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I have loved M&Ms ever since I was a little girl. They are one of my favorite bite-size candies, and always will be. The first time I had ever eaten M&Ms® Crispy was around Valentine’s Day. I am really happy they brought this variety back to the shelves, because I became an instant fan. I didn’t even know I had been missing out while they were gone!
Guess what happened when I brought out the large bag to share with my family. Let’s just say, those M&Ms® Crispy didn’t last for long. I had to go out to CVS and buy another bag so I could make no bake granola bars with M&Ms® Crispy. I love adding M&Ms® candy to my homemade granola bars. I normally add in the plain variety, but I knew the M&Ms® Crispy with their crispy rice centers would taste awesome in granola bars made with crispy rice cereal.
On my next trip to store, I picked up an M&Ms® Crispy large bag to use in the recipe AND some of the small bags to hide away in my “secret Mom candy stash.” They have 180 calories per serving, which makes them a wonderful way to treat myself. Now I am wondering: Do you have a secret stash of treats to enjoy all by yourself after the kids are in bed? You can tell me, I promise to keep it a secret!
My new favorite way to make granola bars the perfect size. Meet granola bites!
I had a happy accident while making these granola bars. I doubled the recipe so I would have enough to freeze (because yes, you can freeze them). I ran out of baking dishes, so I used a mini muffin pan to make a batch of bite-sized granola bars. The happy accident was that I realized it is MUCH easier to make granola bars in the mini muffin pans because you don’t have to cut them out! They are already the perfect size for granola bites. I will definitely be making them this way from now on. I never was a big fan of trying to cut granola bars into bar shapes. I am so happy I can skip that step by using the mini muffin pan as a mold.
No Bake Granola Bars with M&Ms® Crispy Recipe
1/2 Large bag of M&Ms® Crispy
2.5 cups Rice Krispies Cereal
1 3/4 cups Quick Oats
1/4 cup Ground Flax Seed (you can substitute more oats if you don’t have this ingredient)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1. Mix the Rice Krispies, Quick Oats, and Ground Flax Seed in a bowl. Set aside.
2. Using a small saucepan, stir the honey, brown sugar and salt together on medium-low heat. Continue to stir and bring the mixture to a rolling boil for 30-60 seconds.
3. Remove mixture from heat and stir in the peanut butter and vanilla.
4. Pour the mixture onto the dry ingredients from Step 1 and mix until everything is thoroughly coated.
5. Allow mixture to cool for 5-10 minutes before mixing in the M&Ms® Crispy.
6. Press mixture into a lightly greased 9×13 pan and let cool before cutting into bars. *OR* press mixture into mini muffin pan and allow to cool completely before removing from pan.
This recipe can easily be doubled to make a larger batch of granola bars. I like to make a double batch and freeze at least half of what I make. I pull more bars out as needed. They thaw quickly, and the kids love to eat them for snacks at home and at school.
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