Thin Mint Granola Bars

Crushed cookies add another dimension of flavor to homemade granola bars.  These Thin Mint Granola Bars are easy to make and perfect for breakfast or lunch boxes.

Thin Mint Granola Bars - mint cookies and a chocolate drizzle take these homemade granola bars over the top
I have a habit of buying cookies and hiding them under the cupboard.  My family is pretty used to my sugar buying, so they know that most of the “extra” food is for the crazy baking that happens in our house.

So a package of store brand Thin Mints is definitely not just for eating.  They know me a little too well for that.  The first thing my daughter asked when she saw those cookies was, “what are you putting those in?”.  She was right.  They were definitely not for eating…at least not the traditional way.   [Read more...]

No Bake Nutella S’mores Granola Bars

Mini chocolate chips and marshmallows add a fun twist to these no bake granola bars.  S’mores for breakfast or after school will have everyone smiling.

No Bake Nutella S'mores Granola Bars - easy no bake granola bars that are perfect for breakfast or as after school snacks

 Lately I have become obsessed with making everything granola.  We have had granola bites and granola bars every single week for the past month.  I’m trying to space them out sharing them here because I’m sure you are not as obsessed as I am.

It all started with these Skinny Peanut Butter Granola Bites and has just spiraled out of control.  Let’s just say that the big container of rolled oats is down to the last few oats.  Mental note:  add that to the grocery list.

Peanut butter, cranberry, coconut, sprinkles, chocolate chip, blueberry…just a few of the things that have made their way into our granola bars/bites recently.  [Read more...]

White Chocolate Caramel Granola Bars

These White Chocolate Caramel Granola Bars are an easy way to start out the day with homemade goodness.  They are perfect for breakfast or snacking on any time of day.

White Chocolate Caramel Granola Bars from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - easy homemade granola bars that taste amazing

 Right now I am sitting inside all toasty warm with my space heater.  Outside the weather is frightful.  We are under a winter storm warning with a severe wind chill warning.  Everything has shut down around here for the day and possibly for the day tomorrow.

Our kids are excited that another day has possibly been added to their winter break…little do they realize that just means another day somewhere else ;-)   [Read more...]

Raspberry Hot Chocolate Bars

Raspberry Hot Chocolate Bars

 Hello, Raspberry Hot Chocolate Bar goodness!

Yes, I like to incorporate chocolate into my breakfast every.single.chance I get!  I don’t see it as any different than adding chocolate chips to muffins.  And I’m not going to apologize for the spots of color in my baked goods.

Lately I have had some not so favorable comments about this Almond Joy Banana Bread…I am fully prepared for the bashing these granola bars will take for the color in them.  Bring it on…it won’t stop me from throwing colored M&M’s into more things.  Actually it just might make me do it more.  I’m kind of like that! ;-)

Raspberry Hot Chocolate Bars

 This bar recipe has become my favorite go-to granola bar.  It is so easy to customize it for other flavors.  Last month I had the thought that hot chocolate would be great in them.  Turns out I was right…I only know this because the pan of Peppermint Hot Chocolate granola bars disappeared rather quickly.  Probably from all the “just one more” bites I kept taking.

So, when I started thinking of doing more recipes with hot chocolate, I went to the grocery store and started looking for some other flavors.  As soon as I saw the raspberry flavor, I knew that I had to try that for the bars.  Finding the raspberry M&M’s in the candy aisle was just the icing on the cake….or should I say the chocolate in my bar.  I love these pretty pink and red candies.  They are the perfect color and flavor for Valentine’s day treats.

Raspberry Hot Chocolate Bars

 My daughter went to a sleepover last weekend.  It was the perfect “excuse” to bake yet another treat.  Actually I was happy to get these Raspberry Hot Chocolate bars out of the house.  I couldn’t stop eating little bites.  It is possible that I like this version the best out of all the ones I have made.

Let’s just talk about this sleepover for just one minute.  Can you believe my daughter told me to make sure I wore make up when I picked her up?  Apparently I just look better that way.  Ha!  Yes, I walk around my house with no makeup on and sometimes even mismatched clothes.  Or better yet…I have been wearing my tight jeans this week.  My thought is that it will stop me from eating more sweets if I can’t breathe!  It has worked one day so far.

Raspberry Hot Chocolate Bars

 Ok, let’s get to the bars because really that’s why you are here right?  To scroll through my ramblings and get to the recipe?

The texture of these bars is soft and chewy.  They aren’t hard and crumbly like the store bought ones.  If you like the hard ones, you could probably bake these an extra 5-10 minutes and get that texture.  But I like all my baked goods to be soft, so I pulled them out of the oven at 22 minutes.  I almost second guessed myself because they looked underdone.     For one split second I thought about baking them longer.  They had an almost undone look to them.

DON”T bake them any longer.  They will set up as they cool and become this perfect chewy granola bar texture.  The raspberry hot chocolate is subtle but definitely there.  The raspberry M&M’s help enhance the raspberry flavor just a little bit more.

If you don’t like that much chocolate on your breakfast goods, go ahead and skip the CandiQuik drizzle.  Like I said, I always look for ways to include chocolate in every meal, but that’s just me.

Raspberry Hot Chocolate Bars

Raspberry Hot Chocolate Bars

 These are the perfect on the run bar.  Package them individually in ziplock bags and grab one as you run out the door for school or work.

The only thing you will regret is not grabbing TWO for the road.

 

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Raspberry Hot Chocolate Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 14 minutes

Yield: 12 bars

Raspberry Hot Chocolate Bars

These quick and easy granola bars get their flavor from a raspberry hot chocolate mix and raspberry M&M's.

Ingredients

3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
2 1/2 cups quick oats
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup raspberry Hot Chocolate (I used Land O Lakes)
3/4 cup Raspberry M&M's
1 cup Kraft Chocolate Mini Mallow Bits
3 ounces White CandiQuik melted

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar until creamy. Add the vanilla and eggs and beat again. Mix together the flour, oats, and salt and slowly add to the butter mixture. Stir in 1/2 cup of the M&M's and the marshmallow bits.
  2. Spread mixture into a greased 9x13 pan. Press the extra 1/4 cup of M&M's into the top of the batter. Bake at 350* for 22 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. Cut into 12 bars. Drizzle the bars with melted CandiQuik. Let set. Store in a sealed container for up to 5 days.
http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2013/01/raspberry-hot-chocolate-bars/

Want to try a few more of our favorite granola bars?

caramel apple granola bars

Caramel and Apple chunks give these Caramel Apple Bars the perfect texture.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Granola Bars

Chocolate and Peppermint is always a winner in these Peppermint Hot Chocolate Bars.

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No Bake M&M Granola Bars

Time for another fun round of Secret Recipe Club
No Bake M&M Granola Bars
What is that you ask?
It is a group of bloggers that get together and make a recipe from their assigned blog each month!
Basically we are encouraged to blog stalk until we find the “perfect” recipe!
This month I was given The Fearless Homemaker!!!
I have been following and reading Amy’s blog for a while now…
oh and keeping up with her on facebook and instagram too :-)
So, I was so excited to go through some more of her posts that were “new” to me,
and to get to know her even more!!!
That girl has some awesome stuff going on over at her blog…
things like Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Muffins (those are most definitely going to happen soon too) look at theses Pumpkin Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Buttercream (love me some pumpkin and salted caramel), and oh me, oh my S’mores Cheesecake with Toasted Marshmallow Topping (I die).  

I seriously wasn’t sure how I was going to pick just one recipe to make this month.
And I will eventually try them all, but for today
the No Bake Granola Bars won out.
Mostly because it was over 90* the week I made them,
and after a day at the pool I was feeling kind of lazy like!
No bakes it is!!!
Plus, my kids eat granola bars like they are going out of style,
so I decided that making my own is cheaper and better than the processed cheap ones
I have been feeding them.

I’m not sure if I will ever buy another box from the store again!!!
These were so delicious and fresh!

And I love being able to throw whatever I have in my cupboard at the time
for new varieties!!!  So many things you could do with this recipe.
I’m thinking a peanut butter cup version needs to happen asap :-)
Love me my pb cups!!!

No Bake M&M Granola Bars

This time I pretty much stuck to the recipe…
not much you can change up except your mix ins.
(Next time I am thinking about using coconut oil though.)
That I had fun digging through my cupboard for goodies.
I came out with mini m&m’s, mini chocolate chips,
mini marshmallow bits, and chopped peanuts!!!
Why yes, I do love all things mini :-)

These were fantastic and I can’t wait to make more,
with lots more fun flavor combo’s!
Thank you Amy for so many great recipes and a fun blog to read!!!
You are the bomb girl!

 

No Bake M&M Granola Bars

Yield: 24 granola bars

No Bake M&M Granola Bars

No bake granola bars are a fun way to enjoy a snack in the afternoon. Have fun with the mix ins and create your own fun flavor.

Ingredients

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 cups quick oats
1 cup rice krispies cereal
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chopped peanuts
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup mini M&M’s
1/2 cup mini marshmallow bits

Instructions

  1. Combine the oats and cereal and set aside. In a large saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar and honey. Stir over medium heat until melted and the mixture begins to bubble. Reduce heat and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the vanilla. Add the oats mixture and stir until coated. Let cool for a few minutes before stirring in all the mix ins.
  2. Press into a greased 9x13 pan. Make sure you really press it down so everything sticks together. Let cool on the counter for about 2 hours before cutting into 24 bars. Store in a tightly sealed container.

Notes

Loosely adapted from The Fearless Homemaker

http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2012/06/no-bake-mm-granola-bars-src/

Caramel Oatmeal Bars

These Caramel Oatmeal Bars are an easy breakfast to have ready on busy mornings.  Homemade granola bars never looked so good.
I love that the internet is a fun place to be able to share my crazy baking stuff.
Creative people have a strange desire to share their crafting love with others.
And blogging has given me a connection with others
that are just as “crazy” about baking as me.
It is a fun outlet.
 
I love sharing my baking passion with all of you.
It makes me the happiest to be creating in my kitchen
and then happy to share the fun recipes online.
I love that bloggers get bloggers.
You all leave the sweetest comments. (don’t ever stop:-)
 
Last fall I joined the Secret Recipe Club.
Just another fun way to “connect” with more fun foodies!!!
 
Once a month you are assigned another food blogger to “stalk”.
No really, you are supposed to study this person
and find one of their yummy recipes to recreate without telling them.
 
Stalking, right?

Caramel Oatmeal Bars - caramel and potato chips make these a delicious and fun granola bar
This month I was assigned Ruchi’s Simply Food.
This girl keeps herself busy making super cute cakes
and hosting baking classes for kids.
I enjoyed reading through her posts as I searched for the perfect recipe.
When I clicked on her Chocolate Chunk Walnut Cookies
I knew it was going to be a winner.
What totally sold me was that it was one bowl recipe.
Any time I can bake and not make a huge mess…win win for everyone.
Caramel Oatmeal Bars - caramel and potato chips make these a delicious and fun granola bar
I used almost the exact same recipe, but
I decided to simplify the recipe even more.
Instead of taking the time to make cookies, I used a 9X13 pan.
Simple is always better, right?
As I dug through my baking cupboard,
I pulled out a bag of opened caramel bits.
For some reason this sounded really good to me.
And then a lightbulb went off
as I thought about the potato chips in the other cupboard.
Potato chips and caramel bits mixed with some marshmallow bits?
Yes, please.
This might be my new favorite flavor combo.
At least for today :-)
Caramel Oatmeal Bars

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 14 granola bars

Caramel Oatmeal Bars

Homemade granola bars are easy to do. They make the perfect on the go breakfast.

Ingredients

3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
2 1/2 cups quick oats
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup caramel baking bits
1 cup plain potato chips, crushed
3/4 cup mini marshmallow bits
1/4 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon shortening

Instructions

  1. Cream the butter and sugar until light and creamy. Add the vanilla and eggs and cream again. Slowly add the flour, cinnamon, and salt. Add the oats a little bit at a time. The dough will be very stiff. Stir in the caramel, marshmallows, and chips by hand.
  2. Spread in a greased 9×13 baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-22 minutes. Cool completely. Cut into 14 bars.
  3. Melt the white chocolate chips and shortening in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat. Spoon into a plastic bag with one corner cut off. Drizzle over the bars. Let set. Store in a sealed container. Makes 14 granola bars.

Notes

*Recipe adapted from Ruchi's Simply Food

http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2012/04/caramel-oatmeal-bars-src/