My kids always beg for snacks and candies when we are shopping at the grocery stores. They always seem to ask for the same granola bars over and over. They like to pack them in their lunches or eat them after school. But with three growing children, you can just imagine how many boxes of granola bars we have gone through over the years.
Now some days it is just easier to grab a box of the pre-packaged snacks and call it a day, but other days I get that domestic urge to create my own fun snack. These little chocolate granola bar bites are very easy to put together. After making a pan of treats in about 10 minutes, I realized I really shouldn’t be buying those store bars. Of course, I came to my senses pretty quickly when I realized that I’m not a supermom. Three children, 4 sports, plus all the other activities and homework means more boxed bars will probably happen at the store again.
On the days when we are not as busy, I will be making more of these homemade granola bars though. They start by melting down some Challenge Butter, honey, and brown sugar into hot syrup. Then you stir in your cocoa, oats, cereal, and sprinkles until it is all coated. Firmly press that mixture into a greased foil lined pan and let it cool. When it is cooled and set, you can add a layer of chocolate and more sprinkles. These sprinkles can be color coordinated with whatever holiday or season it is.
Pull the foil and treats out of the pan and cut into large or small bars. I love cutting them into these small bite sized bars and packing them in individual snack bags. They are the perfect little grab and go breakfast when the kids are running behind in the morning.
12-24 granola bars
- ¼ cup Challenge Butter
- ¼ cup honey
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- 1 ½ cups quick oats
- 2 cups chocolate rice cereal
- ¼ cup colored sprinkles, plus extra for decoration
- ½ cup chocolate melting wafers
1Melt the butter, honey, and sugar in a large saucepan. Whisk in the cocoa powder.
2Stir in the oats until completely coated. Then stir in the cereal and ¼ cup sprinkles until coated again.
3Press the mixture firmly into a buttered foil-lined 8x8 pan. Let cool.
4Melt the chocolate wafers according to the package directions. Spread on the top of the cooled granola bars. Top with extra sprinkles. Let set. Cut into 12 or 24 bars or bites. Store in a sealed bag or container.