These Homemade S’mores Granola Bars are a great snack idea for the kids. They are easily made and require no baking with marshmallows, chocolate chips and crushed graham crackers. A bit of honey and molasses give these bars the perfect, chewy texture.
My kids are obsessed with these granola bars. As they are, with all things marshmallow and chocolate. I like to make a batch of these over the weekend and pack them for school snacks throughout the week (if I don’t eat them all myself). The biggest hurdle, is trying to keep little hands from stealing all the ingredients before getting everything in the mixing bowl. I’ve created mini little food blogging monsters. I caught them having a food photography session with their Leappad and fake kitchen food. My daughter, told me she wants to open a bakery when she grows up. The youngest wants to be a farmer. Sounds like a great opportunity for a farm to table bakery. Hopefully, the future farmer gets over her fear of animals…LOL.
You can easily, use this recipe as a good base and load’em up with all your favorite toppings. These bars would be great with nuts and dried fruit for a healthier option. A bit of flax-seed thrown in the mix never hurt the old digestive track anyways. The possibilities are just endless.
I started off this recipe by giving the oats a light toast in the oven for optimal granola bar flavor. While the oats are toasting, a bit of graham cracker gets crushed up in a baggie.
A bit of butter, brown sugar, honey and molasses get heated together to form the glue for a perfectly, chewy granola bar.
Allow the sauce to cool slightly; add the crushed graham crackers, chocolate chips and marshmallows. I found these Vanilla Mallow Bits at Target and they worked perfectly.
Transfer the sticky, oat mixture to a square baking pan and mash is down with the back of a measuring cup. Ensure you give the top an extra layer of marshmallow and chocolate chips!
Pop it in the freezer for around 30 minutes, cut it into rectangles and enjoy! I store mine an an air-tight container and it lasts for the week.
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These chewy, Homemade S'mores Granola Bars have crushed graham cracked, marshmallow and chocolate chips and require no baking.
- 2 1/2 c. oats
- 1/2 c. coarsely crushed graham crackers
- 1/3 c. vanilla mallow bits You can also cut up mini marshmallows.
- 1/3 c. mini chocolate chips
- 1/4 c. butter
- 1/3 c. Dark Brown Sugar
- 1/3 c. honey
- 1 tbsp. molasses
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. vanilla
Evenly spread the oats onto the bottom of a baking sheet and toast at 325 degrees for around 10 minutes; stirring around halfway through baking time.
While the oats are toasting, prepare the sauce. In a medium saucepan; melt the butter and add the brown sugar. Cook on medium/high eat until the sugar dissolves into the butter. Mix in the honey, molasses, vanilla and salt. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
After the butter mixture as cooled for a bit; stir in the oats until evenly coated. Lightly stir in the graham cracker, marshmallows and chocolate chips; reserving around 1/3 of the chocolate chips and marshmallows for the top of the granola bars.
Coat the bottom of a 9 inch square baking pan with strips of parchment paper; allowing the ends to hang over the sides for easy removal.
Add the oat mixture to the bottom of the baking pan and evenly spread the mixture. Top with the extra marshmallows and chocolate chips. Firmly press down the top with the back of a measuring cup.
Freeze for around 30 minutes until firm. Cut into desired serving size. Store in an airtight container for up to 10 days for best results.