What’s Cookin’ – S’More Granola Bars

Another one of my favorite cooking sites is the Joy of Baking.  There are hundreds of great recipes along with how to tips and videos.  They also have a Facebook Fan Page here.

My baby, the runner, eats a lot of granola and protein bars.  But they are very expensive, and she is very picky so I’ve been trying out recipes for homemade versions for quite some time now.  I finally found one that she liked.

They are the Joy of Baking S’More Granola Bars.  Now that I found one that she likes, I’m going to work on adapting it to include more fiber and protein without, I hope, affecting the overall texture and taste.  In the meantime, you may want to try this one out if you have kids who like granola bars, and you are tired of spending a small fortune on them.

S’More Granola Bars ingredients.

Joy of Baking gives you some options on the ingredients.  Here is what I used.  For the syrup, I used pure maple syrup.  There’s nothing better than pure maple syrup.  I omitted the coconut because my baby, the runner, detests coconut.  She can smell it a mile away.  Actually, I think I am the only one in my family that likes coconut.  Sigh.

Preheat oven to 350°F.  I forgot to take a picture of the butter, brown sugar, and maple syrup melted in the saucepan.  But here I show the wet ingredients mixed with the dry ingredients (flour, rolled oats, graham cracker crumbs, salt, and cinnamon).

Here is 1/2 of this mixture pressed into the bottom of a 9 x9 pan.

Please note that I have lined the pan with parchment paper (waxed paper works, too).  I talked about my technique of doing this with bar and pan cookies here.  It makes it so much easier to remove the entire recipe from the pans and cut them into nice, equal sized pieces.  I’m anal like that.  You still want to grease the pan itself as well as the parchment paper liner.

After you allow the bottom layer to cool, you add the marshmallows, chocolate chips and the rest of the granola mixture.  Bake for 15 minutes.  The marshmallows will be lightly browned.  Allow to cool for 20 minutes, remove from pan, and cut into squares.  A square pan makes 16 2″ squares.

The next time I will double this recipe and use a 9 x 13 pan and cut them into nice rectangular pieces.  Just like the store bought kind.

S’More Granola Bars.


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