Grab-and-Go Crispy Granola Bars

Grab-and-Go Crispy Granola Bars
Staff Writer

Jerry Errico

Grab-and-Go Crispy Granola Bars

Kids love this healthy cross between a granola bar and a Rice Krispies treat. These bars are far healthier than kids’ breakfast cereals, delivering a good boost of whole grains and fiber, as well as calcium from the powdered milk. I keep some in little plastic bags frozen individually to keep them from going stale, and toss them in lunchboxes or for a snack on the run.

18
Servings
172
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

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Ingredients

  • 2/3 Cups rolled oats, ground in a food processor
  • 1/2 Cup blanched, slivered almonds, ground in a food processor*
  • 1/4 Cup wheat germ
  • 1 Cup crispy rice cereal
  • 1 Cup nonfat dry milk
  • 1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 Cup canola oil
  • 1/2 Cup honey
  • 1 Teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 Cup chocolate chip and/or dried fruit (optional)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Line a 9-inch square or 9-by-13 inch baking pan completely with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, combine the oats, almonds, wheat germ, cereal, dry milk, cinnamon, and salt. Mix in the canola oil, honey, vanilla extract, and chocolate chips and/or dried fruit. Mix well, then pour into the prepared baking pan. Press down with palm of hand, evenly distributing the mixture into the corners of the dish, and bake for 15-18 minutes. Check occasionally to prevent burning.


Remove from the oven and using the foil to help you, lift the giant bar out of pan. Place on a flat surface and while still warm, cut into small bars.

Store in an airtight container for up to a week, or freeze in plastic bags.
 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
11g
16%
Sugar
8g
9%
Saturated Fat
3g
13%
Cholesterol
8mg
3%
Carbohydrate, by difference
13g
10%
Protein
6g
13%
Vitamin A, RAE
9µg
1%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
2mg
3%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
2µg
2%
Calcium, Ca
61mg
6%
Choline, total
9mg
2%
Fiber, total dietary
2g
8%
Folate, total
32µg
8%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
31mg
10%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
104mg
15%
Selenium, Se
4µg
7%
Sodium, Na
50mg
3%
Water
17g
1%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

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Granola Cooking Tip

In addition to keeping foods like granola, yogurt, and fruit on hand, plan ahead for hectic weekdays by whipping up extra batches of waffles or pancakes and individually freezing them for easy morning meals.