Easy Granola Bar Recipe for Kids – Five Ingredients

October 22, 2012 by 15 Comments

Easy Granola Bar Recipe for Kids is a great snack option around my house because it uses ingredients I always have in my pantry and my sweeties love them.  I made a batch over the weekend and Big B was watching how many Stud and I ate because he wanted to make sure there were enough left for him to have packed in his lunch this morning.  I love that my boy appreciates a great snack!  This recipe is so easy, making another batch is totally no big deal!  Note:  These are messy!

After setting the oven to 350 degrees, I tossed my ingredients into a large bowl.  This recipe calls for 1/2 cup of all the ingredients, with exception to 2 cups of oatmeal.  I haven’t had my kids make this recipe yet, because I love how impressed they are when I serve them, but I’m thinking this will be the next snack recipe I teach them.  It is SUPER simple and totally rewarding!

Easy Granola Bar Recipe for Kids

Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Barns and Noodles
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Serves: 15 bars
  • 2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (or 1 stick butter, softened)
  • 1/2 cup M&Ms (raisins, cranberries, chocolate chips, sunflower seeds, etc.)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray (for thicker bars use a 9×9 pan).
  3. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
  4. Press into prepared pan and bake for about 18 minutes, or until lightly golden on edges.
  5. Cool five minutes in pan, cut into squares and completely cool before serving.
  6. Store in an airtight container.
  7. Makes 18 bars.

PS  Stud and I exercised serious self control….Easy Granola Bars are packed in my sweeties lunches today…sorry about the crumbs cafeteria workers!

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15 Responses to “Easy Granola Bar Recipe for Kids – Five Ingredients”
  1. Oh these look soooooooooo good. I need to make some. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  2. Anna says:

    This big kid (me) is all about recipes that are “easy” with “5 ingredients!” I almost always have those 5 ingredients in the pantry. MUST try this!

    🙂 Anna

  3. Peggy says:

    I love this. Please link it to my linky party & anything else you have to share. It just went live a little early 🙂 Thanks, Peggy. http://diycraftyprojects.com/2012/10/whatcha-work-up-wednesday-5-linky-parties-are-back.html

  4. Jelli says:

    Kids snack? I think this would be a perfect husband snack too 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing. I really enjoy trying new granola bar recipes and we’re pretty big on pb in our house. Found you from 52 Mantels. Have a great weekend, Aimee!

  5. Mel says:

    oh very easy, must give these a try, pinning this

  6. Sarah says:

    Wow! Gorgeous stuff! I am your newest follower and was hoping that you would hop on over to my blog and return the favor!!


    Thank you!

  7. Super easy and even the little one can help. Great recipe!

  8. Kate says:

    My 3 year old and I made these this afternoon. We subbed Old Fashioned Oats for quick cooking…is that why they’re awful? Because neither of my kids, 3 and 7, will eat them. 🙁 I’m disappointed because it looks like a great recipe!

    • Aimee says:

      Hi Kate…Total bummer…the old fashion oats are super tough to chew..I use them in recipes that are combined with a liquid so they soften. The texture of the quick oats makes all the difference. XO, Aimee

  9. LeVincia says:

    I made these but with almonds and dark chocolate chunks BUT mine did not stay together! 🙁 Tasted delicious but turned out more like granola than a granola BAR. Good recipe though.

  10. AnDi says:

    My daughter made these for her math class to learn to follow a recipe! We loved these. You have to really push the granola out into the pan, but its amazing!

  11. Chelsey says:

    Could I substitute plain choc chips instead of m&m’s?

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