Strawberry Yogurt Granola Bars

Confession time… My sister and I used to babysit a lot growing up. Many families who we babysat for often said we could eat anything if we got hungry. Well… of course we couldn’t turn them down! So when we got hungry we looked to see what seemed yummy. This is when we discovered Nature Valley’s Strawberry Yogurt Granola Bars. We loved them so much that we spent our babysitting money to buy more! (yes, we were the nerdy girls who bought food -candy, junk food, exotic fruit, anything my mom didn’t buy regularly – with our babysitting money).
 
It has been years since I have eaten those granola bars, but when came up with my granola bar recipe that did not use peanut butter I began looking to see what type of granola bar I wanted to make next. Strawberry Yogurt Granola Bars came to mind and I was determined to try it out!
 
Of course, you can’t have yogurt-covered granola bars without the right yogurt dip. I knew regular yogurt wouldn’t work, because you have to keep it in the fridge, and it would, no doubt, make the granola bars mushy. Besides, the yogurt on the Nature Valley bars is like chocolate! If that has chocolaty yogurt, and the stuff on yogurt-covered pretzels also has it, then I knew I could buy it somewhere… probably online. I was right. Amazon sells a 16 ounce bag of Yogurt Chips for about $5.
 
I admit I didn’t get my yogurt chips from here though, because I wanted to try making the granola bars that day, and I couldn’t wait for shipping. I looked all over town for something similar, but came up with nothing. So I spent a half an hour scooping raisins our of a bowl of yogurt-covered raisins that I melted. I wouldn’t try it if I were you, it is pretty tedious… But if you are like me, and you aren’t afraid of monotony if the results are worth it, then be my guest! These granola bars will blow you away!
 

Ingredients:

Granola bars:
2 cups old fashioned oats
2 cups rice crispies
1/4 cup chopped freeze-dried strawberries
3 TBS oil
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup corn syrup

1 tsp vanilla extract

Yogurt covering:
1 cup Yogurt Chips
3 TBS strawberry powder (from freeze-dried strawberries)
1 tsp vegetable oil

Directions:

Combine the oats, rice crispies and strawberries in a mixing bowl and set aside. Combine the oil, honey, corn syrup and vanilla extract in a sauce pan. Heat over medium-high heat until the mixture is melted and quite runny (not quite boiling).
Pour the syrup mixture into the mixing bowl with the oats and rice crispies. Stir the mixture until everything is evenly coated.

Place parchment paper over a cookie sheet. Lightly spray the parchment paper with non-stick cooking spray. Scoop the oat mixture onto the cookie sheet and spread it out evenly. Let the bars cool slightly.

To make the strawberry powder, blend about 1/4 cup freeze-dried strawberries in a blender until fine and powdery. Melt the yogurt chips. Mix the strawberry powder and oil into the yogurt chips. Spread the yogurt mixture evenly over the granola bars, and let it cool completely.

Cut the bars into squares.

 

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