This a recipe is definitely one of my kids favorites. Since I usually serve these as a dessert for my family, I top ours with chocolate, but you could definitely do without if you wanted to make them a little less sweet. Because we bake allergy-friendly at our house, we make these with raisins, cherries, marshmallows, and sunflower seeds, but you could add nuts if you’d like!
To make these Kid’s Friendly Homemade Chewy Granola Bars you will need:
- 2 1/2 cups oats - (I use 1/2 quick-cooking and half rolled oats)
- 3 tablespoons of wheat germ
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter or coconut oil
- 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries, chopped or raisins
- 3 tablespoons mini marshmallows
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips for top
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x9 baking pan with cooking spray or grease with butter/coconut oil. On another small baking sheet, add oats and wheat germ bake for 10 minutes, stirring halfway thru. Pour the toasted oats into a large mixing bowl.
- Combine butter or coconut oil, honey, and brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally until butter melts and the sugar has completely dissolved. Remove from the heat and stir in the salt, vanilla, and cranberries (or raisins).
- Pour the honey mixture in to bowl with toasted oats and wheat germ. Mix well. Let the oat-honey mixture cool for about 5 minutes then add marshmallows, chocolate chips, seeds or anything else you'd like. Stir to combine.
- Transfer mixture to your prepared pan and use a rubber spatula or damp finger tips to firmly press the mixture into the pan. You need to press for a minute or two to be sure the bars will stay together once they are cooled.
- Sprinkle the chocolate chips over your granola mixture and put it back in the warm oven for 5 minutes. This starts to melt the chips so you can use a rubber spatula to gently spread the chocolate over the top.
- Cover then refrigerate for about 2 hours. Cut into 12 large or 18 small bars.
Here’s what you do: