Made with Lucky Charms cereal, quick cooking oats, and white chocolate chips, these no-bake Lucky Charms Granola Bars are a fun special treat for your loved ones at St. Patrick’s Day and year round!
I constantly say I’m not a big St. Patrick’s Day person, yet here I am pushing another St. Patrick’s Day recipe your way. To be fair, this is really just a Lucky Charms recipe and is totally appropriate at any time of year. But I’m sure Lucky Charms sales increase majorly in March and maybe even parents who don’t normally allow sugary cereal let their kids indulge at this time of year. I know my consumption certainly increases!
While I don’t eat sugary cereal for breakfast, I sometimes like to indulge in it as a snack or for dessert and Lucky Charms is almost always my choice (a close second goes to Cinnamon Toast Crunch). It’s absolutely delicious right out of a bowl with a splash of milk, but also makes for a great ingredient in so many recipes. So far, I’ve made Lucky Charms Ice Cream, Lucky Charms Baked Doughnuts, and a Lucky Charms Martini and have so many more ideas floating around in my head. But first, I had to incorporate the cereal into some delicious, albeit incredibly sweet, granola bars.
LUCKY CHARMS GRANOLA BARS RECIPE
Some granola bars are super healthy. These Lucky Charms granola bars are not those. They’re more like special treats that come well-deserved in the middle of a busy week. Especially at St. Patrick’s Day, but also in the middle of July.
The granola bars are no-bake and incredibly easy to make. To start, mix the dry ingredients together. I used Lucky Charms cereal, quick cooking oats, and white chocolate chips, along with some pretty sprinkles for good measure. If you don’t like white chocolate or don’t want a super sweet bar, you can definitely leave those chips out. You can also feel free to leave he sprinkles out; I just like them for appearance sake.
Let’s be real; I add sprinkles to anything I can.
Then, in a saucepan, melt butter, brown sugar, and vanilla together, let it come to a boil and simmer for a couple minutes, and pour the mixture into the bowl with the cereal. Spread into a lightly greased 8×8 baking pan, pressing down to form an even layer. And let chill in the fridge for at least an hour before slicing.
And then you can slice into bars and enjoy! To slice mine, I made five vertical slices across and then one horizontal slice down the middle to divide each bar into two. This made the perfect size granola bars for me.
Like I mentioned, these Lucky Charms granola bars are sweet! Between the marshmallows in the cereal, brown sugar, and white chocolate chips, the pack a punch of sugar that is sure to make anyone with a sweet tooth fall in love. They were actually a little bit too sweet for me, but I’m not the biggest white chocolate lover. Chris absolutely loved them and didn’t think they were too sweet at all (he’s a big white chocolate fan). That’s why I’m making the white chocolate chips optional and letting you decide based on the intensity of your sweet tooth.
And I mean, at least you’re getting some fiber with those oats and the non-marshmallow part of the Lucky Charms (what are those called anyway?? And furthermore, what the heck are those shapes?? Apparently, they’re Christian symbols?? Who knew!).
These Lucky Charms granola bars are almost as fun to look at as they are to eat. I just love all the magically delicious colors!
These granola bars are perfect for any little leprechauns you have in your life, though like I mentioned, they make big leprechauns happy, too (also, maybe don’t call your loved ones “leprechauns” because that’s kind of creepy)! I sent most of the batch off to work with Chris so I wouldn’t be on a permanent sugar high, but now I kind of regret it as a Lucky Charms granola bar would go perfectly with my afternoon coffee.
So many marshmallows!! I have this weird feeling Lucky Charms has been putting more marshmallows in their boxes of cereal lately, though I could totally be wrong. While the ratio will never be high enough, I’ve just been feeling more satisfied lately.
If you’re looking for a sweet and festive St. Patrick’s Day treat, be sure to make these Lucky Charms granola bars! They’re the perfect ending to a corned beef dinner. Or just a long, difficult day.
Are you as Lucky Charms obsessed as I am?
Lucky Charms Granola Bars
- 2 cups Lucky Charms cereal
- 2 cups quick cooking oats
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips (optional)
- 1/4 cup sprinkles (optional)
- 5 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup, plus 1 Tbsp light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Line an 8x8 baking pan with foil and lightly grease with cooking spray or butter.
- In a large bowl, mix together Lucky Charms, quick cooking oats, white chocolate chips (if using), and sprinkles (if using).
- In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stir together butter, brown sugar, honey, vanilla extract, and salt. Let mixture come to a boil, then lower heat and let simmer for about 2 minutes.
- Pour liquid mixture over dry ingredients and toss well to coat.
- Pour mixture into the prepared pan and using fingers, press down into an even layer.
- Place pan in refrigerator for at least one hour to allow granola bars to cool and harden. Once chilled, remove from pan, place on cutting board, and cut into 10 bars (I make 5 cuts across and then one in the middle to divide into 10).