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Did you know how simple it is to make homemade granola bars? In my opinion, they are so much yummier than anything you can buy in a store and are perfect for school lunches. The problem is, my kids are young and they rarely finish up one entire granola bar at a time. That’s why I decided to modify our granola bar poppers by making them in an ice cube tray so they are easier to eat.
Granola Bar Poppers
Once the granola bar poppers are completely cooled, they will come right out of the ice cube trays! Isn’t that neat?
I also like to save them as a snack. Full disclosure: I rarely eat a whole granola bar at a time! Sometimes I just need a tiny snack, maybe before or after a workout, or even while I’m on the road.
Granola Bars Made in An Ice Cube Tray
Making small and snack sized granola bars in an ice cube tray prevents us from wasting uneaten food AND over eating snacks. Granola bars are hearty, healthy, and filling. When eating granola, you really don’t need a ton! The ingredients are made to fill you up, energize you, and help you feel great! As an in between snack or lunch pail filler, granola bar poppers are perfect!
You might also like my recipe for Rice Krispy Poppers:
You can store these poppers in an air tight container or plastic baggies in the refrigerator for about a week. We love to grab them when we are on the go or when we are packing up our lunch boxes. They are the perfect snack sized bite and are packed with energy boosting ingredients (which is super important for young minds!).
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You Will Need
- 1/4 cup of butter
- 2 1/2 cups of old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup of sliced almonds
- 1/3 cup of honey
- 1/4 cup of brown sugar (packed)
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 cup of dried and chopped cranberries
- 1/4 cup of chocolate chips
- Toast the oats and the almonds on a foil lined baking tray in your oven for 7 minutes at 350 degrees. Once they are done, put them in a large mixing bowl.
- On the stove over medium heat: melt the butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract, salt, and honey. Once the sugar is completely melted and dissolved, pour the mixture over the toasted oats and almonds.
- Stir together until completely combined (about 2-3 minutes).
- Add in the cranberries and about 1/2 of the chocolate chips.
- Stir the mixture again
- Spray the inside of 2 plastic ice cube trays very lightly with non-stick spray
- Press the granola bar mixture into the ice cube trays
- Sprinkle the rest of the mini chocolate chips on top of the granola bar poppers in the ice cube tray.
- Allow the poppers to completely cool.
Is there no baking involved with these? Every other recipe I’ve read requires putting them into oven.
Yeah, there’s a little baking involved in this recipe:) I’ve listed the exact directions above.
Do you think you could add peanut butter in? Maybe in place of the honey?
I think it’s worth a try! I’ve never done it before, but I imagine that it could work. Let me know!
Do these freeze well?
I’ve never tried that! But, I’m thinking that it’s worth a try!
These look so good! I don’t know why I haven’t made my own granola before now,,it looks so easy! I’m going to try your recipe, and making them into poppers for the kids is genius!