I set out on a quest many years ago to discover a granola bar recipe that was easy and that had the right balance of chewy/crunchiness like marshmallow treats, all in an easy granola bar recipe.
I also needed to make a yummy bar that was gluten-free for some of my gluten intolerant family members. Seriously, nothing out there in the stores suited me and, besides, you and I love to do it ourselves if we can. And in keeping with the theme of this blog – they had to be simple and frugal, too. I think I can modestly say I have found…
The Mercedes of Granola Bars
Quite by accident I stumbled on a recipe that had a nearly perfect combination of chewy, crunchy, nuttiness. The main thing that set it apart was that it was a no-bake recipe! Just some tweaking (well, lots of tweaking) and Voila! Inspired! So special I decided to put together several of my favorite granola bar recipe versions in a collection: the Easy Granola Bar Recipes : Design Your Own Healthy Granola Bars.
What makes this recipe collection different is that I include a template – a way to create your own favorite combination of cereals, nuts, coconut, chocolate, spices, etc.
You want a gluten-free snack? You design it gluten-free!
You want more nuts, less oats? You got it.
A bar with blueberries and white chocolate? Bingo!
With the template, you can add whatever your heart desires. I tell you how much binder, how much dry and just the right temperature. I also include 13 of our family favorites to inspire you.
Oh and do you need step-by-step guide complete with full color photos? Done!
Here are the recipes just to get your mouth watering:Peanut Butter Crunch Praline Crunch Mocha Almond Crunch Bar Triple Chocolate Bar Just Nuts Trail Mix Bar Liberty Bar Cranberry White Chocolate Bar (see below for sample) Raw Power Bar Almond Bliss Bars Ginger Snap Bars Marshmallow Dump Bars
The Original Recipe
Most granola bar recipes call for baking. That is what sets this recipe apart. I think you’ll agree with me that this recipe among the other dozen in my newest recipe collection really are “perfect”, simply because YOU decide what you want and what you leave out.
Need a sample recipe to try?
The following recipe is just one of many I include in my Easy Granola Bar recipe collection -
Cranberry White Chocolate
Ingredients½ cup Honey ½ cup Corn Syrup, Karo light (not HFCS, please. Read the label.) ½ teaspoon Sea salt 2 cups Oats 1 cup Rice Krispies™ (or other crunchy cereal) 2 cups Almonds, roasted, roughly chopped 1 cup Craisins™ dried cranberries 1 cup Coconut 2/3 cup white chocolate chips
- In heavy saucepan, cook honey and syrup on medium heat till it boils. Using a candy thermometer, monitor boiling honey till it comes to 250o F.
- Meanwhile, combine oats, rice cereal, almonds, cranberries and coconut in large bowl. I use a Bosch mixer with a collar but you can hand-mix in a bowl – it helps to have a friend: one to stir; one to drizzle syrup.
- Once honey/syrup reaches 250o F, remove from heat and stir in salt.
- Start mixer on low speed and pour over dry ingredients stirring till well combined.
- Butter or Oil a 13 x 9 cookie sheet.
- Dump half of the warm granola mixture into pan and lightly hand press. Sprinkle white chocolate chips evenly over all. Crumble the remaining warm granola over all and press. Finish pressing with a pastry roller.
- Cool to room temperature. You can cool in fridge for about 10 minutes but not much longer. If the chocolate is warm it squishes. If it’s too cold, it won’t cut well.
- Cut into bars. I like to use a pizza roller to get a more even line
- Store in airtight container. Put in ziploc type bags for when you pack in lunch or purse.
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