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Have you ever tried to make homemade granola bars before? They are a bit of a pain because you have to bake them for ages usually, only to forget about them a bit and then have them end up a bit burnt. They may still taste great, but also possibly not so much. This Chewy Homemade Granola Bars recipe is no bake! It is based on one of my favorite recipes to modify: rice crispy treats. If you think about it rice crispy treats are one of the easiest recipes to modify, you have probably done it before. Just switch from rice crispies to a different cereal and voila a whole new recipe! Using cereals like Fruity Pebbles or Reese’s Puffs is fairly common and delicious. You can check out all my rice crispy modifying adventures here: Rice Crispies.
For these Granola Bars, I took a simple rice crispy recipe and used a combination of three different fibrous cereals, dried fruit, and nuts. Basically, my recipe called for 5T. butter, 16oz. mini marshmallows, and 9c. rice crispies. I simply swapped out the 9c. rice crispies for an assortment of fibrous “healthy” cereals, dried fruit, and a mixture of nuts. It’s an easy modification and I am loving the results. I’ve been enjoying these Granola Bars as a morning snack for a few days now and they are delicious!
First, we start by greasing a 9×13-inch cake pan. We are also going to go ahead and get our “rice crispies” ready. These are the three cereals that I used for my Granola Bars.
Go ahead and measure out 9 cups of assorted cereals, dried fruit (I used a dried berry blend), and nuts (I used almonds, walnuts, and pecans). Of course, if you don’t like nuts or dried fruit you can just replace then with more cereals. For instance, the first batch I made with 1c. nuts, my dad likes them, but for the subsequent batches, I replaced the 1c. nuts with 1c. cereal, because I’m not fond of nuts. So, vary the recipe to please you and your palate.
Place the butter into a large dutch oven and melt the butter.
Stir in the marshmallows until they are coated with melted butter and melted.
Remove the dutch oven from the heat and stir in the 9c. of assorted cereals, nuts, and dried fruit.
Press the mixture into the prepared pan, allow to cool before cutting.
I know that you are going to love how adaptable this recipe can be and how much fun you can have with mixing and matching the ingredients. The combinations are endless and the results are delicious. Depending on the cereals you use you can get tons of fiber, protein, and more just from one simple Granola Bar. Have Fun! Oh, also a little drizzle of chocolate can be a nice touch…
Have you ever modified a recipe for rice crispies before? And if so what part did you modify?
- 5T. butter
- 16oz mini marshmallows
- 9c. assorted fibrous cereals, nuts, and dried fruit
- Thoroughly grease a 9x13-inch cake pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a large dutch oven melt the butter over medium-high heat.
- Stir in the marshmallows until well coated and melted.
- Remove the dutch oven from the heat and stir in the cereals, nuts, and dried fruit until well combined.
- Pat the mixture evenly into the prepared pan. Allow to cool before cutting into bars.
Original Recipe By: Rilla Banks (A.K.A. Epic Sweet)