If you're not a food blog reader, you've probably never heard of Biscoff. I never had, and I just bought my first jar yesterday. All I can say is wow. This stuff is the nectar of the gods. It's hard to explain the taste, but it's a sweeter peanut butter and it kind of tastes like a cookie. Apparently Delta used to serve Biscoff cookies on their flights. It's super good, and it's worth the $5/jar in my opinion. Unfortunately, you can't really taste it in these bars, so I don't know if I'd use it again in these. If you don't want to use/buy the Biscoff, you can just use peanut butter. Nutella probably would be good, too.
These bars are pretty easy to make, and they don't take a lot of time. You'll need a candy thermometer for when you cook the sugar mixture. Even though my bars have chocolate and candy in them, I figure they have to be a little healthier than processed granola bars--at least I know all the ingredients. You could add anything you want into these, too. This recipe is easily adjustable. I also halved this recipe because I really didn't need 16 bars.
Biscoff Trail Mix Granola Bars
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1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup honey
1/3 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup Biscoff (or peanut butter)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup almonds, sliced or slivered
1 cup peanuts
1 cup raisins
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter chips
1 cup M&Ms
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease a 9x13 pan.
Spread the oats, almonds, and peanuts on a large baking sheet and bake for 7-10 minutes until lightly browned. Stir intermittently.
In a large bowl, combine the raisins, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and M&Ms. When the oats/nuts are done browning, add them to the bowl.
In a medium saucepan, mix together sugar, honey, corn syrup, and water. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, reduce to medium, and cook until your candy thermometer registers 240 degrees (the soft-ball stage), about 8-10 minutes. Stir in the Biscoff, butter, salt, and vanilla.
Pour the sugar mixture over the oat/candy mixture and stir to combine everything. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan and press down into the pan with your hands or a piece of plastic wrap if it sticks to your hands. Let cool for 1 hour before slicing into bars (about 4 1/2 by 1 1/2 inches).
Source: Adapted from The Pastry Queen