Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Granola Bars ($0.11 each)

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I'm still snacking on these a week later, they are so yummy. Another find that saves money! SCORE. I have been packing these into Caleb's lunch and having them myself for lunch. I already went out and bought all the ingredients for the next batch! Not to sweet not too dull, just right in flavor. A little tip, I did put mine in the fridge to set them

*Makes 28 bars

1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup packed brown sugar 
1/4 cup peanut butter (crunchy)
1/4 cup unsalted butter
4 cups Quick Oats (not rolled oats)
2 cups crispy rice cereal
3 teaspoons vanilla

In a large bowl, stir crispy rice cereal, quick oats together.

In a medium saucepan, combine honey, butter, peanut butter, and brown sugar. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat then bring the temperature down to low, and simmer till sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Pour in vanilla and stir.

Pour the hot mixture over dry ingredients. Stir until all ingredients are moistened. Press into a parchment-lined jelly roll pan.
Pack the granola bar mixture as closely and as tightly together as you possibly can into one end of the pan at about 1/2-3/4 inch thickness.Any thinner, and the bars will not hold together. Let cool on the counter till they reach room temperature.

Cut into bars (I did 4 X 7). Wrap in plastic or store in a ziplock bag.

~ Savings ~

*Updated on 1/8/13 from $0.08 ea. to $0.11 ea.

Cost Breakdown:
16 oz. clover honey - $3.78 = 22 T = $0.172/T = $1.376
7 lb brown sugar - $5.05 = 264 T = $0.019/T = $0.114
40 oz. crunchy peanut butter - $5.24 = 70 T = $0.075/T = $0.299
4 lb unsalted butter - $7.99 = 128 T = $0.0625/T = $0.250
42 oz. quick oats - $3.18 = 15 C = $0.212/C = $0.848
36 oz. crispy rice cereal - $4.88 = 37.5 C = $0.130/C = $0.260
8 fl. oz. imitation vanilla - $0.98 = 48 tsp = $0.0204/tsp = $0.061
Total Recipe Cost: $3.21
Per Granola bar: $0.11
The Contender:
Nature Valley Oats and Honey Granola Bars (12 pk.) = $2.68
Per Granola Bar: $0.22
Savings: 50%

"Over a year" scenario:
Make "Food Storage" Granola Bars recipe 15 times = $47.55
Buy equivalent Nature Valley Oats and Honey Granola Bars = $93.80

*Money Saved: $46.25

I found this AWESOME DIY here on penniesandpancakes, thank you

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  1. Anonymous30.4.13

    Yum! Looks good. Do you know if it's possible to use rolled oats by cooking it a different way? I buy the regular oats in bulk.

  2. MMMmmmmm....My mouth is watering (haven't had breakfast yet). I'm going to give these a try, because everyone in my family loves granola bars. We haven't tried making them yet. =0)
    Thanks for the recipe!
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  3. Yummy! These sound really good. My little girl is allergic to peanuts, but I think I can substitute soy nut butter! Thanks!

  4. These look yummy! I noticed you said not to use rolled oats, perhaps that's where I've been going wrong in my granola bar attempts?! Pinning this recipe! I followed you from Sugar Bee Craft's link party. Also, I've just posted my Tasty Tuesdays link party on my blog & I'd love it if you could stop by & link up some of your recipes! Here's the link: http://anyonitanibbles.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/Tasty-Tuesdays-8-features-ad.html

  5. These look great!! I will have to stray from my never fail granola recipe to try these babies!

  6. These look super yummy and never having to buy granola bars again is awesome! I can't wait to try these out! I'd love for you to come share them on my link party today if you'd like. It's "Fidlin' Fridays" @ http://www.fidlersunderoneroof.com/2013/05/link-party-1.html

  7. What a great recipe! I've never attempted granola bars before, but the costs for snacks definitely adds up around here and every penny counts when you're trying to save.

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  20. These look amazing! I am definitely in need of simple snacks for generally going about my day! And for the little one!
    This is another one I think I am going to have to steal and veganise! haha x

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