S’Mores Granola Bars

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I find that it’s tough to think of snack ideas for my kid. I always have things like string cheese, yogurt tubes, raisins, and apples on hand… but I’m guilty of buying packaged processed pantry items for convenience too (little packs of cookies, pretzels, granola bars, etc.). I really hate that packaged stuff. I wish I were on-the-ball enough to create homemade snacks- all the time. Usually, I have cookies packaged into little zips tucked away in the freezer for quickie desserts. But the homemade snackie stuff is more difficult to come up with.

Inspired by a children’s ‘playdate’ scheduled in our house the other day, I thought it would be fun to make some homemade granola bars. My son isn’t so into nuts, and I wanted to pick something that would appeal to his visiting friend, so I went with a recipe that was a tad bit more on the kid-friendly spectrum: S’Mores Granola Bars.

The kids were very excited to be my official taste-testers for this recipe. The friend politely announced, however, that he was an extremely picky eater and that he probably would not like these. “Let’s just see about that.” I told him.

Here’s the How-To:

Regular oats are toasted in the oven just as you would toast nuts… on a cookie sheet at a high heat, just until fragrant. The toasted oats are then transferred to a big bowl and mixed with Rice Krispies.

In a saucepan, butter, sugar, water, corn syrup and salt are boiled together for 5 minutes. In the middle of making this, I realized that I had less than 1/4 cup of the 1/2 cup of corn syrup needed for the recipe. Panic ensued! Scouring the pantry for a proper substitute. I spied a bottle of Agave Syrup. I had no idea if it would work, but I did it anyways… used what corn syrup I had and filled the rest of the 1/2 cup with the Agave Syrup (and crossed my fingers).

The boiled syrupy mixture is mixed with the oats/krispies and some marshmallows, and then pressed into a half-sheet pan (not to worry if you don’t have one of these… you can also use 13×9 pans).

More marshmallows and desired chocolate chips are sprinkled on top.

I used another sheet pan (bottom greased) to press on top… it made the mixture flat and even, and all goodies were compacted together nicely.


The pan is popped into the oven for a short three minutes- just enough to toast those marshmallows so they become ‘S’More-like.”

Cutting is easiest while they’re still warm. I got about 25 good-sized granola bars out of the batch, but you could likely get about 35 if you cut them into smaller squares. Each granola bar was packaged individually… I wrapped them with plastic wrap and then stuck them into a sealed container.

We’ve been eating these for a couple of days now and they’re still very good. I’d probably package them in zips next time though as they did harden up a little… but that’s ok since most granola bars are more firm than soft. They were quite delicious fresh out of the oven though!

What did my official taste testers think of these bars? Well, my son raved and raved about them. And Mr. Picky Eater Friend? He was pleasantly surprised that he liked them (he ate his whole bar), and he was very happy that I sent home a bunch for his family to enjoy too.

My verdict is that these were excellent snacks- they were incredibly simple to make, and they reminded me of rice krispie treats. They’re definitely adult-friendly as well- my husband has been munching on them too. I’m sure there are more healthful granola bar recipes out there, and I’ll be looking to try those also, but this one’s a keeper for sure. (Oh, and that agave syrup substitute seemed to work out just fine.)

This recipe can be found here:  S’Mores Granola Bars

Lori Lange of Recipe Girl

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  • Sarena Shasteen wrote:

    Yum, I can’t wait to try these out! My kids will definitely love them!

  • Jenn’s Baking Chamber wrote:

    Those look awesome! the marshmallows and chocolate chips look so perfect on top! I bet you could play around with that granola bar recipe and have some fun with nuts and berries! thanks for the recipe, yummy!

  • Clumbsy Cookie wrote:

    No wonder even the picky eater liked them, they must be amazing!

  • Kathi wrote:

    Recipe Girl – I just sent you an email. Hope you got it. I turned into an anti sugar fanatic after reading the Sugar Blues book. So, my son (2) doesn’t get any. It amazes me how often he gets offered candy and how surprised people look when I tell them he doesn’t eat that stuff. He never cries over it because he just doesn’t know it.

  • MsGourmet wrote:

    what a great idea and if i used pink marshmallows my little Miss Hoover would probably down the whole tray!

  • That Girl wrote:

    I have never made my own granola bars, even though I’ve made my own granola for a couple years now. I’m just not as daring as you. Although it would be nice to have some snacks for the hubs since he eats like a child.

  • Bunny wrote:

    Nobody in my house is crazy about nuts so this would be perfect for us!

  • Joe and Laurie wrote:

    I’m guilty of eating S’Mores Granola Bars (packaged!) as a quick breakfast on my way to work!! I’m going to try making these next week-end! I stumbled upon your blog a few weeks ago and have it bookmarked as a favorite. I made a New Years Resolution to try out a new recipe each week, much to the delight of my husband!
    Thanks for sharing all of your ideas (healthy or unhealthy)! 😉

  • RecipeGirl wrote:

    Kathi- Interesting observation. I wasn’t really pushing this as a healthy treat… just featuring one that was not ‘processed, packaged food.’ fyi- my kid eats plenty of fruits and healthy foods besides this one fun treat. I’d love ideas about healthier snacks though.

  • Gretchen Noelle wrote:

    These look fun. Too bad there are no rice crispies and below par marshmallows here. One day…

  • Kathi wrote:

    They look nice, but I don’t think that’s what children should eat. It’s way too much sugar. They will have dental problems and their insulin will go crazy. So you end up with overweight kids and a fair amount of dental bills. Don’t think it’s worth it, sorry. Just because something is home-made, doesn’t make it healthy.

  • jtr4511 wrote:

    These are excellent. I made 1/2 of the recipe and they turned out nicely. I put each bar info it’s only baggie. The kids loved them. They are disappearing quickly!
    Thanks for another great recipe.

  • The Blonde Duck wrote:

    Those look fabulous! Who doesn’t love smores?

  • Katrina wrote:

    YUM! My boys would love these, too!

  • Aggie wrote:

    I am always looking for snack ideas for my kids, I’ve been wanting to make homemade granola bars…these look awesome!! I will be making them for sure.

  • Elle wrote:

    These look so good, and i know my kids would love them! And adults, too, I’m sue 😉

  • VeggieGirl wrote:

    Ahhh, I wish I had those treats back in the day when I was at Girl Scout camp, haha!! Perfect s’mores treat 🙂

  • Grace wrote:

    loverly idea all around–i love things that can double as snack and dessert. good thinking!

  • Val wrote:

    Mmmm, those look great! I love your blog! I check in a few times a week to see what you’re making.

  • Sharon wrote:

    I get sick of buying granola bars as well but if only I had more time….

    These look so amazing and I happen to have some agave syrup just sitting in my pantry!