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Homemade Cookies and Cream Granola Bars

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Homemade cookies and cream granola bars are quick and easy to make and you can control what goes in them. They are perfect for lunchbox treats, after school snacks or keep one or two in your purse for when hunger strikes.

Cutting a sheet of homemade cookies and cream granola into skinny bars that are ready to eat.

Making a big batch of homemade granola bars is actually pretty simple to do. These bars have bits of cookies and chocolate chops mixed in, but you can easily do fruit and nuts instead.

If you are like us, we are at the point in the school year where it’s time to switch up our snack routine. It gets boring having the same thing over and over, so it is nice to have something new.

Little Dude has been enjoying taking a macaroni and cheese muffin or pepperoni pizza quesadilla as his lunch entrée. Then he has a juice box and a treat.

Pressing down on homemade granola bars with bowl on top of plastic wrap.

He was paging through one of his cook books and saw a recipe for homemade granola bars and he thought they would make an interesting addition to the snack drawer. However the recipe he found included nuts, coconut and craisins.

He doesn’t like any of that stuff, so we knew we could follow that recipe exactly. So we adapted it into something we knew he would love.

Some crushed Oreos make anything better. A combination of chocolate and white baking chips was a fun way to compliment that flavor profile.

We had fun making the bars together and it was fun picking the mix ins. You can adjust them to whatever season or taste preferences your family has.

Making the granola bars

You want to start by toasting your oatmeal a bit. Just put it on a rimmed baking sheet and bake it for a few minutes.

That adds a little texture and flavor to the finished bars. You should smell the toasty oats when they are ready.

While your oats are toasting, prep your mix ins. Chop your nuts or cookies measure things out and get them ready.

Cook together a little honey and brown sugar as the glue that holds it all together. You can use maple syrup instead of honey if you prefer.

Stack of homemade granola bars on cutting board.

Once the syrup is hot and sticky, stir in the oatmeal until it is completely coated. Add your goodies and make sure it is distributed.

Now put it in a plastic wrap lined pan and press it down. You will want to really apply some pressure because this is what is going to hold it all together.

We covered the mixture with plastic wrap and used the bottom of a measuring cup to press it evenly. Then refrigerate the bars until they are completely set.

Now just cut them into bars, wrap them or put them in little baggies and store them for later. They are great for after school snacks, late night treats, lunch box goodies and more.

More fun and easy treats

Monster cookie energy balls are another fun and easy treat. They are perfect for after school snacks, after work out snacks or lunch box goodies as well.

Or turn ripe bananas into yummy balls of goodness with chunky monkey energy balls. They are fabulous and filled with honey and peanut butter as well.

Hand holding homemade granola bar with bits of Oreo and chocolate chips inside.

Homemade granola is tasty too. We love using a variety of different granolas with yogurt and fruit. Give chocolate coconut granola a try if you haven’t, or go with our most frequently made maple cinnamon granola.

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Yield: 36 Servings

Homemade Cookies and Cream Granola Bars

Cutting a sheet of homemade cookies and cream granola into skinny bars that are ready to eat.

Homemade cookies and cream granola bars are quick and easy to make and you can control what goes in them. They are perfect for lunchbox treats, after school snacks or keep one or two in your purse for when hunger strikes.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 42 minutes

Ingredients

  • 5 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup crushed Oreos
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Spread oatmeal on a rimmed sheet pan and bake for about 12 minutes, stirring half way through. Set aside to cool.
  3. Line a 9x13" pan with plastic wrap.
  4. In a large saucepan melt butter, brown sugar and honey together. Bring to a boil then remove from heat.
  5. Stir in vanilla and oatmeal.
  6. Fold in cookie bits and chocolate chips.
  7. Spoon into plastic wrap lined pan. Place another sheet of plastic wrap over the top and use the bottom of a bowl or measuring cup to apply pressure across the bars. Don't be afraid to really push down, this is what is going to help keep it all together later.
  8. Chill the bars for at least an hour. Then use the plastic wrap to remove the bars from the pan.
  9. Cut into bars and store in an airtight container or wrap them individually. They will store at room temperature for at least a week or longer in the refrigerator.

Notes

We used a mix of white and milk chocolate chips in our granola bars, but use whatever you like.

You can also use nuts or fruit instead of cookies and chocolate chips if you would like. Experiment with different stir ins.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

36

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 131Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 32mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 2gSugar: 12gProtein: 2g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Homemade cookies and cream granola bars are quick and easy to make and you can control what goes in them. They are perfect for lunchbox treats, after school snacks or keep one or two in your purse for when hunger strikes.

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Pat

Sunday 21st of November 2021

Making them for a third time in two weeks. These are so good! Second batch I tried coconut instead of Oreos. Added unsalted sunflower seeds. Still like the original with the Oreos better.

Carlee

Monday 22nd of November 2021

I am so glad you like them! I was tempted to add coconut too, I'll have to do that some time.

Andrea Nine

Wednesday 27th of October 2021

Oh yum and I love how you cut them. Great Fall recipe too.

Carlee

Wednesday 27th of October 2021

LD has been loving taking them to school for snacks.

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