I don’t know about you, but with the current coronavirus climate I am searching high and low for easy recipes for my kids to make while home for an extended period of time. I want something that is easy for older elementary kids to do mostly on their own, with minimal supervision from mom. These homemade granola bars are not only a great snack for kids who are around all day, but are also quick to make, easy for kids to follow the recipe and clean up.
This recipe has been around our house for awhile, though I haven’t made them much recently. With kids home full-time right now, I pulled it out of my memory archives and thought it would be a great one to share with you right now. If your kids are begging to make something yummy and you want something quick, easy and delicious…check, check, check! These are for you! My fifth grader made these independently and her brothers have helped gobble them up. They freeze well, store well in an airtight container and will hopefully last us more than twenty-four hours. I can see these becoming a staple in our house. I hope you enjoy!
- 6 Tablespoons butter
- ½ cup honey
- ¼ cup light brown sugar, packed
- 3 cups quick cook oats (NOT rolled)
- 1 ½ cups rice krispies
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- ½ cup mini chocolate chips
- ½ cup mini marshmallows
- A few extra chocolate chips and marshmallows to sprinkle on top
- Coat a 9 by 13 pan with cooking spray.
- Stir together oats, rice krispies, chocolate chips and marshmallows in a large bowl.
- On the stove heat the butter, honey and brown sugar. Once the mixture is completely melted and beginning to bubble take it off the heat and stir in the vanilla and a pinch of salt.
- Pour sugar mixture over the oat mixture and stir to combine. Top with mini chocolate chips and mini marshmallows. Press into 9 by 13 pan and let cool completely, 1-2 hours. If you can’t wait that long, put the pan in the freezer for 20 minutes to help the bars harden. Cut into pieces and enjoy!
Recipe notes: If you only have rolled oats on hand, give them a quick whirl in the blender to break them down. You can also leave out the chocolate chips and marshmallows and sub any other goodie in there…nuts, peanut butter chips, raisins, etc…
Please share this recipe if you enjoyed it! Post a photo and tag me @amybakesbread so I can see your bake 🙂