Yummy No-Bake Granola Bars

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  • 2 ½ cups Rice Krispies
  • 2 cups quick cooking oats
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup light corn syrup (or honey for a healthier version)
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ cup chocolate chips (optional)

Combine cereal, oats, and raisins in a large bowl. In a small saucepan, heat the corn syrup (or honey) and brown sugar to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla extract and blend until smooth. Pour this over the cereal mixture and mix well. Add chocolate chips (optional) and mix thoroughly. Press into an ungreased 9×13-inch baking dish. Cool. Cut into bars.

Note: Any type of unsweetened cereal may be used in place of rice cereal. You may also reduce the amount of Rice Krispies used and increase the amount of quick cooking oats. Just make sure to use a total of 4 ½ cups of oats/cereal.

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  1. Thanks for sharing this. I've tried your recipe three times, once with Karo- perfect, once with honey, worked, but the last time we called it spoonola because it just didn't stick together. I blame it on a combination of humidity and my poor measuring. It still tasted good and the kids ask for spoonola.
  2. What can I use in place of the peanut butter and can I add more brown sugar to cut down on the flavor of the honey?
    1. Hi Alexis, In place of peanut butter, you could use any other nut butter such as almond butter. Regarding the brown sugar, you could try using maple syrup instead. I'm not sure about cutting the amount of honey and increasing the amount of brown sugar...it may make it too dry, but you could sure try! Let me know how it goes!
  3. These look great, Sheri! Is it awful that most of my children don't like raisins? If I put in chocolate chips and some peanuts, I know they would gobble these up, though! :-) I've been looking for a good, easy, chewy-style granola bar and am going to have to give these a try - every recipe I've ever made of yours has been delicious. :-) Blessings, Kate
    1. Hi Kate, Don't like raisins? You could do some dates - do they like those? Or the nuts and chocolate chips sound good too. We LOVE these granola bars. You can wrap them up in sandwich bags and freeze in a ziplock bag. They make great treats to pull out when you need them!
      1. Oh, dates are a great idea! I have one child that loathes raisins so much that he won't even eat the sweet yogurt covered ones. :-( Several others are crazy about raisins and will eat them in any form for any reason. Funny, isn't it? They were all raised eating the same food . . . . Even the anti-raisin crowd will eat most other dried fruits. I do some wonderful chewy oatmeal cookies with craisins, dried blueberries, dried cherries, and dark chocolate chips. I might try a combo like that with dates and other fruits in these bars. I love recipes where I can play around like that! :-) Blessings, Kate

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