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Summer time is here and for me that means go, go, go! Summers are busier than the school year for my family. We spend a lot of time swimming, playing with friends, vacationing, and going on field trips in the summer. Most of which takes us away from the house.
I don’t know about you but when we are moving quickly in the morning trying to get out of the house I am normally going twenty directions at once and often get in the car to leave and realize I never ate breakfast. This happens more than I care to admit. LOL
Obviously I am in need of something easy to grab on the go. Granola bars are the perfect grab and go meal and I have found that taking the extra time to make them myself is totally worth it. I was at Sam’s Club last week on my weekly shopping adventure when I came across these bags of XXL M&M’s®. Have you ever seen such big bags? Oh my! YUM! I have a bit of a sweet tooth so my favorite way to make my granola bars is with M&M’s® so I had to get these! I couldn’t decide whether to get the M&M’s® Origional or the M&M’s® Peanut sooooo I got both! (I hear you can get bags of XXL M&M’s® Crispy too but my Sam’s Club was out.)
Now to put these M&M’s® to good use!
Homemade Granola Bars
- 2 1/2 cups crispy rice cereal
- 2 cups Quick Cooking Oats
- 1/2 cup Honey
- 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
- 1/2 cup Peanut Butter (smooth or crunchy)
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 cup M&M’s® (original, peanut, or crispy)
- Optional: 1/2 cup raisins
First mix cereal, oats and optional raisins in a large bowl.
In a small saucepan, heat honey and brown sugar to a boil, stirring constantly.
Turn heat off and add peanut butter and vanilla and stir until blended.
Pour over cereal mixture and mix well. Add M&M’s® and mix thoroughly.
Press into a 9X13 greased baking dish. Cool and cut into 18 granola bars.
Individually wrap each granola bar with saran wrap or press in seal. Place in a gallon size bag or plastic container and keep in refrigerator to keep fresh longer. To be honest they never last long enough to get stale at my house:)
Now you have the perfect grab and go snack! Tastier than any store bought granola bar I promise! I also have lots of M&M’s® left over for lots more batches of granola bars, ice cream sundae toppings, M&M® cookies, trail mix, or just to eat by the handful on those days you just need a little chocolate!!!
What would you do with your XXL bag of M&M’s®?
Samantha K saysJuly 7, 2015 at 8:57 am
We buy granola bars weekly and I can’t believe I never thought to make our own! Genius! I can’t wait to try your recipe! #client