A couple of people asked, so we interrupt the usual form of OLM to say "here it is":
Chewy Peanutbutter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
1/2 cup corn syrup
(note - if you're not making chocolate chip, honey is delicious in this recipe, but I'd only use it if you're making nut and fruit bars, not pb and chocolate - it's too sweet, and not that great of a combo)
1/2 cup brown sugar you may want to see if less will do - might be too sweet for some, though they are fine for me :)
2/3 cup peanut butter
2 cups rice crispies (if you're using brown rice cereal, keep all the brown sugar - it tends to leave things bland)
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned (thick) rolled oats
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup nuts, raisins, coconut, seeds, or dried fruit (this is optional)
handful of chocolate chips (optional)
Bring the brown sugar and honey or corn syrup to a boil, as soon as it boils remove it from heat. Add the vanilla and peanut butter and stir it.
Toss your oats, rice cereal, and nuts or fruits in a bowl.
Pour the (now cooled some) brown sugar mixture over your cereal, and mix it up either with a wooden spoon or your hands. When it's about done, add your chocolate chips if you're using them. (Save them, because they'll melt from the heat.)
Press the mixture firmly into either an 11x7 or 8x8 inch greased pan and cut them when they're cooled.
I use an 8x8, and so I cut them with a pizza roller about an inch wide, and then twice more across, making them about 1 x 2 1/2 inches. They're dense and thick, so this size works for us.
Either wrap them individually, or put them in a sealed container to keep them chewy.