Snacks

Kudos Granola Bars

These Homemade Kudos Granola Bars are easy to make and taste so similar to the real thing. They are satisfying, sweet, and a great grab and go snack! These were discontinued years ago and were one of my favorite childhood snacks, so let's remake them but with better-for-you ingredients!

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kudos granola bars on a piece of parchment paper

I’m currently running a throw back dessert from the 90’s series over on my Instagram, and these Kudos Granola Bars are episode five in that series. These were definitely one of my favorite snacks growing up, I personally loved the m&m’s one the most, but all were so delightful.  

This homemade version is made with healthier and wholesome ingredients like oats, crispy quinoa and sweetened with maple syrup. They are satisfying, sweet, and taste so much better than store bought! These granola bars are no bake, so they don’t take long to put together too. 

Take these Kudos Granola Bars on the road, for hikes, pack them in lunchboxes, or keep them in the fridge for the perfect grab and go snack.

Ingredients And Substitutions To Make Kudos Granola Bars

I love making granola bars at home because I know exactly what ingredients I’m including! No unknown or hard-to-pronounce ingredients in these bars. The original was made with corn syrup and loaded with sugar, this version is instead made with wholesome ingredients like maple syrup, dairy free dark chocolate and quinoa crisps.

Crispy Quinoa- You can easily make crispy or puffed quinoa at home with just quinoa and oil. This can be made on the stovetop or in the oven. I however, like buying a big bag of it online and using it in my recipes. Alternatively, you can use rice crispy cereal.

Old fashioned rolled oats- You can use old fashioned or quick oats for this recipe. Oat will help hold the bar together and create a more chewy texture.

Coconut sugar- Can also substitute for cane sugar or brown sugar. This will be heated to create a caramel substance.

Plant based butter if you want to keep this recipe dairy free, otherwise you can use regular unsalted butter. I prefer grass-fed from Kerry Gold.

Pure maple syrup- This is different than pancake syrup. You can use agave, date syrup or even honey if desired.

Salt- helps to balance out all the flavors.

Vanilla extract- an extra bonus in any dessert recipe. It adds so much flavor. I like to use my homemade vanilla extract, but store-bought works just as great.

Dairy free mini chocolate chips- I like to use mini chocolate chips so that there is a piece in every bite. It also resembles the original Kudos bars. If you are not dairy free, regular works as well.

Coconut oil helps to melted the chocolate to make it smooth and creamy. Any oil such as avocado oil, or extra virgin olive oil will work too.

Chocolate coated candies such as M&M’s or Unreal candies which are a healthier alternative.

all the ingredients you need to make these granola bars in individual containers.

How To Make Kudos Granola Bars

Kudos Granola Bars are a quick and easy snack to make! I love having these bars on hand for lunches, snacks, or even an after-dinner treat. You don’t have to bake them, but they do need time to chill before cutting, so keep that in mind before you get started. Let’s get into it:

  • We’re making the bars in a standard loaf pan. I like to line mine with parchment paper so they lift right out. Set that aside for now!
  • In a saucepan over low heat, add in the plant-based butter, coconut sugar and maple syrup. Mix well until butter is melted fully. Allow to simmer on low, stirring occasionally until mixture starts to bubble. Keep stirring for about 3-5 minutes, then remove from heat.
  • In a bow, combine puffed quinoa and oats and mix until the two are well incorporated. Then, pour in the caramel mixture and mix well. Add in the mini chocolate chips and stir gently but quickly to incorporate them into the mixture but don’t mix too much so the mini chocolate chips melt.
  • Immediately transfer the mixture into the lined loaf pan and press firmly. Top with more mini chocolate chips and chocolate coated candies. Use the edges of the parchment paper to press the toppings into the oat mixture, then transfer to the fridge to set for 1 hour.
  • When ready, remove the granola bars and slice into individual bars. Dip the bottoms in melted chocolate and transfer to a baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper. Drizzle the tops with more chocolate and then place in the freezer for 15 minutes to full set. Remove and enjoy.

Tips and Tricks

If you’re having trouble with your mixture being too crumbly, here is what you can do for the granola bars to hold their shape.

  • First, the type of oat that are used matters: I used old fashioned oats for this recipe which worked out great, but if you’re finding that the bars are falling apart, you can also use quick oats. If you don’t have quick oats on hand, try adding the old fashioned oats to a blender and pulsing a few times to break them up.
  • Secondly, you can add in more maple syrup which will act as the binding agent to hold everything together.
  • Next, make sure you really press the bars in the pan. I use a separate piece of parchment paper for this and put a lot of pressure to ensure everything is solid.
  • Lastly, make sure you refrigerate the granola bars for at least an hour before slicing into.
the kudos granola bars dipped and coated in chocolate and drizzled with more chocolate.

Flavor Variations

There are so many ways to customize these Kudos Granola Bars for variation and flavor!

  • You can add in any nut butter you like! Almond butter, peanut butter or cashew butter are great options. For a nut-free option, use sunflower butter or granola butter.
  • You can add in chopped up nuts, like peanuts, if you want a little crunch! Just make sure the nuts are chopped up in small pieces, or sprinkled them on top instead of the chocolate coated candies.

How to Serve and Store

Store the bars in the refrigerator for up to 10 days, just make sure they are tightly covered, or in an air tight container so they stay fresher, longer.

You can also freeze the granola bars for up to one month. Place in a ziplock baggie and lay flat in the freezer. I love having them on hand for a grab and go snack! Let them defrost at room temperature for 10 minutes before enjoying.

an up close shot of the kudos granola bars on a piece of parchment paper.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I used instead of the popped quinoa?

You can swap for rice crispy cereal instead.

Why are my bars falling apart?

You may have used too much dry ingredients, so instead add in more wet ingredients like maple syrup.

How long will these last?

In the refrigerator for up to 10 days, or in the freezer for up to one month.

Other Recipes You May Like

If you make these Kudos Granola Bars, I would really appreciate a comment and rating down below, under the recipe card. Don’t forget to take a picture and tag me over on InstagramTiktok or Pinterest!

Kudos Granola Bars

These Homemade Kudos Granola Bars are easy to make and taste so similar to the real thing. They are satisfying, sweet, and a great grab and go snack! These were discontinued years ago and were one of my favorite childhood snacks, so let's remake them but with better-for-you ingredients!
Pin Recipe
PREP TIME:
10 minutes
COOK TIME:
1 hour
TOTAL TIME:
1 hour, 10 minutes
Author - Hannah

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup crispy quinoa
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 3 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp dairy free or regular butter
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup dairy free mini chocolate chips, divided
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup unreal candies

SCALE:

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Directions

  1. Line a standard sized loaf pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the crispy quinoa and oats. Set aside.
  3. In a small sauce pan over low heat, stir together the coconut sugar, butter, and maple syrup. Bring to a simmer, and continue to stir for 3-5 minutes, until thickened. Remove from heat.
  4. Pour the caramel mixture over the oat mixture, add in the vanilla extract and using a rubber spatula, mix until fully combined.
  5. Add in 1/2 cup of the mini chocolate chips, mix gently but be careful not to over-mix, otherwise the chocolate chips will melt.
  6. Working quickly, press the mixture into the loaf pan. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup of chocolate chips and unreal candies. Use the edges of the parchment paper and press the toppings into the granola bars.
  7. Place in the fridge to set for a minimum of 1 hour.
  8. Melt the remaining 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and coconut oil together in the microwave, pausing to stir every 30 seconds until fully melted.
  9. Working one at a time, dip the bottoms of each granola bar into the chocolate, then place onto a piece of parchment paper. Once all of the bars have been dipped, drizzle any remaining melted chocolate on top of each bar.
  10. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, or until chocolate has fully set and enjoy.

Notes

Bars can be stored in an airtight container, in the fridge for up to 10 days, or 1 month in the freezer.

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