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hearty granola bars

★★★★★ 6
a recipe by
cheryl lundquist
wake forest, NC

My son is allergic to many different varieties of nuts so buying granola bars and various snacks is hard. I came up with Hearty Granola Bars so I knew the ingredients in them were safe for him. Both my children love these and won't let me buy store bought granola bars now!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Yum, yum, yum! We love the flavor and versatility of these hearty bars. A terrific choice for nut lovers and avoiders alike. This recipe does include peanut butter, so please use caution if you have a peanut sensitivity.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 6
serves 8
prep time 10 Min
cook time 5 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For hearty granola bars

  • 1/2 c
    dried cranberries
  • 1/4 c
  • 1 c
    roasted pumpkin seeds
  • 1 1/2 c
    crispy rice cereal
  • 2/3 c
    light corn syrup
  • 2 1/2 c
    quick cooking oats
  • 3/4 c
    packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 c
    crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp

How To Make hearty granola bars

  • 1
    Mix cereal, oats, cranberries, raisins and pumpkin seeds in a large bowl.
  • 2
    Grease a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.
  • 3
    Combine brown sugar and corn syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  • 4
    Heat just until boiling then remove from the heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla.
  • 5
    Pour mixture over cereal mix and stir until well combined.
  • 6
    Press into the pan using the back of a spoon.
  • 7
    Allow to cool and cut with a heart shaped cookie cutter.