No-Bake Homemade Granola Bars

So I’ve literally been searching and searching for a good granola bar recipe to make.  Nothing was really exciting me until I finally found 2 that I wanted to try.  So I made them both and served them to my family to see which one they liked best.  
 
And I’m happy to announce that this No-Bake Granola Bar recipe was the winner :) 
 
These little granola bars are so yummy and easy to make.  I had everything I needed in the cupboard so I was really excited about that too!  They’ve been perfect for after school snacks and for my husbands work lunches.  
 
And the best part… it was homemade and healthier than store bought granola bars.
 
Homemade Granola Bars
Enjoy a healthy snack by grabbing one of these Homemade Granola Bars! Easy to make and super yummy
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  2. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  3. 1/4 cup honey
  4. 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter ( I used Wowbutter peanut butter replacement due to a peanut allergy)
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats (you could also use quick oats)
  7. 1/2 cup crispy rice cereal
  8. 3/4 cup chopped pretzels
  9. 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (I used regular sized semi-sweet chocolate chips this time)
Instructions
  1. Place a piece of parchment paper in a 8x8 baking dish.
  2. In a large sauce pan combine your butter, brown sugar, honey and peanut butter and cook over medium-low heat until mixture is melted and bubbling. Once bubbling continue to cook for 2 minutes while stirring to prevent mixture from burning and sticking to the bottom of your pan.
  3. Remove pan from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
  4. Combine liquid mixture with rolled oats, rice cereal and pretzels.
  5. Pour combined mixture into 8x8 baking dish and press mixture down to make even and flat across the top. Sprinkle the your chocolate chips over the mixture and press gently with your fingers.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap and place into the fridge until mixture has completely cooled and set up. This takes about an hour or so.
  7. You can store this mixture in the fridge or on the counter-top in an airtight container for 4 or 5 days and they are still tasty!
Notes
  1. Recipe should make about 10 bars. Counts are per serving with the ingredients I used and entered intomyfitnesspal.com {Calories 284} {Carbs 44g} {Fat 10g} {Protein 5g} {Sugar 18g} {Chol 12g} {Sodium 337g}
Adapted from Two Peas & Their Pod
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Comments

  1. says

    These look like the kind you buy at the store – only I’m sure they are so much healthier for you! They look delicious. Thanks for sharing at The Weekly Creative.

    Shannon@ Sewing Barefoot

  2. says

    Hi! Followed you over from This Silly Girl’s Life blog hop. This looks great! My husband eats a ton of granola bars and I love the idea of making them myself so we know what ingredients are in the granola bars and to save money. I actually have been making something similar, no bake peanut butter and oatmeal energy balls, http://www.thenonmarthamomma.com/2013/03/no-bake-peanut-butter-oatmeal-energy.html
    Pinned this recipe and now following you via GFC.

    Jackie
    http://www.thenonmarthamomma.com

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