Granola Bars


I had about 3/4 cup of Rice Krispies cereal sitting in my cupboard (does this happen to anyone else? Having small random amounts of foods left over?). I was not in the cereal eating mood so turned to my online BFF Google.

About 30 seconds later my BFF  introduced me to this recipe. It calls for 1/2 cup Rice Krispies…perfect! I can finish this box up and use the newfound pantry space for a big bag of Cheetos, double win!

These bars were a cinch to make, you basically just dump a bunch of ingredients in a bowl, press in a greased pan and bake. Easy Peasy. I did adapt the recipe just a bit based on what I had on hand. The end result was great. Mine did not turn out quite as chewy as the original claimed (thus my removing ‘chewy’ from the title of these bars). There were still great. The flavor of the peanut butter, chocolate and butterscotch was a winning combination and I found it rather addicting.
I easily ate 3-4 of these bars over about an hour by simply breaking peices off every time I went into the kitchen.  Next time I may not bake them quite as long to see if they will turn out a bit chewier, but I really did enjoy them crunchy. My only complaint was that they crumbled a bit when removing the edge peices. now worries, just  easier to shovel in my mouth.

These bars taste hearty yet sweet. I think these will be perfect to take on hikes, boating, sporting games. Pretty much anytime you need a sweet treat on the go this Spring and Summer. Don’t be afraid to mix and match ingredients to suit your family taste preferences. These would be great with almonds, cranberries and white chocolate or mini M&Ms and peanuts. Really, use your imagination!

I rate these an 8

Granola Bars
original recipe here

2 1/2 cups quick rolled Oats
1/2 cup Rice Krispies cereal (I used about 3/4 cup)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup peanut butter (my addition)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup  butter, softened  (I used 1/4 cup oil, 1/4 cup butter)
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup butterscotch chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray an 8×8 or 9×9 pan with PAM.
In a large bowl, add all of the ingredients and stir until combined well. Press into pan.
Bake for 16–20 minutes or until golden.

Cool for at least 15-20 minutes. Cut into bars.

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7 thoughts on “Granola Bars

  1. perfect, I’ve been looking forever for a granola bar recipe to try. I swear I have about half of your blog bookmarked to try. Thanks for another one. :)

    • Ali, thanks!
      These were really good, just not so ‘chewy’. I am a sucker for peanut butter, chocolate and butterscotch though, so I may be biased. :)
      Hope you find some recipes on here that you like, I try to keep things simple and tasty. I am not a fancy shmancy baker by any stretch of the imagination.

  2. We ALWAYS end up with just a little bit cereal left in each box that no one will eat! Great idea–throw it all in a cookie or bar! ;) I love granola and bars, these look great.
    I just made your Intense Chocolate Shock Cookies–again, the other day. Perfect when you need a bite of chocolate (or two) and it needs to be a cookie. ;)

    • Katrina,
      I know! We always have some small random amount of cereal left, not enough for a bowl full but too much to justify tossing!
      I really could use some chocolate today, it has been crazy at work. Hmmm. maybe i need to bake something later. :)

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