From scratch to batch

So, it’s Saturday, it’s kind of gloomy outside and the kids are playing without fighting. So what does a mom do with free time? Wel

Pb free since I am allergic, made a small batch

l.. I could think of a million things but I love my kids so I made… homemade granola bars! Yes, you heard me right.. homemade.. and it was sooo sooo easy and quick. I have been on a roll with homemade foods these last few weeks and I’ll share some of it in the next few posts before I go back to more photography related post..

On a side note, I am thrilled my mom (the lady who took most of the awesome pics I feature on my blog) will be here to visit in less than 2 weeks. She will stay for 4 weeks. I will make a post about that as well. Anyway, I am sure you are curious about the granola bars. First off, they are delicious! I can’t say the recipe is entirely mine or even most.. I got the recipe from the blog “Back to the cutting board” and I will link it at the end. I played with her recipe a bit so I will post what I did with a link to the original at the end.

Mixed dry ingredients


  • 1 stick or 8 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey ( I went a little over )
  • 3 cups plain granola
  • 2 cup rice cereal
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup trail mix
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter chips


  1. Pressed in the pan to cool after mixing. Topped with chocolate and PB for the rest of the family

    Line 9×13 pan with parchment paper and keep a small square pan ready just in case.

  2. Chop up the walnuts and the trail mix into small pieces. I cut up the raisins and cranberry as well.
  3. In a large bowl combine all the dry ingredients except the chocolate and peanut butter chips.
  4. Combine butter, honey and brown sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the butter is melted.
  5. Bring the mixture to a boil, then lower the heat to medium-low and simmer until the sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat.
  6. Pour the mixture over the mixed dry ingredients and use a spatula to combine them all. Make sure the mixture is completely coated.
  7. Spread the mixture into the prepared pans and press firmly with a spatula to evenly fill. Sprinkle the chocolate and peanut butter chips onto the top of the granola and gently press them down with the spatula.
  8. Let sit at room temperature for 30-45 minutes or until mostly cooled and set; lift out of the pan and cut into bars. Line an airtight container with parchment paper and fold it over the first layer. Store at room temperature.

It is so easy to do and tastes so yummy! Obviously for a healthier version omit the chocolate and peanut butter chips. You can create anything you like with this recipe really. I am not done playing with it at all. There are so many combinations you can come up with. I am working on a Christmas version I will post when we get closer to that special time! At the end I will post a German version for my German friends and family who have different measuring values.

I tried to take some pics hope it looks as yummy as they taste! Let me know if you tried them or if you will try them!

This happened my first try when I put the chocolate in the dry ingredients and poured the hot mixture over. Still yummy, like a chocolate bar 🙂


  • 8 tbsp butter
  • 100 gr brauner Zucker
  • 120 ml Honig
  • 700 gr Granola
  • 450 gr Reis muesli… ( Rice crispies mir faellt kein deutscher vergleich ein. Aber man kann mehr Granola und haferflocken nehmen und evtl sogar Kornflakes)
  • 450 gr Haferflocken
  • 100 gr gemischt Rosinen, Mandeln, Haselnuss
  • 100 gr Walnuss
  • 150 gr Schoko stueckchen (zartbitter)
  • Erdnuss butter chips gibt es in dland nicht aber ihr koennt auch weisse schoki nehmen

So, ich hoff das hilft! My best friend in Germany, Sheila saw me post on facebook and asked if I could share the recipe. I love social media and how wonderfully easy you can share things with all your friends and family and people you don’t know! This is the link to the original poster

Let me know what you think and by all means share! Just remember to give credit where credit is due 🙂



4 thoughts on “From scratch to batch

    1. deannaayres says:

      Tell me how you liked them and how they came out! My 3 monsters already had some lol .. oh as far as granola goes if I get you in time.. depending how sweet you like it all watch for sugar content on the package at the store.. I got organic no sugar added.

    1. deannaayres says:

      I used to buy soo soo many.. which is why I looked in the first place it gets expensive really quick. Kids actually like the homemade ones better. Let me know how they turn out for you 🙂

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