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Homemade Granola Bars

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Have you ever made homemade granola bars? It’s actually really easy and I’ve been making them quite a bit lately. The best part is they can be customized any way you like.

In large bowl, stir together oatmeal, oat cereal, rice cereal, marshmallows, pretzels, and dried cranberries.

Grease an 8×8 inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.

Combine brown sugar and honey in a small saucepan over medium-low heat.  Heat just until boiling then stir in peanut butter. Turn heat down to low.

Stir continuously until smooth. Heat until peanut butter mixture thins out and begins to bubble very slightly along the edges.

Pour peanut butter mixture over dry ingredients and mix well.
Press mixture into prepared pan.
*Important* – make sure you use a spatula to really press the mixture down and compact it as best you can. Otherwise the bars will fall apart and be difficult to eat.
Place pan in refrigerator for 1 hour. Remove and cut into bars.

Store in airtight container. Eat and enjoy!

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups oatmeal
1 cup oat cereal
1 cup rice cereal
3/4 cup marshmallows
1/2 cups pretzel pieces
1/3 cup dried cranberries
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup honey
1/2 cup peanut butter

Directions

  1. In large bowl, stir together oatmeal, oat cereal, rice cereal, marshmallows, pretzels, and dried cranberries.
  2. Grease an 8×8 inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. Combine brown sugar and honey in a small saucepan over medium-low heat.
  4. Heat just until boiling then stir in peanut butter. Turn heat down to low.
  5. Stir continuously until smooth. Heat until peanut butter mixture thins out and begins to bubble very slightly along the edges.
  6. Pour peanut butter mixture over dry ingredients and mix well.
  7. Press mixture into prepared pan. *Important* – make sure you use a spatula to really press the mixture down and compact it as best you can. Otherwise the bars will fall apart and be difficult to eat.
  8. Place pan in refrigerator for 1 hour. Remove and cut into bars.
  9. Store in airtight container. Eat and enjoy!
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Comments

  1. MaryJane says:

    Love Granola Bars, anxious to try these.

  2. these would be great snacks for the kids especially after school and on vacations. Love how this is so simple and not time consuming. love t

  3. I love granola bars, your sweet/salty combination sounds great. I’m sharing a granola bar recipe in a few days.

  4. These look great! Will definitely be making me some! Thank you!

  5. I love homemade granola bars. You can put in anything you want.

  6. Amanda E. Buccieri says:

    These look delicious! Great breakfast on the go!

  7. Deborah Hogue says:

    These look so good! They look too good to be healthy! Bookmarking and their on my list to make next time I bake! Thanks :)

  8. This would be a great recipe for the kids to try

  9. heather panjon says:

    These look delish, I will be making this!!!! Thanks!!!!!:)

  10. Thanks for the recipe. I’ve never made granola bars, but I do make granola.

  11. Definitely printing this recipe!

  12. Mmmm…yummy. Printed..It is a keeper.

  13. st3phanini says:

    i LOVE granola bars thank you for this recipe and my daughter is going to LOVE helping me make this

  14. My kids LOVE granola bars. In my house they call them breakfast bars lol. These would be fun to make with them! Can’t wait to make them (although after the holidays lol)

  15. These look great – I am going to try them this weekend for our soccer tournament!!

  16. These look great. I’ve been looking for a recipe for granola bars so I can avoid the processed ones at the store for my daughter. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Unknown Mami says:

    Great idea, thanks!

  18. Frugal Vicki says:

    I think I may try this! My son LOVES granola bars, and all of those ingredients, so we may give it a shot.

  19. Tater Tot Mom says:

    These look great and I'll definitely have to try them. I've never made the bars but have made a loose granola before. It's delicious to snack on, guilt free!

  20. You are making me so hungry!!

  21. Love granola bars. That is a great recipe that my son can help me with. Looks YUMMY!

  22. I"m really impressed. I've never mae my own granola bars. We buy them but we've never made them.

  23. those look great! I will have to try them this week!

  24. My little guy loves granola bars and this would be a fun recipe to try out together!! Might have do this one tonight…we're running low on snacks!! Thanks!

  25. Veronica Lee says:

    I love granola bars. This is fantastic. Thanks!!!

  26. Melissa B. says:

    The kids are coming home for Thanksgiving, so I think I just might be rockin' these Granola Bars at my place. I post recipes on Mondays, so please tune in, OK? SITS sent me by, and I'm glad they did!

    We Are, Like, Soooooooooooo Fetch!

  27. Cortney @ evanhaslanded.com says:

    These look Great! My oldest (2 1/2) loves granola bars! I Will probably try to make them sometime this week! Yummy!

  28. Clueless_Mama says:

    Those actually look like I may enjoy eating them. They look yummy. Thanks for the recipe.

  29. WizzyTheStick says:

    way better than store bought and the best part is that you know exactly what's in them!

  30. Susan Fobes says:

    Oh boy! I wish I hadn;t looked at your blog tonight-now I have the munchies!

  31. Tattoos and Teething Rings says:

    Those look really yummy and easy- my favorite two things in a recipe :)

  32. Those look so yummy! Think I'll get the older kiddos to help me make some of these soon :)

  33. Menopausal New Mom says:

    Funny you should post this, I've actually been thinking about making my own however, I know I would eat half of that peanut butter mixture before I got the bars made! Looks yummy!

  34. Sarah Brown says:

    Oh…that looks so good!

  35. Do you think there is something I could substitute for peanut butter?

  36. Judy Harper says:

    I'm going to try this minus the pretzel sticks and once I find out what are craisins? They look delicious.

  37. Cindermommy says:

    Ooooh!!! I love this idea! We are going to try it this week! Thanks!

  38. blueviolet says:

    Those look way better than the ones I buy at the store. With Craisins in there, you had me. I just discovered those things. Mmmmmm…good!

  39. Holly Noelle @ Domestic Dork says:

    I've been meaning to try making my own some day…the store-bought kind had so much sugar in them! They burn!

    Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

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