SRC: Cinnamon Chip Granola Bars

Cinnamon Chip Granola Bars

It’s hard to believe, but another month has gone by and it’s already time for Secret Recipe Club again!

Cinnamon Chip Granola Bars

Members of the Secret Recipe Club are assigned a blog each month. Who has who is a secret until reveal day (today!). The mission is to choose a recipe from the assigned blog, make it, and share it!

Secret Recipe Club

This month I was assigned Mary Kay’s blog, Homemade Cravings. Mary Kay is rural New Jersey mom who loves to cook for her family. She’s got a ton of great “Quick and Easy” dishes, like her Walnut Pesto and Gorgonzola Spaghetti or her Greek Couscous with Grilled Chicken.

I’ve been eating a lot of granola bars lately, so when I saw Mary Kay’s recipe for a homemade version, I had to try it. I like knowing they aren’t full of processed ingredients! The original version of these had chocolate chips, but I decided to mix it up with some cinnamon chips instead.

Cinnamon Chip Granola Bars

(adapted from Homemade Cravings)

  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup cinnamon chips
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8-inch square baking dish with nonstick spray.

Combine first 6 ingredients in large mixing bowl.

Cinnamon Chip Granola Bars

Combine the peanut butter and honey in a small bowl and microwave 30 seconds, until melty. Stir in the egg. Pour the peanut butter mixture into the oatmeal mixture and use a spoon or your hands to thoroughly combine. Press evenly into prepared pan.

Bake 25-30 minutes until edges are browning. Cool 5 minutes, then slice into bars. Leave sliced bars in the pan until completely cool.

Cinnamon Chip Granola Bars

My bars came out a little dry and crumbly, and I’m not sure if I baked them too long, or if there wasn’t enough of the wet ingredients. Next time I would try adding extra honey and peanut butter, or cut the flour down a little. Nevertheless, the flavor was awesome. The cinnamon went great with the nuts and oats, and reminded me of a cobbler topping!

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  1. says

    I think bars can be pretty tricky to get just right – I made granola bars only once, and like you, I had some problem to judge when they were done. But, as you said, taste is what really matters!

    • jessfuel says

      They’re made by Hershey’s! They’re usually out in a display around the holidays, but some supermarkets have them all year round!

  2. says

    I have almost all of these ingredients in my pantry at this very moment! I’ve been trying to find a good granola bar recipe because the ones I see in the store are expensive and too sweet. I’ve also found that the recipes I try tend to be too dry and crumbly. Maybe there is a happy medium between too sweet and dry?

  3. says

    We love granola bars in our family…we go through them quickly! I’ve tried a couple of versions and while they were tasty , they didn’t hold together very well. I think the peanut butter in your version would solve the problem. Cinnamon chips sound wonderful….we don’t get those in Canada. Look forward to trying these out soon!

  4. says

    yup, these little treasures look and sound fabulous! I seriously have TWO whole bags of cinnamon chips in my baking stash as they are one of all time favs to use in my baking adventures. Great SRC pick!!!

  5. says

    always looking for great recipes to make breakfast/snacks in advance. This is a winner!!!
    Gotta make a big batch ASAP

    email me your address. musselman’s original winner never emailed me. gonna send you some apple butter

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