Homemade Granola Bars Recipe

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Kellogg’s recently put me up to a challenge – a chef’s challenge! The task at hand? Rethink cereal by incorporating my favorite Kellogg’s products into original breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes. I was super excited as this is definitely up my alley! I immediately knew what I would make – homemade granola bars using Kellogg’s Rice Krispies as one of the ingredients.

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Man, did these turn out really good. We may or may not have eaten these for dinner the night we made them lol. Mike and Lucas requested – no scratch that – they demanded that I make a batch for our road trip to Baltimore next week. I’m happy to oblige because they are chock-full of healthy ingredients and are pretty simple to make!

Even Lucas helped out…

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My little sous-chefs…

 

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Aren’t they cute?! : )

Homemade Granola Bars

Ingredients

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  • 4 cups Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1/4 cup Vegetable Or Canola Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 1/4 cup Apple Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Molasses
  • 3/4 cup Peanut Butter, creamy
  • 3 teaspoons pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 1/2 cup Kellogg’s Rice Krispies
  • 1 cup Wheat Germ
  • 1 cup Chopped Pecans (or whichever nuts you prefer)
  • 1 cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
  • (OPTIONAL) 1 bag semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a bowl, toss the oatmeal, nuts, and coconut and spread mixture onto a baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer to a large bowl and add the wheat germ and Rice Krispies.

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Reduce the heat to 325 degrees F.

In a medium saucepan, combine the salt, oil, butter, brown sugar, honey, apple sauce, peanut butter and molasses. Stir the mixture until sugar is dissolved and everything is well-combined. Stir in the vanilla.

Pour the sugar mixture into the large bowl with the oatmeal mixture stirring. Toss to fully combine ingredients.

Press mixture into one baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper. Make sure to really press the mixture into the pan!

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Bake until golden, about 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for at least 2-3 hours before cutting into bars with a very sharp knife.

At this point, you can also dip the bottoms of granola bars into melted chocolate. If you are going to dip into chocolate, freeze the granola bars for at least an hour so that the warm chocolate doesn’t make them soft.

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Comments

  1. mamotts says:

    crunch up cereal and use as breading for homemade nuggetts

  2. Good ol Rice Krispie treats!

  3. latanya says:

    use cereal or corn flakes crushed as a coating on chicken, then fry the chicken

  4. Danielle E says:

    crushed Corn flakes make a great coating for baked fish

  5. I love making Planet Hollywood’s Captain Crunch Chicken. YUM! Here is the recipe:
    http://www.cravingchocolateandlazydays.com/2012/08/15/oh-my-yum/
    Your kids will love it!

  6. Rice Crispy Treats with peanut butter and chocolate chips swirled on top!

  7. Christina says:

    I guess I’m not too creative when it comes to cereal and cooking…. we do “rice crispy treats” but have used cheerios, fruit loops, rice crispies, and fruity pepples. I’ve also used some cereals smashed for toppings (corn flakes) and to bread chicken strips.

  8. DEBIJOT says:

    our favorite is Rice Crispy Treats.

  9. Kathy Schoenherr says:

    I like to use cornflakes as a topper on my casseroles.

  10. Andrea D. says:

    I love making mixes for the kids to eat with cereal and other things I have at home.

  11. Crushed cereal works bread in place breaking or bread crumb in meatloaf or breaking on a meat

  12. Natalie J Vandenberghe says:

    I love adding cereal to cookie recipes to get some extra crunch. I also like topping casseroles with crushed corn flakes. My family loves Kellogg’s cereals! Your recipe sounds delicious–thanks for sharing.

  13. Rice Krispie Treats are always a big favorite in my house.

  14. everyone’s favorite rice krispies treats

  15. rice crispie treats of course!!!

  16. Other than the traditional variations of rice krispie treats, the only other time we have used cereal in a recipe was when my wife found a KFC copycat recipe that involved corn flakes. The only thing we learned from that experiment is that experiment is that corn flakes are not one of the 11 herbs and spices.

  17. Jennifer Marie says:

    cheesy potatoes with corn flakes.

  18. Vicki Wurgler says:

    I use oatmeal in cookies, crushed corn flakes as a topping and coating and rice krispies in desserts

  19. Jessica H. says:

    I have used cereal in classics like cereal treat bars with marshmallows and even used them by grinding them up to make a pizza crust (fiber cereals). Plus granola is a classic in parfaits. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

    girlygirlugh at gmail dot com

  20. Jeffrey says:

    My kids like Cinnamon Toast Crunch bars, a twist on the household favorite Rice Krispie Treats.

  21. I like to use cereal in making homemade hamburgers sometimes.

  22. Rice krispies treats and toffee chex.

  23. I bread chicken in crushed cereal with herbs sometimes.

  24. Nannypanpan says:

    I like Rice Krispies in chocolate no back cookies

  25. Terra Heck says:

    I like to use cereal mixed in with cookies to add texture and flavor. Thanks.
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

  26. My favorite way to incorporate cereal into a recipe is Rice Krispies Treats.

  27. Do you have a winner picked for this one?

    I hope you are having a great summer! That’s great that you got to go to Ocean City, MD! I’ve been there once. It’s pretty!

    • Hi Alissa – no, not yet – I am behind because of all the traveling I’ve been doing these past few weeks. I will be drawing this week though so stay tuned!

  28. That’s so cute you got your kids to help! I’m sure they added an extra ingredient of love 🙂

  29. so cute when lucas help you.. =)