Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

I’m not a huge fan of kid’s snacks. Wait. Let me clarify. I’m not a huge fan of prepackaged kid’s snacks. I prefer to make the junk myself. If I’m going to give my kids nutty barsoatmeal creme pieschocolate chip cookies (you get the point), I want to make them.

So, over Spring Break I was visiting my really good friend Kari (HI KARI!!!). She always has magazines out on her table, and they are always of the food kind. So, as we sit over our morning coffee, we thumb through magazines and recipes, and talk. This is one of those recipes we found…granola bars!

I have never made granola before, but I see a lot of bloggers doing that. You can certainly make your own granola and use it in this recipe. I like Cascadian Farms maple nut granola cereal.

Back to the bars…these seriously took about 10 minutes to make. I let them harden for about 15 minutes in the fridge, cut them right up and started snacking. Move over Quaker, there is a new bar in town!

Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Ingredients:

  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup honey (I like less honey flavor, so used half honey, half maple syrup)
  • 2 cup granola (I use Cascadian Farm Maple Nut Granola cereal)
  • 1 cup Rice Krispies
  • ½ cup lightly salted peanuts
  • ½ cup pretzel sticks, broken
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels

Directions:

  1. In large saucepan, heat butter, sugar and honey over medium heat.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer and continue to cook about 2-3 minutes (until sugar is completely dissolved).
  3. Remove from heat. Add in granola, rice Krispies, peanuts and pretzels. Quickly add in chocolate chips. Press into a parchment lined 13x9 pan.
  4. Refrigerate for about 15-20 minutes. Cut into bars and enjoy! You can certainly substitute the chocolate chips for peanut butter morsels. Yum.
(adapted from Rachel Ray's Everyday Food Magazine)

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20 comments on “Chocolate Chip Granola Bars”

  1. And by making your own granola bars or cookies, etc… you know what they are putting into their growing bodies.
    Thanks for your recipe to try, can’t wait to see what the little judges think.

  2. Well how about that! My little girl loves those Quaker chewy granola bars. I’ll have to try out this recipe – god to know exactly what you are getting! Thanks for linking this up to Fat Camp Fridays this week! See you next week!

  3. Hi Aimee,
    Your Granola Bar looks awesome. I just love having a healthy grab and go bar on hand in my pantry and your recipe looks great. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!

  4. I liked these so much, they are the featured recipe this week! Thanks for linking up to FCF! As soon as I get some granola, I am making these!

  5. Miranda, thanks so much!! Get that granola so you can make it, you won’t be disappointed!

  6. This week on THIS WEEK’S CRAVINGS we are looking for “brunch recipes”. We’d love for you to come link up this tasty looking recipe!

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  7. I always wanted to make my own granola bars..thanks a lot.My son will be very happy with this.

  8. I make these too! They are so good. We don’t use the pretzels but add almonds and coconut.

  9. I’m with you. I hate processed children’s snacks and these look delish! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  10. I’ll have to make these with my homemade granola! Thanks for posting it!

  11. oh WOW!!! I love this recipe * * I am seriously gonna make these 😀 thanks for sharing!

  12. Cute blog. I found you from 33’s Tasty Tuesday. I’m a follower. I’ve been looking for a granola bar recipe to fall on my lap and here it is! Thanks!

  13. These look wonderful, too. You’ve got some great recipes!

  14. Wow these look SO YUMMY and cheaper than buying the prepackaged stuff! Awesome job.

    Emily
    Deviantly Domesticated Team
    http://stephaniehillberry.com

  15. thanks for this recipe! such an easy, portable and yummy snack!

  16. definitely making these!! I have been buying to chewy ones and eating like half a box a day… not a good habit but who has time to eat real food w/ a newborn around?! 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!!

  17. Anonymous

    I’m curious how long they stay fresh and how you store them.

  18. Looks delicious! My kind of snack!

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