I posted this base recipe back in September. I just whipped up another batch to take to work this week. It’s a very forgiving, flexible recipe, so I thought I’d post some ideas on how to vary the ingredients to get your very favourite combination.
First choice: Cereal (4 ½ cups total)
Oatmeal is the base – keep at between 2 ½ cups and all 4 ½ cups
Other options: rice crispies, puffed wheat, Kashi Puffs, Cheerios, bran flakes... any non-sugar cereal
Second choice: Flour-ish stuff (1 cup total)
Whole wheat flour is the default choice. You could sub up to ½ cup with:
Ground flax seed, wheat bran, oat bran, wheat germ, protein powder etc.
Third choice: Fruit puree
I use banana, but any fruit will add some moisture and a bit of flavour.
Applesauce, pureed prunes, pureed peaches, mashed pears.
Fourth choice: Sweeteners
The honey is important for stickiness, but corn syrup would work. White or brown sugar doesn’t matter much. Could add a little molasses in place of some of the honey.
Fifth choice: Candy
The recipe calls for 1 cup of chocolate chips. I usually go with about ½ cup. Other options:
Dark chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, peanut butter chips, Reeses pieces, anything that works in cookies.
Sixth choice: Dried fruit
Raisins is the default, but of course you could try:
Dried cherries, apples, blueberries, mango, pineapple, etc.
Last choice: Nuts
Almonds, peanuts, walnuts... whatever you like, or none at all. I was out of nuts, so I subbed ¼ c peanut butter for ¼ c honey.
There you have it! A thousand combinations of deliciousness.