Patriotic Granola Bars

Homemade granola bars are easy to make and are a great treat to have on hand. You can vary the add-ins like raisins, chocolate chips, or nuts, but the basic recipe is still the same. I was inspired by the special edition Red, White, and Blue M&M’s to make these Patriotic Granola Bars for a fun treat for Memorial Day or the Fourth of July. These will be perfect for taking with us to the fireworks display and the kids can eat these while we wait for the fireworks to start.

These Patriotic Granola Bars are the perfect treat for Memorial Day or the Fourth of July. Kids will love this easy treat and they'll be the hit of the barbecue. This is a perfect treat for kids to help with for your special celebration.

Patriotic Granola Bars

Ingredients

2 cups old fashioned oats
4 Tablespoons vegetable or coconut oil
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1/3 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups Rice Krispies cereal
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup M&Ms (4th of July special edition)

Directions

Preheat oven to 325° and line a cake pan with parchment paper.

In a saucepan over medium heat, melt oil, brown sugar, and honey together.These Patriotic Granola Bars are the perfect treat for Memorial Day or the Fourth of July. Kids will love this easy treat and they'll be the hit of the barbecue. This is a perfect treat for kids to help with for your special celebration.

Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Bring it to a gentle simmer and remove from heat. Add vanilla extract and set aside.

These Patriotic Granola Bars are the perfect treat for Memorial Day or the Fourth of July. Kids will love this easy treat and they'll be the hit of the barbecue. This is a perfect treat for kids to help with for your special celebration.

In a large bowl, combine the oats, cereal and salt.These Patriotic Granola Bars are the perfect treat for Memorial Day or the Fourth of July. Kids will love this easy treat and they'll be the hit of the barbecue. This is a perfect treat for kids to help with for your special celebration.

Pour the honey mixture over the oat mixture, and stir to coat.

These Patriotic Granola Bars are the perfect treat for Memorial Day or the Fourth of July. Kids will love this easy treat and they'll be the hit of the barbecue. This is a perfect treat for kids to help with for your special celebration.

Stir in the M&Ms.These Patriotic Granola Bars are the perfect treat for Memorial Day or the Fourth of July. Kids will love this easy treat and they'll be the hit of the barbecue. This is a perfect treat for kids to help with for your special celebration.

Pour out into prepared pan and press down.

These Patriotic Granola Bars are the perfect treat for Memorial Day or the Fourth of July. Kids will love this easy treat and they'll be the hit of the barbecue. This is a perfect treat for kids to help with for your special celebration.

Bake at 325° for 20 minutes.

Cool, then chill for an hour in the fridge for easier cutting. Wrap up with plastic wrap or parchment paper and store at room temperature.

These Patriotic Granola Bars are the perfect treat for Memorial Day or the Fourth of July. Kids will love this easy treat and they'll be the hit of the barbecue. This is a perfect treat for kids to help with for your special celebration.

These Patriotic Granola Bars are the perfect treat for Memorial Day or the Fourth of July. Kids will love this easy treat and they'll be the hit of the barbecue. This is a perfect treat for kids to help with for your special celebration.


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