I love Clif Bars and so do my kids, but I hate buying them. So, my training partner send me this recipe. My kids are wild for these things. I also made a batch for a soccer game and all of the kids went crazy. Even the hubby likes them. There are a lot of variations that you can find here, but this was the one I made. So, here is the recipe, enjoy.
Chocolate Chip Cookie
1 and 1/4 cups crisp rice cereal (e.g., I like Erwhon Crisp Brown, but Rice Krispies are fine)
1 cup uncooked quick-cooking oats
1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup finely chopped nuts or seeds (I used almonds)
1/3 cup brown rice syrup
1/2 cup nut butter (I used Almond Butter. It's cheap at Trader Joe's)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Optional: 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Combine the rice cereal, oats, and nuts in a large bowl.
Combine the syrup and nut butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until melted and well-blended (alternatively microwave in small microwave-safe bowl 30-60 seconds until melted). Stir in vanilla until blended.
Combine the cereal mixture with the syrup mixture, then let the combined mixture stand 10 minutes before adding the chips.
Pour nut butter mixture over cereal mixture, stirring until coated (use a wooden spoon at first, then get your hands in it. It will be sticky, but this way you can really coat everything. Just scrape off your hands when you're done). Press mixture firmly into an 8-inch square pan (sprayed with nonstick cooking spray) using a large square of wax paper (really tamp it down). Cool in pan on a wire rack and chill at least 30 minutes to help it set. Cut into 12 bars. (Wrap bars tightly in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator).