I am one hot momma. No, not the stylish good-looking kind. I’m referring to the over-heated, sweat beads on my forehead and my neck is damp because the rays beat down on my long black hair. This hot weather keeps my oven turned off, along with this granola bar recipe I created from five ingredients. You heard it right, five simple healthy ingredients: cheerios, rolled oats, honey, brown sugar, peanut butter and optional chocolate chips.
I measure the brown sugar and honey and bring it to a boil. Then I stir in the peanut butter and mix well.
I pour the cheerios and oats right into the pan (less dishes which I love). Next the mixture goes into a 9×13 dish/pan sprayed with cooking spray.
I use the back of a rubber scraper to press firmly into pan. I use just a small handful of chocolate chip to press on top for color. This is totally optional and taste great without them. You could stir in 1/4 cup cranberries or nuts. My kids enjoy the simplicity and I do too! Allow it to set for an hour or two or speed the process up using your fridge or freezer. Cut into bars.
This is such an easy weekly recipe for a healthy snack or dessert. Hey, I let my kids eat these for breakfast. Cheerios, oats, honey, why not? No high fructose corn syrup or preservatives. Add a glass of milk and they’re good to go for the day. These are so good my kids won’t let the chips firm up which makes them ooey, gooey.
And they get them all over their face, which makes them look adorable and makes me feel like a good momma for making a whole foods snack.
Feel free to double the following recipe and freeze an extra tray or individually for quick grab and go. Omit the chips if you want pack for hot weather or try dried fruit add-ins.
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 2 cups cheerios
- 2 cups rolled oats
- optional ingredients to press on top or mix in: dried fruit, nuts or chocolate chips (press the chips on top or they will melt)
- In a small pan, mix brown sugar and honey.
- Heat and stir until boiling.
- Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter.
- Pour in measured cereal and oats and mix well.
- Press firmly into a 9x13 pan sprayed with cooking spray.
- Press a handful of chocolate chips on top if desired.
- Cool and cut into 15 bars.
- You can freeze these bars individually and thaw on the day you want to eat.
- Or store in an airtight container three to five days.
What is your favorite snack to freeze?