Granola bars are such an easy snack and can even be a breakfast substitute. If you can’t run to the store or are trying to eat healthier, you might be able to make them yourself with items you have in your pantry. This granola bars recipe is one very easy store-bought item to start making homemade.
I’ve been making homemade granola bars for more than a year now, have tried several different tweaks to a basic recipe, and have come up with the recipe that works for us. The beauty of this granola bar recipe is that there are several variations that can be made:
You can buy generic ingredients to make it budget friendly.
You can buy organic ingredients if you are focusing on health.
You can make small changes for egg and nut allergies.
Here is my recipe – variations are below.
2 cups rice cereal (like Rice Krispies)
2 cups quick oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
1 cup add-ins (You choose your flavor – chocolate chips, dried fruit, mini marshmallows, nuts, flax seed, raisins, and/or cinnamon.)
Mix cereal and oats in a large mixing bowl.
In a saucepan over medium heat, mix brown sugar, peanut butter and honey until blended and smooth. Remove from heat and quickly mix in egg. Pour over cereal and oat mixture and mix. Then mix in add-ins.
Pour into 9×13 pan lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Cool on counter (or in fridge) and then cut. Store in refrigerator.
Variations to customize the basic recipe
Oatmeal – You can use regular or steel-cut oats but the granola bars may fall apart more easily and it will change the texture.
Peanut butter – You can substitute any nut butter.
Egg – This may be omitted and then the granola bars do not have to be baked. Baking them helps the bars set, but is not necessary if you do not have the egg. They may fall apart a little more if you do not add the egg.
Oh, and the granola bar crumbs that are left in the bag after they have all been eaten are great to put on yogurt or ice cream.
Have you made homemade granola bars? What recipe do you use?