These chocolate chip granola bars come together within 15 minutes, ready for a homemade snack you can share with your kids’ friends.
1/3cuplight brown sugar
1teaspoonpure vanilla extract
2 1/2cupsquick oats
Butter the bottom and sides of an 8x8-inch baking pan, then line with parchment paper. (The butter is to help the parchment paper stick to the bottom and sides of pan.) Set aside.
Melt the butter in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Stir in the honey, brown sugar and vanilla. Whisk frequently until the sugar is dissolved and turns into liquid. Remove pan from the heat and use a wooden spoon to mix in the oats. Stir for 3 minutes.
Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking pan. Use the back of a spatula or your hands to evenly spread the granola mix and press into the pan. Quickly press the chocolate chips over top.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes before cutting into 12 individual rectangles. Wrap individually in plastic wrap and store in fridge.