Chewy S’mores Granola Bars

Chewy S’mores Granola Bars
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I feel like I’ve been holding out on you guys. I’ve been making homemade granola bars for my boys’ lunches since school started in August. A regular box of popular brand granola bars in our part of Alaska can run right about $5 for 10 bars (gasp, I know), occasionally less. Although a great many of my readers can get granola bars for much less, there’s a certain satisfaction that comes with making them at home and knowing exactly what goes into these favorite lunchtime snacks.

IMG 5637 Chewy Smores Granola Bars

When I determined to start making them at home, I was overwhelmed by how many granola bar recipes are out there. I’ve tried several with many different ingredient variations and cooking methods- some we liked and some went in the trash. Some were too dry, others too complicated, some fell apart when removed from the pan, still others tasted like bird food.

These are the ones. I held out until I found and tweaked a recipe I could be proud of and put my name to. They are chewy and sweet and hold together nicely. On top of that, they are no-bake and only take about 5 minutes to put together, which is a huge bonus considering I make them every other week or so. The kids love them- especially the s’mores version – and so do I. I even catch Pastor Alaska snacking on them, too.

Chewy S’mores Granola Bars

Yield: 10 granola bars

IMG 5620 Chewy Smores Granola Bars

Adapted from Rachael Ray

Ingredients

  • 1/4c butter
  • 1/4c brown sugar
  • 1/4c honey
  • 1/2t vanilla
  • 2c quick oats (rolled oats cannot be substituted)
  • 1c crispy rice cereal
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4c mini marshmallows
  • 3T mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Heat a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add butter, brown sugar, and honey. Cook until melted and sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes at a low simmer. Stir in vanilla.
  2. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, combine oats, cereal, and salt. Stir. Pour hot butter mixture over oat mixture and stir until well combined. Fold in marshmallows.
  3. Pour into an 8x8 non-stick pan. Press down firmly. Sprinkle chocolate chips over top and press them down firmly.
  4. Place pan in refrigerator for 30-45 minutes, until set but not hard. Using a knife, make a cut directly down the center, then slice into 10 bars. Remove bars from pan and wrap in plastic or place in snack-size zipper bags. Store at room temperature for up to a week.

Notes

You can easily customize this recipe to make your favorite granola bar flavor by substituting dried fruit and nuts, etc.

http://www.alaskafromscratch.com/2012/02/27/chewy-smores-granola-bars/

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15 comments
JenS
JenS

Made theses today without the marshmallows and they were crumbly--wouldn't stay in bar form. Any ideas?! They tasted amazing so will definately make again.

Leslie T
Leslie T

These are fantastic!  My daughter is allergic to most granola bars in stores because of a nut allergy. I made as directed but left out the mini marshmallows and added a bit more chocolate chips. Pressed into the pan after greasing the bottom of a glass. Next time I'll try putting in some peanut butter chips, and the marshmallows. Absolutely yummy, and super fast and easy to make. 

Katie Wilburn-Wininger
Katie Wilburn-Wininger

do they have to be refrigerated to set?? wont they set up at room temp like rice krispie treats?? ALSO, will they store well in an air tight container and still be chewy?? Dont wanna end up with hard bars! :-/

Guest
Guest

How could I add peanut butter into this recipe? Any ideas?

Dear Deer
Dear Deer

Did the same as below and doubled it, omitted the marshmallows but added a few extra chocolate chips for good measure! Never buying cereal bars again, thanks!

Kwilt2
Kwilt2

I made these last night, super easy and I'm glad to say mine looked like your picture. I doubled the recipe and put it in a 9x13 greased glass pan. Thanks Maya!

PatnMelissa Teakell
PatnMelissa Teakell

Oh my deliciousness! Yes, I will have to try these. I've tried the homemade bars with moderate success, but these look fantastic! And Pat should love all the gooeyness!

alaskafromscratch
alaskafromscratch moderator

Sounds like you need a little more moisture for those babies to hold together. Try increasing the butter and/or honey to 1/3 cup next time and see if that doesn't do the trick! :) 

alaskafromscratch
alaskafromscratch moderator

Oh I'm so pleased to hear that these worked well for you and are a solution for your daughter! The peanut butter chips will be a yummy addition. Thanks a bunch! :)

Alaska from Scratch
Alaska from Scratch

The refrigeration helps firm up the melted butter, which helps with the cutting of the bars. I haven't tried letting it set to room temperature, but I do suspect they would set just fine. The bars do remain chewy for several days. Hope this helps! Enjoy!

Alaska from Scratch
Alaska from Scratch

Thank you for your question! My best idea is to add peanut butter chips, so as not to alter the texture of the bars. You could try adding a tablespoon of peanut butter to the butter, sugar mixture, but I cannot guarantee the results because I haven't tried them myself. Good luck and let me know how it turns out for you! :)

Alaska from Scratch
Alaska from Scratch

So glad you're happy with how they turned out! Thanks for letting me know. :)

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