This is the kind of stuff my childhood was made out of. Homemade versions of popular snacks; from granola bars (remember Kudos?) to gold fish to fun fruits, my mother always found a way to give us what we wanted while saving money, making it healthier and letting us have fun in the process.
One of my favorite cloned recipes was for homemade granola bars. This isn’t the recipe I grew up eating but it’s pretty darn close. It super kid-friendly and comes together really fast and easy. Isaac hasn’t been feeling well lately so I made a pan of these as a surprise when he wakes up from his nap. He loves it when I surprise him with food when he wakes up (yep that’s my boy alright!)
These homemade granola bars are chewy, sweet, and delicious! Your imagination truly is the limit here! I’ve made them with salted caramels & chocolate, mini chocolate chips, rolos, oreos, you name it. You can even power-pack them by adding in nuts, wheat germ, dried cranberries, coconut flakes, etc.
It may be tempting to want to replace the brown sugar with all honey, but please don’t do it Miss Sophia, trust me, it’s not pretty. The brown sugar-honey-peanut butter- combo creates a nice, chewy “glue” that hold everything together to nicely. This also allows it to be no-bake!
Watch me make these Easy Homemade Granola Bars from start to finish!
- 4 tablespoons butter
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
- ¼ cup peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups quick cooking (1 minute) oats
- ½ cup Rice Krispies cereal
- 1 cup m & m’s
- 1 cup chocolate chips, melted (optional drizzle)
- In a nonstick pan over medium-low heat, melt the butter.
- Stir in the honey, brown sugar, and peanut butter.
- Bring to a very light simmer.
- Simmer for 2 minutes.
- Remove from heat.
- Stir in vanilla extract.
- Stir in oats and Rice Krispies until completely coated.
- Press mixture into a 8 x 8 inch pan lined with greased parchment paper. Be sure to press down really firm.
- Sprinkle the top with m&m’s and press them into the mixture.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm.
- Remove from pan and cut into bars with a sharp knife.
- Drizzle on the melted chocolate.
- Refrigerate until chocolate has set.
- Store in the fridge or in airtight container. (I prefer fridge)