Homemade Granola Bars

Granola Bars

These granola bars became a Tamme Family favorite after searching for a granola bar that wasn’t hard as a rock and didn’t have a ton of what I call “non food” ingredients (chemicals). Now, these little scrumptious bars are not what I call healthy because they do have quite a bit of sugar in them. We usually eat them as a treat or dessert. However, I have been known to eat one for breakfast!

Last week, Jacob went on his annual golf trip that he set up five years ago with his buddies. I often joke that I get about three weeks in between being a football widow and a golf widow. In our family, football pays the bills, but golf is the main focus! I’m hoping that Luke is a golfer, NOT a football player, because I’m all about non-contact sports! I just can’t imagine my baby getting hit! Ugh! It’s hard enough to watch my husband get hit, but my little boy? It ain’t happening! Anyway, back to the granola bars. Each year I make a big batch of these granola bars for Jacob to take on the trip and they are always a hit! Last year, I got complaints from some of the guys that they were not shared evenly. So, this year I made each twosome their own box of granola bars to be fair. This year, there were no complaints… only praise! Trust me when I say – these.are.awesome.

I adapted my recipe from Rachel Ray’s. She added raisins and pretzels to hers. Why in the world would you do that when you could add chocolate and peanut butter chips? Obviously, I need to teach her a thing or two about cooking. Hah! I double her recipe because I think that it fills the 13×9 pan better and doesn’t leave you with wimpy granola bars. I realize that this is the third recipe I’ve blogged about and all three have peanut butter and chocolate in them. I promise I’ll branch out more, but peanut butter is a staple in our household and chocolate, well, I think that just speaks for itself!

Ingredients
1 stick of unsalted butter
1/2 C. packed brown sugar
1/2 C. honey
4 C. plain granola
2 C. rice cereal
approx. 1/4 C. mini chocolate chips
approx. 1/4 C. peanut butter chips

Directions
1. Line a 13×9 pan with aluminum foil and grease with butter (or non-stick spray). I’m a fan of real butter, so that’s what I use.

2. In a medium saucepan, bring the butter, brown sugar, and honey to a boil; stirring often. Then reduce heat to medium-low and cook for two minutes or until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat.

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3. In a large bowl, combine the granola and rice cereal. Pour the honey mixture over the cereal mixture and stir with a spatula to evenly coat the dry ingredients.

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4. Pour the the granola mixture in to the lined 13×9 pan and press down evenly with the spatula.

5. After setting for 2-3 minutes, sprinkle as many chocolate chips and peanut butter chips as you would like on top and gently press them into the granola with the spatula.

6. Let cool for 20-30 minutes and remove the bars from the pan and cut into 16 bars.

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Comments

  1. Aunt sally says:

    I will have to try the granola bar receipe . Recently made a snack using quaker oat squares, craisins, walnuts dried apple chips, brown sugar, cinnamon and a stick of margarine. Many helpful hands in moving my nephew and his wife had the above snack all said man this stuff is good.

  2. Shawna Carlson says:

    Just made this recipe this morning with my boys who are 2 & 4. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog. I’m not sure how I found it but maybe because my hubby is a broncos fan??? Anyway, I can empathize with your football widowship as my husband is a basketball coach for a small divison 3 college in Michigan. We spend a lot of time in the gym and driving to basketball games. I was excited for a new treat to try with my boys. Thanks again!

    • Allie Rae says:

      So glad you enjoyed them! After a month long break from the blog, I’m back at it! I hope to share a new recipe each week, so stay tuned! Coaches wives are special people! Every one I’ve ever met has been so sweet!