If I was in school this semester, it would be finals week for me. But I’m not in school. I’m not even employed right now. I have no reason to be stressed- but I should be stressed around this time of year, be it finals or work.
But you know what’s not stressful? These bars. Making them isn’t stressful. And eating them is FAR from stressful. (Although stopping eating may be a bit stressful- they’re THAT good.)
So let’s break these babies down. They’re the same as 7 layer bars- minus two layers, making them magic bars. White Chocolate, chocolate chip cookies, and chocolate chips are all sandwiched between sweetened condensed milk and a brownie crust. I had never made 7 layer bars before this. I had also been scared of working with sweetened condensed milk before- namely because I have no idea what it actually is. Now I’m over that fear, and I see many more magic bars in my future.
Back to these bars. My mom and I can’t stop eating them. I’m hoping there will be enough for other people to try in the next few days!
Yeilds 20 bars.
1 box brownie mix
6 Tbs butter, melted.
3/4 c white chocolate morsels, or finely chopped baking bar
1/2 c semi- sweet chocolate chips
1 140z can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup crumbled chocolate chip cookies + additional cookies for topping. (I used store brand soft baked cookies)
Preheat oven to 350˚. Line 9×11 pan with aluminum foil and set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine butter and brownie mix. Add more butter if necessary Press in the bottom of prepared pan.
Sprinkle white chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate over the crust. Add crumbled cookies and pour sweetened condensed milk over top. Add more cookies if desired.
Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until middle is set. 15 minutes into baking, pull out and fold the edges of the foil over so the edges of the bars don’t brown.
I. Love. Luna bars. In fact, they’re pretty much a staple for me when I’m at school and have an early morning class. Paired with coffee, that’s my usual 8AM class breakfast.
However, Luna bars are so expensive! $5.50 for a box of six? No thanks, I’ll pass. Wanting to enjoy the deliciousness of Luna bars but still wanting to save money, I looked up how to make my own. Needless to say, I was slightly disappointed when I found only three or four recipes, and nearly all were variations of the same one sourced to Chocolate Covered Katie. Not only that, they contained ingredients that were hard to find or I hadn’t heard of- Agave isn’t something I usually have around my house, and I had never even heard of brown rice syrup.
So I decided to create my own, with simple ingredients you probably already have sitting around your pantry, or can just run over to your basic, non- specialty grocery store for. That place down the street that’s even simpler than Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods.
Honey, Rice Crispies, Oatmeal, Nut butter, and dark chocolate make up the cast of characters in my Luna Bars. All easy to get and good for you! Yes, dark chocolate IS good for you in small amounts. My father, the doctor, says so. Anti-oxidants and all that Jazz.
These are softer and chewier than your standard Luna bar, due to the usage of all-natural peanut butter and the addition of quick oats. But as my grandmother would say, that’s just how you know they’re homemade! The best part about these bars- they’re no bake; making them the perfect summer recipe- no suffocating heat coming from your oven, and excellent running fuel.
Luna bars that are just as good for you but much cheaper than the storebought version!
2¼ C Rice Crispy Cereal
¾ C quick oats (If you only have rolled oats, you can make quick oats by pulsing them in a food processor or blender a few times.)
1 C Peanut butter (or other nut butter if you prefer)
1 scant C honey
1½ Tbs cocoa powder
1 6 0z dark chocolate baking bar (I used ghirardelli 60% cocoa baking bar)
Line a square 8x8 or 9x9 cake pan with wax paper and set aside
Mix together cereal, oats, and cocoa powder in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
In a microwave safe bowl, melt the peanut butter and honey in the microwave for 30 seconds and mix together until smooth and combined. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix in, making sure all of the cereal is coated and all of the oats and cocoa are incorporated.
press into the prepared pan. place another piece of wax paper and press down, making sure the mixture is spread across the entire pan.
Chill for 5-10 minutes in the refrigerator. While chilling, melt the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments, stirring between each, until the chocolate is melted. Pour on the cereal mixture. Chill for 30-60 minutes in the freezer before cutting and serving.
When storing, if staking the bars, place a piece of wax paper between each layer to prevent the bars from sticking to one another.