Thursday, February 7, 2013

Healthy, but not TOO Healthy, Granola Bars

Sometimes I feel like all I do is pin granola bar recipes.

I don't think I have a very good record with homemade granola bars, because I always pick the really healthy ones.  I put in whole wheat flour instead of regular flour, applesauce for butter (hit or miss), too many ground flax seeds...

Then, all the money I saved making my own granola bars is wasted because nobody wants to eat them.  

Plus, I don't feel awesome making gross granola bars :)

Then, I found these!  (I also want to try these sometime soon, pretty much the same recipe, but not with peanut butter.)

I had all of these ingredients on hand, too, so that's always a bonus in my book :)


You need:
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups quick oats
1 cup Rice Krispies
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (but, who are we kidding, I used more than that!)

Lightly spray and 8x8 inch pan with nonstick spray and rub it around with your hand.

Put the butter, brown sugar, honey, and peanut butter in a large sauce pan.  Heat over medium low.  Stir with a large spoon until it begins to bubble.

Once it bubbles, cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.  Then stir in the quick oats and Rice Krispies until well coated.

Press the mixture into your prepared pan.  I used the bottom of a measuring cup to really pack it down.

Sprinkle the mini chocolate chips over the top.  I just sprinkled them right out of the bag until I though it looked good :)

Gently press the chocolate chips into the bars.  

Let cool and then cut into 12-16 bars.

Don't they look yummy!


I should probably go make another batch :)


I won't be making another batch today, though, because I'll be busy pouring fake stuffed animal pee into the potty chair.  (Don't worry, I'll update you on Gracie's progress tomorrow :))

But if you aren't potty training anyone today, you should head right into the kitchen and spend the maybe 10 minutes it takes to whip up a batch of these!

Enjoy!

Looking for some other great snacks?  Check these out!


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12 comments:

  1. Those look good! I like that there's nothing weird in them too. Thanks for the link up so I could find you! :-)

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    1. Hi Susan! I hopped over to your blog and saw that you have my sister-in-law's blog listed under your Bloggie Friends (justin and laurie story). It's such a small internet world, isn't it :)

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  2. I like healthy/not so healthy. And they DO look yummy!! I'm so glad you linked up! And best of luck on the stuffed animal pee... ;)

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    1. We're doing okay with the stuffed animal pee :) Gracie's napping with a pull up on right now. I'm the most relaxed I've been all day!

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  3. oh my goodness. looks yummy and easy!

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  4. i have been looking for a good granola bar recipe. i too tried making mine healthy, then realized i have tween and teens, and a few calories won't hurt them!

    these look perfect.

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    1. So true! Plus, the peanut butter has protein to balance out all those carbs, right :)

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  5. What a great idea! I'm going to have to try these. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  6. Your "Not too healthy" comment is funny! If you take away the peanut butter and substitute the chocolate chips with raisins, it'll be a healthy snack again. But, there's nothing wrong if you want to indulge on something sinful once in a while, right? But, I read somewhere that granola isn't as healthy as everyone thinks it is. I guess I have to check on this first. Anyways, I will definitely make your granola bars soon!

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  7. I suppose it's healthy in that you can pronounce all of the ingredients :)

    I feel like a lot of granola cereal in the store is surprisingly full of fat. I have a granola recipe that I'll post later that only uses applesauce instead of oil or butter. It does have plenty of sugar, though!

    I hope you enjoy them when you make them!

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