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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  • Helene wrote:

    Why do I always look at your recipes when I’m super hungry? Looks so good.

  • Barbara Bakes wrote:

    I love the step by step pictures! Looks gooey and good!

  • Girl Japan wrote:

    Looks like I need to make a trip to costco and a BIG bag of oats… hehe

    RG you are so brilliant… these are fabulous combination. Nice Crisp Snacks…. ..

  • Half Baked wrote:

    I love s’mores and this looks like a great snack idea. Will have to give them atry!

  • apparentlyjessy wrote:

    These look delicious! And being an Australian its a smores recipe I can get all the ingredients for (we don’t have gram crackers here)
    Thanks for posting it!

  • Eliana wrote:

    These look awesome. I don’t have kids but do have a boyfriend (who is like a big kid) and plan on surprising him with these bars. I’m sure they would also be great for that afternoon sugar craving me and my coworkers get while in the office around 3pm.

  • CookiePie wrote:

    Those look great – and what a fabulous idea!

  • Sara wrote:

    Wow! These look so good, I think my mouth is watering. 🙂 I can’t wait to try this recipe out.

  • Patsyk wrote:

    What a great idea! I may have to try this one out on my two little guys. I’m sure they’d love it.

  • Shari@Whisk: a food blog wrote:

    I bet the kids loved these! Not too many kids can pass up marshmallow and choc. chips!

  • Snooky doodle wrote:

    these bars are fantastic :)thanks for sharing. ha these are a hit 🙂

  • jillian wrote:

    I love s’mores and these look awesome!

  • Karen wrote:

    These look and sound good. They’d be good for a child’s birthday party treat, too1

  • HoneyB wrote:

    oh, these look divine! 🙂 Yummy.

  • Heather wrote:

    mmmmm. those sound so good 🙂 the marshmallows look soo good and toasty!

  • kellypea wrote:

    Yummers! We’re on the same wave length sort of. Since back-to-school was last week and I’m on this “use what’s on hand” kick, I told my son I’m making his week’s supply of sweets for his lunch and after school. He gets to choose the recipe. One week down and how many to go? ARG!

  • Bridgett wrote:

    These look fabulous. I am wondering how they would do in the freezer??? It would be great if you could freeze some for later but I wonder how the marshmallow would hold up? Thanks for posting the recipe!

  • Leslie wrote:

    I too am soooo quilty in buyin the pre packaged snack foods.
    These look wonderful!

  • Kristen wrote:

    I love it! I also have a hard time coming up with snack foods for the kids. I love the healthiness of them. I’m glad to hear that agave syrup worked well!

    Beautiful!

  • Sophie wrote:

    These look great – love the gooey marshmallow. I’m all for kids eating less sugar but they also need energy and I really like your idea of half rice cripsies, half oats.

    I make a lot of granola bar type recipes but have never tried toasting the oats first. Do they burn easily?