Homemade granola bars


Food / Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

(With apologies to Gina at Home Joys, who also had granola bars on her mind and just posted a recipe for chocolate ones. View her recipe here.)

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granola bar

Confession: When it comes to granola bars, I like to pretend they are ENTIRELY HEALTHY. You know. And sort of ignore away the sauce ingredients, which in this case, as you will see, turn out to be a whopping two bags of miniature marshmallows.

Well. Sigh. You can’t have it all, can you? And think of all that fiber… Plus, in my opinion even the richest of homemade food has a nutrition and simplicity that beats more processed store food any day of the week.

I love this granola bar recipe! It’s the first homemade one I’ve found that has a perfect texture and a most delicious flavor. I received it from my friend Shaunda, an über-housewife who also makes her own bread, granola, yogurt, laundry detergent, babies, and who knows what else. I love her; you can visit her blog here.

Let’s cook!

dry ingredients

Stir together in a big bowl:

5 cups Crisp Rice cereal
1 cup crushed graham crackers (I use one bag, a third of a box)
5 cups oatmeal
1 cup chopped nuts
1 1/2 cups raisins or dates
1 cup coconut
1 cup chocolate chips

Feel free to swap out any ingredients you don’t like for the same amount of additional Crisp Rice, oats, or another add-in: cornflakes, Cheerios, another cereal, or more dried fruit. Granola is very forgiving.

Set dry ingredients aside. Butter a large pan so it’s ready when you are, 11 x 15″ or larger.

Combine in a large saucepan:

24 oz. miniature marshmallows
1/4 cup margarine
1/4 cup oil
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup peanut butter

sauce ingredients

Stir over low heat till melted. The mixture will turn smooth and frothy.

sauce

Pour over dry ingredients and stir *quickly* until mostly combined.

mixture

Press into buttered pan. Tip: spreading a rectangle of wax paper on top of the bars during this step keeps your hands clean and creates a smooth, perfect top.

pressing into pan

smooth top

Cool completely.

Add a drizzle of melted chocolate if you like. (I hear a lot of cooks frustrated about working with melting chocolate. I’ll share a few tips on that tomorrow…)

granola bars

Cut into bars. Enjoy!

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Can’t eat them all now? They keep beautifully in the freezer!

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Kim
8 years ago

Yum. These look delish. I will be trying them in the near future. I really liked the step by step photos. ☺

Jo Yoder
8 years ago

These look like a great school lunch item…kinda time to start thinking about that again. 🙁 My boys love granola bars, so I’ll have to give this recipe a try! Thanks to you AND to Shaunda!

Chastin
8 years ago

Love this as well, can’t wait to make them! Maybe a step by step of your wonderful bread you shared this past weekend? 🙂

Shaunda
8 years ago

But I sure can’t melt chocolate for the life of me. Good idea to use the wax paper for that sticky step!!

Cathy
8 years ago

I always burned my chocolate and couldn’t get it smooth. I finally checked it out online and his method was 45 seconds at 50% power. Works beautifully. The lower heat keeps them from burning up. I’ve found a little Crisco works wonders to get my chocolate a little runnier too. BTW, we made these bars for our camping trip last week. They were delicious! But….. All those marshmallows….

8 years ago

No problem! You can never have too many granola bar recipes! And yours looks awesome!
Gina

8 years ago

I love her granola bars! But my favorite recipe is from your sister-in-law, April. You can view it here:

http://naturallivinggonesimple.wordpress.com/2012/09/25/my-favorite-new-recipe/