Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Granola bars, or Grrrrr bars as we like to call them, top the list of my son’s favorite snacks. And who could blame him? They’re pretty much candy bars in oat pants. Oat pants? Yeah, I’m not sure about that analogy either, but let’s just go with it.  I don’t know how granola bars got their good health reputation. Most of the self-proclaimed supermarket granola bars are, as my grandma would say, glorified candy bars. Annie’s granola bars are a favorite around our house, but in my constant desire to de-box our eating, homemade made more sense to me. 

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If you’re anything like me, making the original version of a snack recipe gets your mind going on all the flavor possibilities. You could customize your bars by adding in dried cranberries, nuts, seeds, or even mini marshmallows if you’re looking to replicate the ever popular childhood favorite, S’Mores granola bars. You could replace the chocolate chips with raw sunflower seeds for a healtheir spin or M&Ms if you’re looking to expose granola bars for the cookies they really are… Either way, you’re probably going to want to stay under a 1/4 cup on your total topping-age with this recipe to keep them from falling apart.

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Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

When you make granola bars and other snacks at home, you know exactly what is going into them!

Ingredients:
2 cups quick-cooking oats
1 cup crispy rice cereal
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
  • Preparation Time: 20M
  • Yield: 10 Bars

Instructions: Butter or oil an 8 x 8 inch pan and line with aluminum foil, leaving enough extra foil over the sides of the pan to pull out the granola bars once they have set. Butter or oil the foil.

In a large bowl, combine the quick oats and rice cereal. Set aside.

In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Add in sugar and honey, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Bring the butter and sugar mixture to a simmer and then reduce heat, stirring for one minute. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.

Pour the butter and sugar mixture over the dry ingredients and gently stir until well combined. Press the granola bar mixture into the prepared pan. Be sure to press firmly to keep the bars from crumbling and falling apart.

Make sure your granola bars have cooled enough to keep from completely melting the chocolate chips. Sprinkle chips evenly over the granola bars and them press them into the bars lightly with a spatula.

Allow to set at least 2 hours. Pull bars out using edges of the foil, slice into desired bar size, and wrap individually.

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