Apple Crisp Granola Bars

Apple Crisp Granola Bars

I’m behind the times a lot. When I was young I was the last person to learn swear words. Jokes went over my head and the politics of being popular in school just didn’t click with me.

I’d like to think I’ve caught up since then. I try to stay up on fashion and entertainment. I follow news events and consider myself well read. But things always slip past me.

Apple Crisp Granola Bars

Like Harry Potter.

I remember buying the first book at a grade school book fair, but I couldn’t really get into it. I was probably a little too young. I’d like to go back to the books one day, but for now, I’ve started the movies.

Typically I watch a movie every Friday and Saturday night. Most of the time I find something in the new releases OnDemand, but this week, there were few choices. After scrolling through Amazon and trying to think of something, Mom suggested Harry Potter.

Neither of us were sure we’d like it, but it seemed as good an option as any.

Apple Crisp Granola Bars

I’m in love and obsessed and I’ve only seen the first movie. It’s smart and funny and cute. It has the right balance of seriousness without being terribly dark. I like the characters and find it reasonably easy to follow. Where have I been all these years?

At least I found it now, I guess. I’ll be finding more time to watch Harry Potter and you need to find some time to make these Apple Crisp Granola Bars. Luckily in the busy holiday season, you won’t have to find much time since these gluten free go to snack or breakfast treats are no bake.

They have all my favorite flavors from apple crisp – apples, oatmeal, cinnamon, nuts – plus a heaping helping of peanut butter. If there’s anything that could make apple crisp better, it’s peanut butter. You will love these chewy, crunchy, hearty, healthy bars. Don’t be late to this recipe 🙂

Apple Crisp Granola Bars

Apple Crisp Granola Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 17 minutes

Yield: 12 bars

Ingredients

2 ½ cups quick cooking oats (gluten free, if necessary)

1 ½ cups puffed rice cereal (gluten free, if necessary)

3 teaspoons ground cinnamon

¾ cup creamy peanut butter

½ cup honey

2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste or pure vanilla extract

½ cup walnuts

½ dried apples, chopped

Instructions

Line an 8 inch square pan with parchment paper.

In a large microwave safe bowl, combine peanut butter and honey. Microwave for 1 minute. Stir and microwave for an additional minute. The mixture should be bubbling. If it is not, microwave for an additional 30 seconds.

Stir in the vanilla, followed by the oats, cereal, and cinnamon. Once well combined, stir in the walnuts and apples.

Pour into the prepared pan and press firmly into an even layer. Refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours and up to overnight. Using a sharp, preferably serrated knife, cut into bars. Bars may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature about an hour.

Notes

Additional chilling time is necessary

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Comments

  1. Your granola bars look terrific. And welcome to the world of Harry Potter! I was lucky that my girls grew up as the books were being published. We loved every new book that was published, and we loved them again when the movies came out!

  2. I’ve seen the first two Harry Potter movies, but that’s been it. My sister has all the books and movies, and is borderline obsessed with it. I would be obsessed with these bars–I love everything about them!

  3. I would love one of these bars with my coffee right now, and your Gingerbread-Coconut bundt cake I pinned for later! They both look incredibly delicious! I’ve seen all of the Harry Potter movies, the Goblet of Fire is my favorite! Each movie as the characters get older, gets a little more serious and dark, not too dark, but they are all wonderfully fanciful movies! The Holiday and winter scenes are my favorite! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    • Thank you so much, Christine! I can’t wait to watch more of the Harry Potter movies. Merry Christmas to you as well 🙂

  4. Debbie Eccard says:

    I haven’t seen them all but I really liked the series and I am sure I would love this granola bar! Thank you!

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