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Line the base of a 9-by-13-inch pan with parchment paper and spray generously with cooking spray.

In a large bowl combine the oats, crispy rice, peanuts, and raisins; stir to combine. Set aside.

In a large, 2-quart saucepan combine the brown sugar, honey, butter, peanut butter, vanilla, and salt. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, over medium-high heat, until the mixture reaches 220 degrees F on a candy thermometer. Immediately pour the hot liquid over the oat mixture, stirring until all of the dry ingredients are coated.

Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and press into place using your hands. Chill in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.

To serve, cut into half lengthwise; then horizontally into twelve 2-inch bars.


Oat and Honey Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars

These homemade Oat and Honey Chewy No-Bake Granola bars are so quick and easy to make and so delicious you may never buy granola bars again!

These granola bars are my latest snack obsession! They’re sweet and chewy and kind of like a cross between a granola bar and a Rice Krispies treat!

Granola bars are the ultimate wholesome on-the-go snack. Throw one in your purse, bag, briefcase, or lunch box, and you’re ready for when those hunger pangs hit. I’ve always liked the chewy ones better than the crunchy ones myself, which can sometimes be a little dry and crumbly.

If you’ve been following along, you’ll know that I love making homemade versions of store-bought items. These homemade granola bars are one of my most favorite make-at-home items ever! They’re super easy. I know exactly what’s in them. They’re less expensive than store-bought, and they taste so much better than any granola bar I ever bought!

You are going to love how quick and easy this recipe is – everything comes together in less than 10 minutes! Then all you have to do is let them sit in the fridge for a bit to cool and firm up.

Honestly, there really is no reason to buy granola bars when you can make them this fast and this delicious right in your own kitchen! You might even have all the ingredients you need to make these RIGHT NOW!!


50 Bar Cookies

1. Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Beat 2 sticks softened butter and 1 cup each granulated and light brown sugar with a mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy add 3 eggs and 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla. Reduce the speed to low. Add 3 cups flour and 3/4 teaspoon each baking soda and salt beat until combined. Stir in one 12-ounce bag chocolate chips. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes.

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2. M&M Bars Make Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars (No. 1), replacing the chocolate chips with 1 1/2 cups M&M's and 1 cup mini chocolate chips.

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White Chocolate–Macadamia Nut Bars (No. 3)

3. White Chocolate–Macadamia Nut Bars Make Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars (No. 1), using 1 tablespoon vanilla and replacing the chocolate chips with 1 cup each white chocolate chips and crushed salted macadamia nuts.

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Glazed Cappuccino Bars (No. 4)

4. Glazed Cappuccino Bars Make Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars (No. 1), adding 2 tablespoons instant espresso powder with the butter. For the glaze, whisk 1 cup confectioners' sugar with 1 to 2 tablespoons hot water and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla until smooth drizzle over the cooled bars.

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5. Maple-Cinnamon Bars Make Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars (No. 1), replacing 1/2 cup of the brown sugar with pure maple syrup. Add 1/4 teaspoon maple extract with the vanilla and replace the chocolate chips with one 10-ounce bag cinnamon baking chips.

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Banana-Chocolate Bars (No. 6)

6. Banana-Chocolate Bars Make Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars (No. 1), adding 1 mashed large overripe banana with the eggs omit the baking soda and chocolate chips. Dollop 1/2 cup chocolate-hazelnut spread onto the batter in the pan and swirl. Bake 30 to 35 minutes.

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7. Chocolate-Mint Bars Make Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars (No. 1), replacing the chocolate chips with crushed chocolate-mint sandwich cookies.

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Cherry–Chocolate Chunk Bars (No. 8)

8. Cherry–Chocolate Chunk Bars Make Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars (No. 1), adding 1/4 teaspoon almond extract with the vanilla and replacing the chocolate chips with 1 1/4 cups each chocolate chunks and chopped dried cherries.

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9. Sugar Cookie Bars Melt 2 sticks butter let cool slightly. Whisk in 1 1/2 cups sugar, 3 eggs and 1 tablespoon vanilla. Stir in 2 cups flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bake until the edges are set but the center is soft, about 25 minutes.

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10. Birthday Cake Bars Make Sugar Cookie Bars (No. 9) fold 1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles into the batter before baking. Spread vanilla frosting over the cooled bars top with more sprinkles.

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11. Snickerdoodle Bars Make Sugar Cookie Bars (No. 9), adding 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar with the flour. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup cinnamon sugar before baking.

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12. Apple Pie Bars Saute 2 diced peeled Golden Delicious apples in 1/2 stick butter with 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 teaspoon apple pie spice until softened. Make Sugar Cookie Bars (No. 9), stirring the apples into the batter. Sprinkle with coarse sugar before baking.

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13. Chai Tea Bars Make Sugar Cookie Bars (No. 9), adding the contents of 2 chai tea bags with the flour. For the glaze, whisk 1 cup confectioners' sugar with 1 to 2 tablespoons hot brewed chai tea and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla until smooth drizzle over the cooled bars.

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Ginger-Molasses Bars (No. 14)

14. Ginger-Molasses Bars Make Sugar Cookie Bars (No. 9), using only 1/2 cup granulated sugar and adding 1/2 cup each light brown sugar and molasses add 1 teaspoon ground ginger with the flour. Sprinkle with chopped crystallized ginger before baking.

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Oatmeal-Raisin Cookie Bars (No. 15)

15. Oatmeal-Raisin Cookie Bars Pulse 2 sticks softened butter with 3/4 cup each granulated sugar and brown sugar in a food processor until combined. Add 2 1/2 cups rolled oats, 1 1/2 cups flour and 1 teaspoon each baking powder and salt pulse to combine. Add 2 cups raisins, 2 eggs and 2 teaspoons vanilla pulse until large clumps form. Bake until the edges are set but the center is soft, about 35 minutes.

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16. Oatmeal-Fig Bars Make Oatmeal-Raisin Cookie Bars (No. 15), replacing 3/4 cup of the all-purpose flour with whole-wheat flour and the raisins with chopped dried figs.

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Oatmeal Shortbread Bars (No. 17)

17. Oatmeal Shortbread Bars Mix 2 cups flour with 1 1/2 cups rolled oats, 1 cup confectioners' sugar, 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Work in 3 sticks softened butter with your fingers until large clumps form. Bake until lightly browned, 30 minutes.

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Linzer Shortbread Bars (No. 18)

18. Linzer Shortbread Bars Make Oatmeal Shortbread Bars (No. 17), replacing the oats with 3/4 cup almond flour and using only 2 sticks butter. Press two-thirds of the dough into the prepared pan spread with 1 1/4 cups seedless jam and crumble the remaining dough over the top. Bake until lightly browned, 40 to 45 minutes.

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19. Pumpkin Spice Bars Make Oatmeal Shortbread Bars (No. 17), using 2 1/2 cups flour and adding 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice with the flour. Press three-quarters of the dough into the prepared pan spread with 1 1/2 cups pumpkin butter and crumble the remaining dough over the top. Bake until lightly browned, 40 to 45 minutes.

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20. Pecan Pie Bars Mix 3 cups finely ground vanilla wafers with 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1 1/2 sticks melted butter. Press into the prepared pan bake 10 minutes. Let cool completely. Whisk 1 cup light corn syrup with 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 stick melted butter, 3 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla and a pinch of salt pour over the crust and top with 2 cups roughly chopped pecans. Bake until the edges are set but the center is still loose, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool, then chill until set.


Cranberry-Almond Protein Bars

Serves: 8
Nutrition: 312 calories, 22.3 g fat, 4.8 g sat fat, 24.4 g carbs, 5.2 g fiber, 13.4 g sugar, 8.8 g protein

We're big fans of KIND bars (we've even ranked every single KIND bar!), but sometimes you need a grab-and-go breakfast that's a bit more substantial. These bars hit all the same notes—visible nuts, seeds and just a touch of sweetness—with a little more heft to get you through to lunch full and focused. Looking for a little less sweetness? All you need is enough honey and syrup to hold all the natural ingredients together, so feel free to back off on the amount suggested in this recipe.

Get the recipe from Gimme Some Oven.


Best Crunchy Oats and Honey Granola Bars

The most wonderful crunchy homemade granola bars, this is my go-to recipe when I need a healthy, wholesome treat around the house. Everyone loves these oats and honey bars, and they always go fast. Simple to put together and total dead-ringers for the store-bought variety, these are the perfect bars to enjoy for a quick breakfast on the go or an afternoon snack, crumbled over some yogurt (frozen or not) with fresh fruit and an extra drizzle of honey.

Ingredients

3 cups old fashioned rolled oats

½ cup honey, plus extra for drizzling

2 TBSP coconut sugar or brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9” x 13” baking dish with parchment paper or foil and spray liberally with a non-stick spray. Be sure to leave some of the parchment/foil hanging over the edges of the pan for easy grabbing when you want to remove the bars.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, cornmeal, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon stir to mix very well. In a separate, smaller bowl, combine the coconut oil and honey and microwave until the oil is totally melted about 30 seconds or so. Add the sugar and vanilla and stir to combine everything.
  3. Pour the honey mixture into the oats mixture and stir until everything is coated and well mixed. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Spray the bottom of your measuring cup with more non-stick spray and use it to press down on the surface of the granola bar mixture – this will help pack it all in and create the crunchy bars we’re looking for (you can also use a glass for this – whatever works).
  4. Bake for 15 minutes and then remove from the oven. Drizzle the granola bar mixture with more honey, evenly over the whole surface area (about 1 TBSP) and then bake for about 6 to 8 more minutes, or just until you get a nice golden brown color.
  5. Cool for 10 minutes and then cut into bars (I do this right in the pan). If you wait much longer than that, the bars will harden to the point where cutting will become pretty difficult. Let them cool completely after cutting, before you store them/eat them.

Easy Homemade Granola Bars

This is the kind of stuff my childhood was made out of. Homemade versions of popular snacks from granola bars (remember Kudos?) to gold fish to fun fruits, my mother always found a way to give us what we wanted while saving money, making it healthier and letting us have fun in the process.

One of my favorite cloned recipes was for homemade granola bars. This isn’t the recipe I grew up eating but it’s pretty darn close. It super kid-friendly and comes together really fast and easy. Isaac hasn’t been feeling well lately so I made a pan of these as a surprise when he wakes up from his nap. He loves it when I surprise him with food when he wakes up (yep that’s my boy alright!)

Adding chocolate makes everything better!!

These homemade granola bars are chewy, sweet, and delicious! Your imagination truly is the limit here! I’ve made them with salted caramels & chocolate, mini chocolate chips, rolos, oreos, you name it. You can even power-pack them by adding in nuts, wheat germ, dried cranberries, coconut flakes, etc.

How would you like to come home to a plate of these waiting for you?

It may be tempting to want to replace the brown sugar with all honey, but please don’t do it Miss Sophia, trust me, it’s not pretty. The brown sugar-honey-peanut butter- combo creates a nice, chewy “glue” that hold everything together to nicely. This also allows it to be no-bake!


Great Grains Chewy Breakfast Bars

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Post Pebbles, but all opinions are 100% my own. #pmedia #PostWalgreens http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV.

At any given time, if you looked in our kitchen cupboard, you will find at least one box of Post Great Grains cereals! My husband Jack and I both love the mix of fruits, nuts and seeds that are blended in a crispy, delicious, whole grain cereal that is full of natural, healthy, and filling fiber!

So it was a perfect match for us to partner with Post today to share a healthy and delicious recipe using Great Grain cereal: our Great Grains Chewy Breakfast Bars! These bars are a perfect option for when you want a quick, easy, and heart healthy breakfast at home or on the road! And – be sure to shop at Walgreen’s for a great selection of Post brand cereals at a great price!

February is American Heart Month – and it’s an important reminder for all of us to take good care of our health and our hearts! According to the CDC, cardiovascular disease — including heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure — is the # 1 killer of women and men in the United States! Eating a heart-healthy diet is just one way to control some of the risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease – and our Great Grains Chewy Breakfast Bars are a wonderful option.

They are so easy to make too – just mix your favorite Great Grains cereal with wheat germ and chopped mission figs or other dried fruit and then mix with honey, brown sugar, butter, and vanilla extract. Just mix, press firmly into a pan and chill until set. Then cut into bars – and you’re ready to go!


These Creamy, Honey-Sweetened Bars Go Beyond the Chocolate You Know

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I’m committed to teeny suitcases, whether that be a carryon or an easily tote-able weekend bag on a road trip—which usually means that whoever is travelling with me will see the same black boilersuit more times than they’d probably like to. That little suitcase has its perks for my travel mates, though: I always, always find room to tuck a few bars of chocolate inside.

Last month I switched up my quar location and brought a little stack of Honey Mama’s chocolate with me. If you’re familiar with the chewy, soft, decadent bars, you know that’s a true act of dedication since they need to be kept cool (72 is their ideal temp) due to the high coconut oil content. I made room for two slim ice packs on either side of my stash: a setup bulky enough that I had to sacrifice a pair of pants. What can I say? I needed the Honey Mama’s more.

Honey Mama's bars have a pleasingly squidgy texture and decadent creaminess that's difficult to describe: They aren't straightforwardly a chocolate bar. The original bars contain a combination of single-origin alkalized cocoa, unrefined coconut oil, raw organic honey, sprouted almonds, vanilla, Himalayan pink salt, and other flavorful additions like nuts and fruit. They have a cakiness and a dense fudginess that almost makes you feel like you're eating a brownie/chocolate bar hybrid. While luxuriously dessert-like, they aren’t overly sweet, and they have plenty of nuanced, deep dark cocoa flavor. It's also worth noting that, as you might have guessed from all that coconut oil, even the bars not labeled as coconut flavored have a fairly pronounced coconut-forward taste. They’re ideal for anyone who doesn't eat dairy and misses the melty chew of a truffle.

While I love the Original Dutch, the Coffee Nib Crunch with an afternoon cappuccino is, to me, perfect. The bar’s base is like the original, but with a swirl of deep coffee, and the crunchy bite of raw, bracingly bitter cocoa nibs. Another favorites, if you force me to choose favorites, is the Spicy Dark, which combines cayenne and cinnamon for a pleasant little kick. (Ideal for second chocolate of the day, after dinner.)

For packing purposes I like Honey Mama’s new single-serving variety: I’ve diligently eaten every single flavor of this new release in the name of research and have to say I love ‘em all, but it’s the Tahini Tangerine and Oregon Mint versions that really do it for me. The first has an appealing hit of savory flavor, the second a teeny bit of refreshing coolness both are way too good to share. And, if you’re capable of holding a couple bars back during your travels, they make an excellent host gift upon arrival.

Honey Mama’s can be hard to find in the wild. The site has a stockist search, but your best bet is probably buying them in bulk online. Keep them in the fridge as directed, and they’ll stay fresh way longer than it’ll likely take you to work your way through them. Or share with friends they’re an excellent host gift, even if you’re only traveling as far as your neighbor’s porch.


Chewy Sesame Seed Bars

Superfood sesame and chia seeds, hemp hearts, and sunflower seeds are combined with creamy sesame paste, salty-sweet peanut butter, and rich honey in these wholesome, easy to prepare chewy sesame seed bars. What’s not to love about these? They take under 10 minutes to prepare. They’re packed with healthy ingredients. And they’re absolutely delicious!

I’m constantly on the lookout for the perfect energy bar, and coincidentally constantly in the kitchen whipping up new and improved recipes of my favourite homemade bars. It’s a highly impossible mission trying to find the perfect combination of salty-sweet, crunchy-chewy, and crumbly-yet-not-fall-apart bar.

Oh, and did I mention, tasty too? That’s a lot of pressure for one bar.

Having said that, these chewy sesame bars might just be close to perfection, in terms of flavour. Not too sweet, not too salty. They’re rich and creamy and literally melt in your mouth. I love the crunch that the seeds and hemp hearts give to these bars, yet they don’t take away from the chewy bite. On a side note, the quality of ingredients you use to make these bars will make or break this recipe and will greatly determine the overall flavour of the bars. Choose fresh ingredients, particularly a good quality all-natural nut butter and raw, local honey, if possible.

If you’re looking for that bar that holds up well out of the fridge or freezer, this may not be the one for you. They have very few binding ingredients, like oats or nuts, which means they tend to soften easily when at room temperature. I can overlook this fault, however. Their deliciousness makes up for it!

I store these in the freezer and remove them about 5 minutes before eating. Albeit, I’ve forgotten them on the counter a few times, returning after a while to enjoy them, and actually didn’t mind the sticky mess they made of my fingers! Maybe not the best portable snack, but definitely the tastiest bar I’ve made to date!

If you try this recipe (and love it!) be sure to snap a pic and tag me on Instagram with #bitesforfoodies so I can see your creation!


7 Healthy Homemade Granola Bar Recipes for Weight Watchers

Ellie’s Easy Healthy Energy Bars

This recipe makes delicious soft and chewy healthy granola bars (or energy bars) full of oats, dried fruit, and whole grains.

They are not overly sweet – just lightly sweetened with the natural goodness of maple syrup – my favorite natural sweetener.

Not only are they healthy and delicious, they are easy as pie to make. This recipe makes a cake-like soft and chewy granola/energy bar.

According to my calculations, each bar has about 133 calories, *4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus, *5 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.

Nigella’s Healthy Breakfast Bars 2.0

These healthy breakfast bars contain no processed sugar and are brimming with good-for-you ingredients. Make these bars over the weekend, and you’ll be set up for the week if you’re someone who needs to grab-and-go in the morning.

I thought these breakfast bars were good. Chewy, satisfying and not overly sweet.

Adapt these to what you like and have on hand. You can, for example, use sunflower seeds in place of flaxseeds, or half and half rather than all flaxseeds, and you can also use puffed rice or buckwheat flakes in place of cornflakes.

According to my calculations each bar has about 200 calories and *6 Freestyle SmartPoints.

Crunchy Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Packed with real oats, honey, chopped peanuts, and peanut butter, they are like Nature Valley Peanut Butter Crunchy Granola Bars, only better.

This recipe makes 16 crunchy peanut butter granola bars, each with 203 calories, *5 Weight Watchers PointsPlus, *7 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.

Nigella’s Breakfast Bars Made WW Friendly

These are the yummiest granola bars I’ve ever tasted—homemade or otherwise. It’s a good thing I only made a half batch because they are addictive, just like she said.

Once you taste these you’ll never want another store-bought granola bar, that’s for sure!

The recipe comes from Nigella Express: 130 Recipes for Good Food, Fast (affiliate link) one of my favorite of her cookbooks. As soon as I saw the picture of these homemade breakfast/granola bars, I had a feeling I would fall in love with them.

They’re chock-a-block full of some of my favorite things including, coconut, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and peanuts, all held together with sweetened condensed milk.

To make them Weight Watchers friendly, I substituted non-fat sweetened condensed milk and cut them into 24 bars, instead of the suggested 16, giving them a WW Freestyle SmartPoints value of *7.

No Bake Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (image courtesy EatYourselfSkinny)

No Bake Almond Butter Granola Bars

These granola bars are crunchy, chewy and lightly sweetened with honey and brown sugar. If you want to omit the sugar altogether, you can easily just add a little extra honey.

And there is ZERO baking required, which means they are literally the easiest thing you will make this week.

These are also great for kids too! They’ll love helping you make them, especially sprinkling the mini chocolate chips over top—but most of all they’ll enjoy eating them!

Store these individually wrapped in plastic wrap in a sealed air-tight container to keep them fresh, or feel free to freeze them for later.

Each bar has about 145 calories and *6 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.

Rice Krispie Granola Treats (image courtesy DrizzleMeSkinny)

Peanut Butter Chocolate Rice Krispie Granola Treats

These little ooey gooey treats are delicious and all for only *3 WW Freestyle SmartPoints each, definitely worth the sticky fingers!

They are made with maple syrup to give them their sticky texture, but you can’t taste too much of the maple. I myself am not a huge maple fan and I loved these!

No oven needed, so a perfect no-bake treat to whip up on a hot day.

Grab-n-Go Cereal Bars (image courtesy Snack-Girl)

Grab and Go Cereal Bars

I like these grab and go cereal bars because (basically) this recipe is just fruits and nuts stuck together by nut butter and mashed bananas. They are easy to make and store well in the fridge or freezer.

They are gluten free and vegan! If you like grabbing a bar for breakfast, give these a try.

According to calculations, these have about 190 calories and *6 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.

*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.

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Martha is the founder and main content writer for Simple-Nourished-Living.

A longtime lifetime WW at goal, she is committed to balancing her love of food and desire to stay slim while savoring life and helping others do the same.

A huge fan of the slow cooker and confessed cookbook addict, when she's not experimenting in the kitchen, you're likely to find Martha on her yoga mat.

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