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Granola Bars

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Granola bars are a versatile and convenient snack that originated in the United States. They gained popularity in the late 19th century as a health food, particularly among followers of the vegetarian and natural living movements. Initially, granola was consumed as loose grains mixed with nuts, seeds, and sweeteners, but the compact, portable form of granola bars became widespread in the mid-20th century.

Today, granola bars are enjoyed worldwide for their convenience, nutrition, and versatility. They are particularly popular in North America, where they are commonly consumed as a quick breakfast or on-the-go snack. Their popularity stems from their ability to provide a satisfying combination of carbohydrates, protein, and fiber, making them an ideal choice for busy individuals looking for a nutritious and portable snack option. Additionally, the endless variety of flavors and customizable ingredients allow for a personalized snacking experience tailored to individual tastes and dietary preferences.

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  • Rolled oats or quick cooking oats
  • Rice Krispies
  • Butter
  • Brown sugar (preferable, but white sugar can be used)
  • Liquid sugar (honey, agave, maple syrup, etc.)
  • Salt
  • Vanilla extract (optional)

Optional Add-ins for Nut and Raisin Bars

  • Toasted chopped nuts (such as almonds)
  • Raisins
  • Unsweetened coconut

Optional Add-ins for Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

  • Peanut butter (smooth or chunky)
  • Toasted peanuts
  • Jam or jelly (such as raspberry or strawberry)

Optional Add-ins for Double Chocolate Bars

  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Chocolate morsels or chocolate chips

Additional Toppings

  • Toasted almonds
  • More toasted peanuts
  • More chocolate chips (for Double Chocolate Bars)

These ingredients can be mixed and matched to create various flavors of granola bars.


  1. Prepare dry ingredients by combining oats and Rice Krispies in a large bowl.
  2. Melt butter with brown sugar and liquid sugar until combined.
  3. Optionally, add salt and vanilla extract for flavor.
  4. Pour the melted butter and sugar mixture over the dry ingredients and mix well.
  5. Add any optional flavorings like peanut butter, jam, or cocoa powder and mix thoroughly.
  6. Press the mixture into a lined tray, ensuring it's evenly spread and compacted.
  7. Optionally, sprinkle additional toppings like toasted almonds, peanuts, or chocolate chips on top.
  8. Chill the tray in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours to set the granola bars.
  9. Once set, cut into bars or squares using a sharp knife.
  10. Store the granola bars in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to five days.
  11. Enjoy your homemade granola bars as a tasty snack or treat!
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