Dark Chocolate with Dried Cherries and Marshmallow Bit Granola Bars

September 16, 2012

I don't buy or eat granola bars often, but these were pretty much calling my name after I saw it on Foodgawker and majority of the ingredients should already be in your pantry. Plain granola bars are pretty much a blank canvas and you can add whatever your little heart desires. The original recipe just used mini chocolate chips, pretzels and peanut butter.

Dark chocolate chips, pretzels, peanut butter, dried cherries and marshmallow bits. So good! Who knew homemade granola bars were this easy?! Next time I'm going to omit the peanut butter or put less than what the recipe calls for.

Dark Chocolate with Dried Cherries and Marshmallow Bits Granola Bar
Original recipe from My Gathering Table

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup quick oats
1 1/2 cup crispy rice cereal
3/4 cup chopped pretzels
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
Dried cherries (optional)
Marshmallow bits (optional)

Line an 8 x 8 inch square pan with wax paper.

In a medium saucepan add butter, brown sugar, honey and peanut butter. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally until the mixture starts to bubble. Once bubbling cook for 2 minutes while stirring. Remove from heat and add the vanilla.

Stir in the oats, crispy cereal and pretzels. Stir until well coated. Pour into the prepared pan. Press the mixture evenly into the pan. Sprinkle the chocolate chips, dried cherries and marshmallow bits.

Let the it cool. Cut into bars and serve.


  1. That last photo makes me grab at the screen. These look fantastic, Yen. I haven't made granola bars for something like 3 years, but this recipe looks like a MUST. I can nearly guarantee you that I'll be featuring this on Friday. Thanks for sharing & congrats on those delicious photos. What camera do you use?

    1. Thanks Jelli! :)
      As for camera, I use a Nikon P90.

  2. These look amazing! :) Now following you from oh.My.tookies!
    P.S. You have word verification turned on for your commenting. I always let bloggers know in case they are not aware. It took me doing 3 of those stupid things to comment on this post. :/ Most of the time it is on and bloggers have no idea! :)

    1. Welcome to my blog & Thanks for following! :)
      I went ahead and turned off word verification and turned of comment moderation instead. Thanks for the tip!


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