Chocolate Granola Bars

I am not an outdoorsy person.
When I was younger I tried to convince myself that I was.
So many of my friends would plan camping trips, or river excursions, or hikes.
I would pretend to be excited.  Because I am what the world likes to refer to as a joiner.  Camping out?  I’m in!
Hiking through the woods?  I’ll be there!
Floating down a river in a tube?  Umm, ok!

I’m still unsure of why I had so many outdoorsy friends.
My early 20’s were obviously a time of soul searching.
What I learned from those days of experimentation is that I am not a happy person in the woods.  I do not enjoy the sounds that critters make before they jump out and try to scare the bejeezus out of me.
I don‘t enjoy the dark wilderness.  I’ve seen The Blair Witch Project.  Things don’t end well.
Leaving a weekend with mosquito bit legs fills me with resentment.
Mostly, though, the sleeping situation is unforgivable.
Why would I want to endure a night’s slumber in a sleeping bag on the ground with the only protection I have from Grizzly Gus being a flimsy tent purchased from Wal-Mart.

And honestly, how much work is camping?  I mean, seriously?
It SEEMS like a weekend trying to simplify would be, well, simpler.

The food shopping, the packing, the UNpacking, the set-up, the clean-up, the prevention measures so wildlife doesn’t steal food, the non-bathing…
I don’t get it.
Plus, I will tell you that I am not a cute camper.  I need electricity to make the cuteness happen; a humidity free zone where I can use a blow dryer and a flat iron.


No, effortless beauty is not something I possess.
Just pulling on a pair of shorts and twisting my hair back in a messy ponytail looks really great on some people.
I am not part of that club.
Plus, peace makes people attractive and since the outdoors give me a sense of unrest I pretty much always look disheveled and grumpy, from the inside out.

The closest I like to get to camping is sitting by a man made fire pit in a neighbors backyard with a kitchen and bathroom a stone’s throw away.

SO while today is a recipe for granola, know that it’s really the indoor version of granola…not really meant to take camping or on a hike.
It’s for sitting on your couch and watching Survivor and wondering why in the world would people put themselves through that nonsense?
The recipe is actually VERY easy and will allow for more time doing other non-outdoor related things, like a puzzle or knitting or laundry.  The world is your oyster, really.

First mix your dry ingredients in a bowl.  Stir them together so they can get familiar with each other.

Then melt you butter and honey together…sweet deliciousness.

Boil them for 5 minutes and then add some peanut butter.

Stir it all together and pour over your dry stuff.

Give it a stir.  The chocolate will melt.

Then press into your pan.  I used some wax paper so it didn’t stick.

Then chill it for about an hour.  Cut into squares or bars or eat it with a fork.  Whatever makes you happy.

I dressed them up a bit to look fancy…but you don’t have to because nekkid granola bars are easier to eat.

I do have to say that these are a yummy after school or lunchbox treat for your kiddos!


Recipe: Chocolate Granola Bars


  • 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups Rice Krispies
  • 1 1/2 cups Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut + 2 Tbsp for garnish
  • 1/3 cup shelled sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter


  1. Spray 9×13 pan lightly with cooking spray
  2. In a large bowl combine chocolate chips, krispies. oats, coconut and sunflower seeds.
  3. In a small saucepan combine the butter and honey. Bring to a boil and boil on medium heat for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and add peanut butter.
  5. Stir until combined and pour over your oat mixture. The chocolate chips will melt.
  6. Once combined press evenly into prepared pan using wax paper.
  7. Sprinkle with 2 Tbsp remaining coconut.
  8. Refrigerate for 1 hour and then cut into bars.
  9. Store in a covered container in the fridge for up tp a week.

Quick notes

adapted from

Very Best Baking


Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 5 minute(s)

60 Responses

  1. Erin B.

    They sound and look great, but you forgot to put the amount of butter in your recipe. I love your stories that you put before your recipes. It makes it even more fun to read a new recipe.

  2. These look awesome and easy. I am definitely adding this to my after school snack to-do list! And I agree about the outdoors thing- we moved to a townhouse that backs to the woods (and fronts to the woods, too, actually) last year and my husband hates that I am constantly complaining about the spiders- or, eight legged puppies, as I call them.

  3. I have to agree on the camping fiasco. Not for me. Pointless. Why do we spend all this money on progressing if we are just going to go back and act all old timey?

    Also, I cannot pull of the 5 minute messy hair/no make-up look either. Just not naturally pretty enough. Last week, someone was complimenting on how cute my messy ponytails always look. What I didn’t tell her was that it takes 30 minutes of blowdrying, straightening, teasing and hairspraying to get it to look so naturally messy.

  4. So with you on the camping. Been there, done that, over with it. Having said that however, I would trek through bear and bug infested woods in the dark to get a hold of some of these granola bars.

  5. Oh, girl, I am with you on the nature thing. As a homeschooler, I’m often made to feel all guilty for not signing my kids up for the nature hikes and whatnot, but dude. WHY? God made books for a reason and that reason is so that you can read about nature in an air-conditioned comfy spot in your home, not traipse through the woods getting eaten by bugs and tripping over sticks.

  6. I still pretend I like to camp. The truth is, those little critters scare the beejeezus outta me too. They scare me so bad I’d rather pee next to the tent, pee all over my leg, then step in my puddle of pee in the am, rather then walk to the outhouse/bathroom in the middle of the night. Clearly I need to re-examine my ‘love’ for camping. Loving the granola bar recipe though!

  7. Rebecca Ednie

    I absolutely would love to make this for my kids lunches. Unfortunately, their school bans all nut products. Any ideas for changing it to omit the PB?

  8. megan

    oh my…SO funny!! Especially to those of us who are on your team…I’d love to love camping…I have 4 kids, they would LOVE to go camping, but, if being at home with bathroom facilities, air conditioning and a refrigerator, without animals, is this much work…well, pa-lease!!! Why would I take them camping without those conveniences!!!

    These look great and like the “granola” title is just a little trick…these are PMS food at it’s finest 🙂

  9. You are too funny. I can’t wait to try these. And don’t sell them short. These delicious granolas would be enjoyed by any fire-side. Even if there isn’t a bathroom close by. Thanks for the awesome recipe!!

  10. Amanda

    I just wanted to let you know how much I love your redesign and that everything you post is truly “fun food’! Thanks for all your hardwork!

  11. I’m making these this weekend! This is going to be great in my little guy’s lunch next week. Thanks for sharing — and thanks for all sorts of great ideas!

  12. uhm . . . no on the camping, hiking, fishing, hunting wild anything . . . unless it’s wildflowers we’re talkin’ about; i do not like anything that scampers or scurries about. i have NOT seen The Blair Witch Project but i DO know how it turns out . . . not good . . . and while we’re on the subject – WHY do we pay someone to scare the buhjeezus outta us??? that one has never made sense to me – Freddy Kruger? no thank you. haunted houses? hell no thank you. pee in the pitch darkness in the woods w/my bare butt hanging out for the bears to see?? hell to the no thank you . . . these granola bars, on the other hand, why yes, i’d love some thank you.

  13. Emily

    I love simple granola bars and these sure do fit the bill! I love that you use everyday ingredients that I already have in my pantry. I made these the minutes that I saw them- delicious!

  14. I agree with you about not being outdoorsy. I never even tried to be (well, that one time tubing….never again) but these bars look perfect! Need some rice krispies and I am set to make these!

  15. I went camping once in Arizona and almost FROZE.TO.DEATH. Do you know how cold it gets there at night? SO.COLD.

    I’ll just eat my granola bars curled up in bed while thinking about that camping trip. Thankyouverymuch.

  16. Agreed! I also dislike the outdoors for extended periods of time. Only, I live in Alaska right now and everyone here lives, breathes, and relishes in the outdoors. My blog is full of stories about how I just don’t fit in…I definitely prefer my granola bars in front of the T.V.

  17. Helena

    Can’t wait to try the recipe. Totally agree with you on the camping thing. Did it with my kids in Boy Scouts. The great outdoors would be greater if it was screened in. I realized then I wasn’t going anywhere else I couldn’t plug in a blow dryer and must have running hot water and flushing toilets.

  18. I just found your blog through a link on Baking Bites, and I absolutely LOVE it. I love how you write, your pictures are GORGEOUS and this recipe looks amazing!

    I’m gonna have to and read through all of your old post now!


  19. these look great!
    i was never one for camping either. no bathrooms? and even at campsites the bathrooms are how far away?! lol
    i bookmarked and will be trying these soon. thank you!

  20. Jeri

    Yeah, I’m SOOOOOOOOOOO making these ASAP, they sound delicious! I guess I’ll just have to eat them between camping trips (because I, personally, love them!)

  21. These are so perfect for back to school and an evening pick-me-up. Luv your presentation of these granola bars.

    You have a lovely blog – looking forward to following your creations. 🙂

  22. colleen

    I am not a fan ofthe wilderness either. My therory is If God wanted us to live outdoors he wouldn’t have made us smart enough to build houses and use electricity.

  23. Suzanne

    Just made these to take skiing, can’t wait to try them. I use unsweetened coconut and coconut oil instead of butter. Also put in Hemp seed instead of sunflower seeds, but I used sunflower seed butter. Hope they turn out ok.

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