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4 Ingredient Granola Bars

Updated: Mar 19, 2023

Your toddler or preschooler can help make these healthy, quick, and easy granola bars!

Teaching your child the basics of cooking with simple recipes like this one will help them build confidence by showing them that they are trusted to use real tools, and that they are capable of making real food.

"These words reveal the child's inner needs; ‘Help me do it alone'.” -Maria Montessori

Practical life skills like scooping, pouring, measuring, and following the directions of a recipe lay the foundation needed to perform higher level tasks as a child grows older and becomes more independent. Just as importantly, spending time together working on these foundational skills builds a strong relationship between the child and parent. And so you see, making granola bars is never JUST about making granola bars! Though, they are also very delicious. Enjoy!

4 Ingredient Granola Bars


(Brought to you by Market Basket, OF COURSE!)

  • 1 cup peanut butter

  • 1/3 cup honey

  • 2 cups rolled oats

  • chocolate chips (or raisins, chopped nuts, Craisins, etc.)


  1. Line bottom of an 8 x 8 baking pan with parchment paper. (Yes you really do need this or they will stick. I tried without it and was MAD at myself. Use the parchment paper.)

  2. Mix honey and peanut butter in a large bowl.

  3. Mix in the oats. Stir until evenly combined with honey mixture.

  4. Add in chocolate chips (or other mix-ins).

  5. Spread evenly into the pan. Press down with another sheet of parchment paper.

  6. Place in freezer for 1 hour then cut into bars with a sharp knife. (Store in refrigerator until ready to consume.)

Will you try making your own granola bars with your little one? Tell us in comments what you plan to use as your mix-in! You might just give us a cool, new idea for our next batch!

Practice these skills (and many more) by renting a Teaching Tote from your local Teaching Tote specialist!

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Mar 19, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

Yum! We mixed in some mini M&Ms to add some color. Super easy recipe and the kids loved it!

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