roughly
    1
    cup
    chocolate chips or dark chocolate bar (roughly chopped)
    1/3
    cup
    peanut butter
    1
    teaspoon
    vanilla extract
    6
    tablespoons
    melted butter
    1/4
    cup
    honey; maple syrup or corn syrup
    2
    cups
    rolled oats
    For the Simple Syrup
    2
    tablespoons
    sugar
    1
    tablespoon
    water
    Directions
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 x 8 pan with butter or cooking spray.
    Make the simple syrup: In a small bowl, combine two tablespoons of sugar and one tablespoon of water. Heat in a microwave for about a minute (or on the stove) until sugar is completely dissolved into water and a syrup has formed. Keep warm until ready to mix.
    In separate bowls, combine dry ingredients, up to chocolate. Mix wet ingredients, including simple syrup, and whisk together until combine. Add wet ingredients to dry using a rubber spatula until completely absorbed. Mixture will be crumbly.
    Press oat mixture into the pan, applying pressure to pack the dough into the pan. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until golden brown. The mixture will still feel a little soft to the touch. Let cool completely; putting the pan in the refrigerator helps with this.
    Once cool, cut into nine pieces, or to desired size. Stores in the fridge for up to two weeks.

    The base number of servings for this recipe is 9
    OK

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