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 Homemade Granola Bars
Homemade Granola Bars

I love granola bars, they make me happy. They are easy to pack into lunches, they are a nice sweet treat and most of all, they are a sanity saviour. Sadly, commercial granola bars are the equivalent of junk food. Sigh. Oh, I know it, I don’t pretend that putting a granola bar into my kids lunch is in any way, shape or form a healthy choice. No matter what, granola bars are a sweet treat, no matter how you dress them up, but you can make them slightly healthier.

To do that, I need to show you how to make homemade granola bars yourself!

This recipe – while I did treat it up with mini M&M’s – is a very good base granola bar recipe. You can go endless ways with this, with various tasty possibilities.

How to Make Homemade Granola Bars

  • Line a 9×13 pan with tinfoil or parchment paper.
  • Combine the butter, brown sugar and honey in a medium sized pot. Bring the mixture to a boil then lower the heat and simmer until the sugar dissolves. Remove the pan from the heat : stir in the vanilla .
  • Pour the sugar mixture over the oats/rice krispies and fold with a rubber spatula until well combined.Spoon into the
  • prepared pan and press down lightly.
  • Sprinkle the M&M’s over the top and press firmly into the tops of the bars. Make sure that the bars are tightly compacted in the pan.
  • Let set on the counter : do NOT refrigerate, it dries the bars out!
  • Remove the bars using the edges of the tinfoil and place onto a cutting board.
  • Cut into rectangles. Store the bars in an airtight container on the counter. These will last up to 5 days, an entire school week!

 How to Make Homemade Granola Bars from @kitchenmagpie

Healthy Homemade Granola Bars

What I love is that these shriek TREAT!!! when the kids see them at lunch. I’m ok with the ingredients : a few mini M&M’s on top is just enough to impress the kids. The rest is honey, sugar, butter, oats and Rice Krispies, putting these in the same category as a cookie, but longer burning in little tummies for the rest of the school day thanks to the oats. Remember that while the butter makes these higher calorie, there is NO corn syrup or additives! I would rather use butter than corn syrup!

  • You can’t use any hearty oats, it will be too tough to chew, so you have to use quick oats.
  • You CAN sneak in a tablespoon or two of flax, or hemp hearts if wanted, without sacrificing taste or texture.
  • You can also press your choice of toasted nuts into the top as well, if your school doesn’t have a nut policy, or keep them for snacks at home. Play around with the base recipe and see what healthy ingredients you can sneak in there.

 How to Make Homemade Granola Bars from @kitchenmagpie

It also makes 2 dozen bars, which is a money saver as well. That’s four boxes of commercial granola bars (usually filled with corn syrup and endless other ingredients) that you just made. And they are easy, you guys, so so easy to make. This will honestly take 10 minutes out of your day, perhaps on a Sunday before the school week begins. You can make half a pan of one flavour, and half a pan of another by pressing different ingredients into the top.

Slice and wrap them up and store at room temperature for up to a week; they will absolutely toughen up in the fridge.

Happy baking everyone!

Karlynn

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Homemade Granola Bars

Pre-make a week's worth of granola bars for your (and your children's) lunches in a mere 10 minutes!
4 from 4 votes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Course
Snack
Cuisine
American
Servings
24
Calories
210
Author
Karlynn Johnston

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup salted butter
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups quick-cooking/instant oats
  • 3 1/2 cups of Rice Krispies
  • 1 cup mini M&M's

Instructions

  1. Line a 9x13 pan with tinfoil or parchment paper, leaving overhang over the edges.
  2. Place the oats and rice krispies into a large mixing bolw, set aside until later.
  3. Combine the butter, brown sugar and honey in a medium sized pot. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Lower the heat and simmer until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat : stir in the vanilla .
  4. Pour the sugar mixture over the oats/rice krispies and fold with a rubber spatula until well combined.
  5. Spoon into the prepared pan and press down lightly.
  6. Sprinkle the M&M's over the top and press firmly into the tops of the bars. Make sure that the bars are tightly compacted in the pan.
  7. Let set on the counter : do NOT refrigerate, it dries the bars out!
  8. Remove the bars using the edges of the tinfoil and place onto a cutting board.
  9. Cut into rectangles. Store the bars in an airtight container on the counter. These will last up to 5 days, an entire school week!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 210kcal, Carbohydrates: 32g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 16mg, Sodium: 79mg, Potassium: 68mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 19g, Vitamin A: 9.3%, Vitamin C: 3.3%, Calcium: 2.2%, Iron: 11.3%

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian Prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. KeneahBertrandRice says

    I have been searching for a home made granola bar for my children who have peanut allergies.  This sounds promising.  Next time I go to the grocery store I am getting the supplies to make these.

  2. heather penberthy says

    Hello Kitchen Magpie FromAnother Edmontonian. now living in Sask. anyway tried your recipe. I added coconut @ alil peanut butter. I also baked them for 15 min. they held together nicely tasted great. you said to play around with it and let you know.  didn’t hurt;/// made them nice//// with a lil added crunch,

  3. Cindy Nickerson says

    Not veru healthy…just saying. Leave off the M&M’s for sure.

  4. Sherry Wentland says

    I made these this week and they tasted fantastic but we’re so crumbly! No way they stated in shape! What did I do wrong?

  5. Banana Head says

    I’ve been baking for about 26 years. Cooking for about 10. I have plenty of experience…but NO. These did not turn out at all. Have read and re-read the instructions and I followed them to a T. They did not harden and are basically still as soft as when I made them. What a waste of time and money.

  6. Angela Johnston says

    I love how you incorporate your vintage Pyrex! Love the recipe too!

    • The Kitchen Magpie says

      It’s so awesome to use! It’s some of the best bakeware out there!

  7. Tanya Frewin says

    Ooh. I’ve been wanting to try to make our own granola bars. Will have to try this this week!

    • The Kitchen Magpie says

      They are SUPER EASY. I’m really happy with how the recipe turned out!!

    • The Kitchen Magpie says

      Nothing, in moderation. In kids lunches daily, maybe not so much.

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