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This is one killer granola bar.

It’s chewy, bound together with caramel and tastes like a buttered Rice Krispies treat all grown-up with toasted nuts and oats and a little kick of salt.

And it’s only 120 calories a bar. 

I’ve tried SO MANY granola recipes — all of which were either too hard, too crunchy or just fell apart. I even made a spongy batch once with pumpkin puree.

The first time I bit into these chewy granola bars, I did a happy dance, which the kids found pretty funny.

I knew right away…this recipe is THE ONE. The best. The granola bar I’ve been searching for.

I’ve made these bars at least a dozen times since.

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I’ve been making this simple caramel sauce for awhile now, long before I ventured into the slightly trickier dry sugar-to-caramel method.

I still like this one the best.

Dark brown sugar gives the caramel a deeper flavor, while a hefty sprinkle of sea salt keeps the sweetness in check.

Plus, it has a bit of that buttered rum thing going on.

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I want to start by talking about this here cake — it’s dark, sauced-up, spiked, fabulous.

Yummy for breakfast, wrapped up in a piece of parchment, eaten on the way to…wherever.

It’s even better for dessert, drizzled over in brandy caramel, next to a scoop of soft French vanilla, at home, watching “Game of Thrones” or “Justified” or just reading a cookbook on the couch next to Chris.

I’ve been away for too long I think. Almost a month. Feels like forever.

It’s time to bake. Seriously bake.

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