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Easy Homemade Granola Bars
Adding chocolate makes everything better!!

Easy Homemade Granola Bars

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.

homemade granola bars recipe easy peanut butter

I love the chewy texture!

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!)

homemade granola bars recipe easy peanut butter

Adding chocolate makes everything better!!

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.

homemade granola bars recipe easy peanut butter

How would you like to come home to a plate of these waiting for you?

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!

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Easy Homemade Granola Bars
Serves: 8 bars
  • 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)
  1. In a nonstick pan over medium-low heat, melt the butter.
  2. Stir in the honey, brown sugar, and peanut butter.
  3. Bring to a very light simmer.
  4. Simmer for 2 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Stir in vanilla extract.
  7. Stir in oats and Rice Krispies until completely coated.
  8. Press mixture into a 8 x 8 inch pan lined with greased parchment paper. Be sure to press down really firm.
  9. Sprinkle the top with m&m's and press them into the mixture.
  10. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm.
  11. Remove from pan and cut into bars with a sharp knife.
  12. Drizzle on the melted chocolate.
  13. Refrigerate until chocolate has set.
  14. Store in the fridge or in airtight container. (I prefer fridge)
  15. Enjoy!
~TIPS~ Add a cup of any add-in you'd like! Be sure to press into pan firmly.


  1. Can these be made without peanut butter? My kids school is peanut free.

  2. how many people does this serve monique? cuz i have a huge family!

  3. So easy and delish. Taste like a whatchamacalit

  4. I made these so easy and yummy. Used almonds and raisins with reeses choco chips.

  5. i love this it taste very good and i all so give my family and they start madding it i fell like a dollar thanks to u diva may god bless u with many more years

  6. I love this video .I am so trying this

  7. I cannot stop waching this video

  8. This is so easy and comes out great! My husband and children love them! I don’t even like peanut butter but I love these. Love all the recipes I try from here!

    I had a question instead of 1 min oats could i just use regular?

  10. this look’s………………………….DELICIOUSE :).

  11. I just made these and they were so good!! They were incredibly easy to make too. I estimated the cost to be about $3.50 for the pan (I doubled the recipe, and used nuts and raisins in place of the chocolate).

  12. What would be a good substitute for the peanut butter? My daughter’s school is a peanut and nut free school but I really want to make these for her lunches.

  13. Can this be made without the rice krispies? I have all the ingredients except that and would prefer not to stop at the store

    • I just made them using crunchy nut corn flakes instead! I mashed them up a bit and threw them in, and I also used nutella instead of peanut butter, they came out great!! thanks for the recipe =)

  14. I love watching your videos, not just for the recipe, but coming from the U.K and never been to U.S I love your voice it’s awesome!! Just had to tell you that! haha. Congrats on your baby, I hope everything went well.

    As for your recipe, OMG yummy and I am trying to make stuff from scratch as they put so much rubish in stuff, so thanks for this, this will give my son a happy feeling about eating “healthy” bars :) Thanks

  15. Congrats on the baby!!!!!!!! Hope let us know what you’re having!!!!

  16. Great tasting and very easy to make. I just wish we could cut down on the sweetness a bit. You’d think all kids would love this but I have one who doesn’t like sweet foods. :(

  17. Hi! I tried the drizle but i change it for white chcolate OMG they are yummy! Thanks for another good recipe!

  18. Amazing my daughter (she is 4) and I made these last night soo much fun to make and so so yummy Thank you

  19. Just made the granola bars minus the m&m and chocolate, added almonds and raisins. Thanks for the recipe

  20. Diva I love the commentary (Miss Sophia ha) I know I will love the granola bars. Can’t wait to surprise kids. Thank you!

  21. Is there is a substitute that i can use for peanut butter? I’m allergic.

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