Cranberry Nut Energy Bars

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins

These are a great alternative to store bought cereal and granola bars. They pack well and make an easy, quick snack or breakfast on the go. I like to use dried cranberries, but you could substitute any soft dried fruit like cherries or apricots.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Toast oatmeal on large baking sheet 13 x 9 pan or 15 x 10 jellyroll pan for 10 minutes.
  3. Add raisins and Rice Krispies and toast another 5 minutes.
  4. Add peanuts and dried fruit and set aside.
  5. In a large pan, melt butter, peanut butter and marshmallows over low heat.
  6. When smooth and combined, add oatmeal mixture.
  7. Stir to coat.
  8. Press firmly into 9x13 pan.
  9. Cool and cut into 20 bars.
  10. Note: I use a large dutch oven type pot to make mixing easier.
  11. You can also reduce or eliminate butter if you want to lower the fat.
Most Helpful

This is the first granola bar that I have ever made, but it was relatively easy. I really like the cranberries in it. It was a success!!

Reeny February 19, 2003

Wow! Good, good, good! We substitute sunflower butter and roasted, salted sunflower seeds made in a peanut-free facility for the peanut products; soy margarine in place of the butter (allergies). Otherwise we make it as written, with cranberries. Word of caution: I'd recommend toasting things on the _bottom_ rack of the oven. I used the top rack the first time and had smoke billowing through the kitchen! To simplify things I use non-stick aluminum foil in the 9x13 pan, and use the bottom of a measuring cup sprayed with oil to squish the hot, sticky marshmallow mixture into the pan. Thanks for a nice recipe we use all the time!

Mommy Needs Coffee November 11, 2006

These were great! I used some tropical mix dried fruits as well as cranberries and used a mix of nuts instead of the peanuts. I also added a touch of allspice and toasted the nuts along with the cereal and raisins.

Debbie Wales September 21, 2003