Avalanche Granola Bars

Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 20 bars

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So I ate the last granola bar this morning at work.

Not a big deal, but it means I must make more immediately. We always have these granola bars on hand because they don’t need to be refrigerated or frozen and can last on the shelf for weeks (or maybe longer — but we never have any that make it that long).

I had been thinking about these Avalanche Bars I made once from Cookies and Cups, and I thought since these granola bars already use a peanut butter base, it wouldn’t be hard at all to swap out my regular add-ins for some more “Avalanche-type” flavours.

avalanche granola bars overhead whole with white chocolate and peanut butter drizzle

The Avalanche Bars are originally a Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory treat — obviously, because they are an over-the-top delicious combination of rice krispies, peanut butter, white chocolate, chocolate and marshmallows.

I took out the raisins and coconut from my original recipe, and added some marshmallows. I didn’t want big chunks of marshmallow, so I let them get pretty gooey. I still added the mini chocolate chips, but they got pretty gooey, too. Not that I’m complaining — chocolate is chocolate.

two avalanche granola bars stacked on parchment paper with mini marshmallows and rice krispies

I didn’t want to add white chocolate chips to my granola bars because I find the regular size too chunky in a bar like this — I prefer the minis in granola bars, but you can’t get them in white chocolate. So instead I just melted some white chocolate and drizzled it on afterwards.

So I was taking some photos, after these came out of the oven and were cool enough to cut. And I thought I would be all artsy and take a bite of one, ya know, for that “someone here is actually willing to eat these” look.

I promise you, I tried to take some photos…. but there was no stopping my mouth once it got started.

overhead image of avalanche granola bars with rice krispies and mini marshmallows

These are so good.

Generally, I think of granola bars as a somewhat healthy snack for anytime of day. These taste much more dessert-like than my original recipe. Although I’m not sure that there is really much more sugar in them, since I omitted all sugar, and replace the raisins and coconut (both of which have sugar) with marshmallows and drizzled chocolate.

So what I’m saying is: if you want to call this a healthy, mid-morning snack — go for it! And if you want a slice for dessert, it’ll satisfy that craving, too.

Seriously, seriously irresistible.

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Avalanche Granola Bars

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Sweet, gooey granola bars filled with Rice Krispies, peanut butter and chocolate chips and topped with white chocolate and peanut butter chips! A decadent snack or even dessert.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Cuisine American
Course Bread and Baked Goods
Servings 20 bars
Calories 247cal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup wheat bran or ground flax
  • 1 1/2 cups Rice Krispies plus additional for topping
  • 2 1/2 cups large flake oats
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter chips optional
  • 2 tsp milk or cream divided

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×9″ or 8×11″ pan with tin foil and spray with non-stick spray(I used an 8×11″ pan, and you can see mine are on the thin side. If you want thicker than that, use a 9×9″)
  • In a large bowl, melt together butter and peanut butter. Stir in marshmallows until soft and starting to melt (but not necessarily completely melted).
  • Stir in corn syrup, vanilla, wheat bran, Rice Krispies, oats and mini chocolate chips until combined. (If you don’t want your chocolate to melt, wait a couple minutes before adding in) Sprinkle with additional Rice Krispies for a little extra texture if desired.
  • Spread into prepared pan and bake 15-17 minutes. Bars will not necessarily be firm, but should be started to turn golden brown at the edges.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 247cal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 124mg | Potassium: 127mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 360IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1.5mg

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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Charlotte Deal says

    There are no instructions on how to make the “drizzle” on the top. I assume the milk, peanut butter chips and white chocolate chips?

  2. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain says

    Well now this is just about the fanciest granola bar I’ve ever seen! I really need to get on the homemade granola bar bandwagon; you’re all have entirely way too much fun without me. 😉

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