Easy Granola Bars

I have a love-hate relationship with granola bars. I love to eat them, but hate to pay money for something that’s full of corn syrup and other additives. I’ve tried several different recipes over the years, but they were all too much work — until now. This recipe is quick to make, the bars stay together reasonably well, and there’s no corn syrup involved! –Mellyn
Yield: 15 bars
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats or use rolled oats and pulse them in the blender a few times
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (we like crunchy)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips, chopped or mini-chocolate chips
  1. Combine honey and brown sugar in a large, glass bowl and microwave for 2 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, combine cereal, oats and wheat germ in a large bowl.
  3. Add peanut butter and vanilla to the honey-sugar mixture and stir until smooth.
  4. Pour over cereal mixture and stir until cereal is coated.
  5. Let mixture cool for a few minutes and stir in chocolate.
  6. Press into a 9×13 pan and let cool.
  7. Cut into squares and enjoy!

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6 thoughts on “Easy Granola Bars

    • Honestly, I’m not sure! I’ve never had a batch last longer than a couple of days…we just keep them on the counter. My guess is they’d be good in the fridge for at least a week, and if you freeze them, probably several months? I have bagged them individually to take to events like a “real” granola bar. You could do that and put them in the fridge or freezer, so you’d have the convenience of a pre-packed snack.

  1. A thought just popped in my head, have you ever made these with wheat berries (you know, boiled like for breakfast and then let to dry)? I wonder how well they would hide in the granola with all the other “popping” type texture…

    • I’d say…don’t do it! I’m thinking of the time that I added the wheat berries to the granola just to see. When they dried out they were hard as rocks, and it was like eating granola with little bits of gravel in it! You can picture the happiness at the breakfast table, can’t you?! Anyway, I could be wrong. Maybe they’d be less hard if they dried on the counter? But that’s my gut opinion!