S’More Granola Bars

S’more granola bars! What is the first thing that pops into your mind? Is it family camping trips, summer time? Or maybe the thought of a warm delcious graham cracker with a toasted marshmallow and chocolate bar smothered in between? Is there really anyone that does not enjoy s’mores? I mean come on, you can’t go wrong with marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers! Even though the recipe says that it is a granola bar, I would not call it that-instead I would call them a hybrid granola/cookie bar. Now don’t get me wrong, these are absolutely delicious, just not quite a true granola bar. So do not be too upset if you are expecting a true granola bar. I am still searching for the perfect s’more granola bar that tastes like the Quaker one. I love granola bars-they are the perfect on the go food. I take them on hikes, to the gym, to work, and I sometimes have them for breakfast as I am running out the door. I make this recipe for granola bars at least once a week! They are so delicious, my family can’t get enough!

S’More Granola Bars

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs (or crushed digestive biscuits)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup or golden syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9-by-9-inch square baking pan. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up two sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends.

In a medium bowl, combine oats and coconut. Spread onto a sheet pan and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl and stir in flour, graham cracker crumbs, salt and ground cinnamon.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring the butter, brown sugar, maple syrup and vanilla extract to a boil. Cook and stir for a minute, then pour over the oatmeal mixture, stir well making sure all the dry ingredients are coated with the butter mixture.

 

Press half of the mixture evenly onto the bottom of the prepared pan using a small piece of parchment paper. Let cool 5-10 minutes.


Once the mixture has cooled, evenly sprinkle with the chocolate chips and marshmallows.

Top with the remaining crust mixture and press gently.

Bake 15 minutes, or until light golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool on a cooling rack for 20 minutes.

Cut into squares and store at room temperature.


Source: adapted from Joy of Baking

33 Responses to “S’More Granola Bars”

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    Stephanie — January 19, 2011 @ 8:05 am

    Yum! How cute! I love how the little marshmallows and chocolate chips look as soon as you tumble them in. Like a little kaleidoscope of sorts. :-p And these look absolutely divine! Wholly granola bar or no, I’m sure a serving of these would give me my energy for the day!

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    Shelbi — January 19, 2011 @ 8:56 am

    Oh I am making these today! They look delicious! Thank you for posting. Do you know how many graham crackers it takes to make a cup of crumbs?

    • Christina replied: — January 19th, 2011 @ 10:26 pm

      I found that about 14 crackers equals 1 cup of crumbs. Let me know how they turn out! :)

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    briarrose — January 19, 2011 @ 9:05 am

    Ehehehe…it’s like naughty granola. ;) Looks very tasty.

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    Happy When Not Hungry — January 19, 2011 @ 9:25 am

    Wow! These look amazing! Smores are delicious and you definitely can’t go wrong. Thanks for sharing!

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    Mary — January 19, 2011 @ 12:17 pm

    This sound wonderful. It’s hard to make a granola bar look good but you surely did. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

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    beth — January 19, 2011 @ 4:02 pm

    i think to get a granola bar that tastes like the Quaker ones you will have to use tiny little stale marshmallows and itty bitty little chocolate chips! ;) the photos and the food look great!

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    The Food Hound — January 19, 2011 @ 5:55 pm

    Mmm mmm!! Love me some s’mores!! And who wants to make s’mores my yourself? This is the perfect solution, and you don’t have to worry about an incinerated marshmallow!

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    Sara — January 19, 2011 @ 6:34 pm

    What a great recipe! I love s’mores and I love granola bars, so this is a perfect treat to make. Thanks for sharing.

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    oneordinaryday — January 19, 2011 @ 6:42 pm

    These look great. Definitely beats the boxed kind.

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    Brilynn — January 19, 2011 @ 7:24 pm

    Those look gooey and delicious!

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    Cakewhiz — January 19, 2011 @ 7:49 pm

    I would love to have these around the house for snacks or even a rushed breakfast plus it has chocolate ;) I can’t stop myself from eating things with chocolate…hehe

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    simplynutritiouskate — January 19, 2011 @ 10:43 pm

    ooh those look soooo good :)

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    Julie — January 21, 2011 @ 2:42 am

    This looks very “Martha Stewart”. I love how you have tied them up in little bundles. They are perfect to take on a day hike and on a first date. :)

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    jennynoowyn — January 21, 2011 @ 4:58 am

    yummm! they look great! Would love to snack on one of these come 3pm :)

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    Robin — January 21, 2011 @ 11:03 am

    These look SO yummy!! In reading your instructions though I don’t see where you add the butter, brown sugar, syrup or vanilla. I assume this is mixed in when the flour, crackers and cinnamon are added but could you please clarify this. I am SO excited to try these for a quick healty snack at sporting events this weekend.

    • Christina replied: — January 21st, 2011 @ 11:46 am

      Oh wow! Where was my brain? It was listed in the printer friendly version, but I forgot to add it to the step-by-step post! I fixed it now to show what to do with those ingredients! Thanks for pointing that out! ;)

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    jenna laughs — January 21, 2011 @ 1:12 pm

    YUM!!! Congrats on sharing the Top 9 with me today!! :)

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    thebasicsbypaulbyrondowns — January 21, 2011 @ 7:05 pm

    They look and sound delicious and perfect for when hiking.

    Paul

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    KeepItSweet — January 22, 2011 @ 8:03 am

    What a fun snack or dessert!

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    AvaDJ — January 24, 2011 @ 9:32 am

    I found your blog through Foodbuzz and these were exactly what I was looking for. I made them Sunday night for the kids lunches and they were just WOW! These will definitely become a regular staple now. Love that they are nut free, school safe snacks and of course the abundance of chocolate chips and marshmallows surely doesn’t hurt either. Thanks for posting this and saving our lunches from the doldrums.
    Love your blog as well, saved on my faves.

    • Christina replied: — January 24th, 2011 @ 9:38 pm

      Yeah! I am so happy that you and your kids enjoyed these granola bars! Thank you so much for letting me know…I love hearing from those who have tried my recipes! :)

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    rlaase2 — April 10, 2011 @ 2:08 pm

    I made these spur of the moment last night… delicious! Now I just need to get rid of them quick before I eat the whole batch :P
    Next I’m going to try to make a gluten free version so my brother and dad can eat them :)

    • Christina replied: — April 12th, 2011 @ 11:11 pm

      I am so glad that you enjoyed them! Let me know if you make a successful gluten free version! :)

      • Ruthie replied: — April 29th, 2011 @ 11:28 pm

        So, I tried these gluten free the other day (I made the graham crackers from a mix, skipped the flour, and used gluten free oats). They were delicious! I also just made another regular double batch tonight. Last time I brought them to work, and they were gone within a few minutes and everyone LOVED them! :)
        I’m officially addicted.

        • Christina replied: — April 30th, 2011 @ 6:41 pm

          Awesome!! I love it! I will definitely have to try the gluten free version next time I make these! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

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    cat — May 14, 2012 @ 9:18 pm

    Yum! Made them with Nutella instead of chocolate chips! Delish!

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    Jen — December 7, 2013 @ 4:22 pm

    These are in my oven as I type! The granola mixture is sooo yummy(kept eating it off of the spoon); I can’t wait to try it all together! I used plain old pancake syrup in place of maple syrup too and so far so good. =)

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