granola balls

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By Diana Carver
from ithaca, NY

My family loves granola bars. I found that making them myself is more cost effecting and tastes way better! It's such a hit that my kids ask for it over any other cookie. Hope you enjoy them!

serves 35
prep time 5 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For granola balls

  • 1 bag
  • 1/2 to 1 c
    peanut butter (optional)
  • 1 c
    oatmeal, uncooked
  • 2 to 3 c
    puffed rice cereal
  • 1 Tbsp
    butter or margarine
  • 1/4 c
    corn syrup, light (optional)
  • 1/2 c
    honey (optional)
  • 1/4 c
    brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c
    dried fruit (optional)
  • 1/2 c
    nuts (optional)
  • 1/2 c
    chips (butterscotch, chocolate, white chocolate)- optional

How To Make granola balls

  • 1
    In a large pot, on a low flame, melt the butter/margarine and marshmallows, mixing often.
  • 2
    Add in the brown sugar, corn syrup/honey and vanilla. Mix to combine.
  • 3
    add in the oats and mix. Add in peanut butter and mix.
  • 4
    Shut heat off and mix in puffed rice cereal.
  • 5
    Mix in all your other optional ingredients you want. I do a medley of protein granola, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, caramel bits, toffee bits, variety of nuts and dried fruits. *** note*** You can alter this to go any direction you like. For instance, omit the peanut butter, add in a teaspoonful of cinnamon and some raisins and you have a oatmeal raisin balls. Be creative!
  • 6
    Once you are all mixed up, pour it on a sheet pan. It should be warm and you are able to form golf ball size Granola balls or press flat to cut into bars later. Don't worry it won't stick to your hands. But if you want you can use a rolling pin to flatten it out further. You should end up with a average of 40 granola balls. If you don't continuously sample when making them.