These granola bars are the perfect grab and go snack. Berry-licious with tiny nibbles of chocolate.
What’s not to love about granola bars, right? They can pass off as a snack, a breakfast, a side item or lunch. Heck, you can even have one for dinner and I won’t tell a soul.
If you follow me on Facebook I posted a photo yesterday of my little helper. A certain little someone came along when I had my back turned and started snapping away. It was too cute to resist a photo myself. Unfortunately all I had was my camera phone.
This picture just proves that they watch everything we do. So I always make sure I’m on my absolute best behavior. *wink* P.S. If you read my post from yesterday you’ll have to understand one thing. This adventurous boy does not get those genes from me. They must come from his father or grandfather or something.
I’m too afraid to go sledding on a treacherous hill. Never mind what he did!
OK. Don’t rant. Back to granola.
These granola bars rock. I love the tiny delightful melty bites of chocolate alongside the blueberries, cranberries and cherries. It’s mmmm….delightful. When I make these like this I usually have to take photos immediately because if I don’t I blink and it’s gone. That’s what happens when you have 3 ‘hungry…um…er…always want to eat’ children.
One of my favorite parts of these granola bars is the organic sugar. It leaves this grainy (in a good way), coarse texture to the bars. Ordinary granulated sugar would just blend right in. Maybe it’s just me. Maybe you wouldn’t even recognize the difference but I do. I love it!
Get yourself some organic sugar just for these bars and tell me it’s not fantastic. No fears though I won’t call the granola bar police if you use regular sugar. It works just as well. Feel free to also you brown sugar if you’d like. But I’m just giving you my 2 cents.
Hope you’re having absolute fantastic day!
Til we meet and eat again,
Mixed Berry Vanilla Granola Bars
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup crisp rice cereal
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds
- 1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/3 cup organic sugar
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup mixed dried berries
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line bottom and sides of a 9 x 13 inch pan with aluminum foil, lightly sprayed with cooking spray or line with parchment.
- Combine oats, rice cereal, almonds, wheat germ and organic sugar in a medium sized bowl.
- In a separate bowl, combine melted butter, honey and vanilla. Stir until thoroughly mixed. Mix in mixed berries and chocolate chips.
- Pour the wet mixture over the dry. Stir well to coat.
- Press into parchment or foil lined 9 x 13 inch pan. Make sure to press very firmly.
- Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
- Let set for 1 hour. Remove from pan and cut into bars. Store covered in a container.
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Natalie @ Tastes Lovely says
These sound delicious! A great healthy option to grab as a snack on the go. That picture of your son helping to take pictures is too adorable!
Thanks Natalie. He is adorable. His looks have to make up for his trouble making. 🙂
Ashley @ My Midwest Table says
These look so good! My oldest is a huge granola bar fan. He has one for breakfast nearly every morning. I bet he would have so much making them!
Helen @ Scrummy Lane says
I’d like to try making some baked granola bars! I tried the raw ones with dates, which are great, but I do love a bit of crunch to my bars!! Love the variety of ingredients in these. You’ve got everything in there: chocolate, fruit, crispy bits, the lot! Pinning!
My kids love granola bars, especially if they contain chocolate chips! I love that these are all natural, and I’ll have to try these! 🙂
They are yummy! Hope you get a chance to make them.
Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats says
These look delicious! I love how kids have to mimic the things we do 🙂
These are absolutely berrylicious. Just the way I like my granola bars!
Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor says
I always love a good grab and go snack. And these berry granola bars look incredible! Love the picture of your little one 🙂
Consuelo @ Honey & Figs says
Aww these look super delish and your son is just adorable :”)
These look delicious. I make granola all the time but haven’t tried granola bars yet. I’m pinning these, seen on Best of the Weekend
Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says
I am craving some good ol chocolate chip granola bars so these would hit the perfect spot!
anna @ annamayeveryday says
Those look delicious! I love granola bars, must make these!
Thank you Anna! Hope you get a chance to try them. I think they’re really yummy.
Deb @ Cooking on the Front Burner says
These look great Melanie! I love all the ingredients you put in these… especially the chocolate 🙂
Chris @ Shared Appetite says
I’m a huge fan of granola bars… I rarely buy them in the store anymore though because of the ridiculous amounts of sugar and HFCS. Love your homemade version! I’m going to have to start DIY’ing my granola bars! Thanks for the inspiration!
You definitely should Chris. Not hard at all and oh so good!
Heather @ French Press says
LOVE love making granola brs
Me too. 🙂 Healthy, delicious and fun.
Trish - Mom On Timeout says
Your son is TOO cute Melanie! These granola bars also look way fabulous – so healthy too!!
Thanks Trish! He keeps me on my toes for sure. 🙂