Home Made Granola Bars


granolaI know this won’t shock any of you, but I found this recipe on Pinterest.  In my quest to not buy processed foods/snacks I thought I’d try making my own granola bars.  I’m not a big breakfast person, it takes me awhile to really “wake up”.  Usually about 10:30am I’m thinking I want something small to eat while I drink my coffee.

This recipe called for 4 cups of “quick oats” NOT “rolled oats”.  Ok, seriously, #1 – what’s the difference  . . . I thought oatmeal was oatmeal . . . #2 – I only had 2 cups of oats.  The label on my container said “Old Fashioned Oats” but under the “ingredients” it did say rolled oats, bummer.  So in my determination to make these things I Googled what was the difference between the two.  What I took away from the definition was that the quick oats were smaller & absorbed better sooooo, I thought to myself – I’ll just make them smaller so I chopped them up – totally made sense to me.  The problem was I still only had 2 cups. Long story shorter . . . I made them anyway. They are delicious!!!! I’m going to buy a new container of “quick oats” and make this recipe again. Very tasty!!! Here ya’ go . . . . (I only had creamy peanut butter & I added chopped almonds)


1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup packed brown sugar 
1/4 cup peanut butter (crunchy)
1/4 cup unsalted butter
4 cup Quick Oats (not rolled oats)
2 cups crispy rice cereal
3 teaspoons vanilla   
*Makes 28 bars

In a large bowl, stir crispy rice cereal, quick oats together.  In a medium saucepan, combine honey, butter, and brown sugar. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat then bring the temperature down to low, and simmer till sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Pour in vanilla and stir.  Pour hot butter/sugar mixture over dry ingredients. Stir until all ingredients are moistened. Press into a parchment-lined jelly roll pan.

Press the granola bar mixture as closely and as tightly together as you can into the pan at about 1/2-3/4 inch thickness. Any thinner, and the bars will not hold together. Cool on the counter till they reach room temperature. Cut into bars. Wrap in plastic or store in a ziplock bag.

Here’s the link to the original recipe: http://alturl.com/tf668


About countrygirlbling

Hi, I'm hoping that my blog and my experiences will help to encourage you. Our journey through life can be unpredictable at times but KNOW that if you are a believer in Christ, HE will always have your best interest at heart! (Even when things don't make sense!) Toodles

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