I eat granola bars for breakfast almost every day. It’s my go to morning meal when I’m in a hurry or when I’m traveling and need an easy on-the-go treat. So when I teamed up with The Quaker Oats Company to share a recipe that makes my morning easier, I couldn’t wait to make these Cherry Almond Grab and Go Granola Bars for you guys.
Of course, we’re starting off with Quaker Standard Oats. They’re 100% whole grains and the star of these breakfast bars.
And I’m including other goodies, too. Sliced almonds, rice cereal, dried cherries, peanut butter, honey, chocolate chips, vanilla, and maple syrup.
And oh honey… these are going to be good!
Warm the peanut butter, honey, maple syrup and vanilla and mix together so you can easily pour it on the dry ingredients.
Oh my! Now mix all the ingredients together until everything is completely coated.
Once coated, transfer the granola mixture to an 8 X 8 inch dish lined with parchment paper and press all the ingredients down as flat as you can.
I used a 6-inch round cake pan to do the work for me so my hands didn’t have to get sticky.
Sprinkle a few mini chocolate chips on top and press down gently.
Now just bake the bars for about 20-25 minutes and then cool completely.
I let these cool for about an hour and a half on the counter and then I transferred them to the fridge for about an hour. They’re easier to work with when chilled.
Once cold, cut them into 12 equal bars while they were still in the dish.
I wanted to nibble on these right away, but I needed to wait so I could get them all dressed and ready for the week ahead.
With the bars still cold, wrap them in strips of parchment paper and tie each with string.
Then just slip them into treat bags and tape them shut.
To prepare them for the week ahead: Working with chilled bars, wrap each one in a strip of parchment paper and tie with a string. Place in a plastic treat bag to travel with. You can also dip the bottoms in a little melted chocolate or candy coating and let dry before packaging.
Adorable! Now you have individually wrapped and ready breakfast bars handy and a yummy way to brighten the beginning of your day. Just grab one and go.