Friday, January 25, 2013

O’Henry Bars (AKA Not Healthy Granola Bars)

I can hear the groans.  ANOTHER recipe post.

Eh, you’ll thank me.

Also all I’ve been doing lately is baking and working out.  Makes sense.  But just wait.  There is a lot of DIY goodness planned for next week.  If I stop baking and working out.  I just love kettlebells. And sugar.

Yesterday I almost forgot that I needed to whip up something for the very first craft night with Newlywoodwards.  (More on that next week.)  I also wanted it to double as a blog post. Two birds.  One stone.  I dug through my recipe box and came up with an oldie but a goody.

O' Henry Bars (Not Healthy Granola Bars)

O’ Henry bars a family favorite.  Yesterday was my first time making them.  I Googled the name to see if there are other recipes like this out there.  Only a few. It probably has another name.  Keep in mind, they are nothing like the candy bar with the same name. Go figure.  They look like a Midwest thing.

I like that they have oats in them.  This way you have a nice comeback when your husband says “I thought you were eating healthy this week?”  You can say, “I am.  There are oats and peanut butter in here.”  Basically I consider them a non-healthy granola bar. (Kim didn’t agree.)

Here’s what you’ll need:

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  • 6 cups oats
    • I used Old-fashioned Oats but Quick Oats are fine as well.
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 c. white corn syrup
  • 1/2 package chocolate chips
  • 1/2 package butterscotch chips
  • 3/4 c. peanut butter.

Mix oatmeal, butter, brown sugar, vanilla and white corn syrup together.  Spread into a cake pan.

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Bake 15 minutes at 375.  Cool.

Melt chips. (I did this in the microwave.  The stovetop is just fine too.) Add peanut butter.  Spread onto cooled layer.

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Eat ‘em up. And then go do a kettlebell work out!

O' Henry Bars (Not Healthy Granola Bars)

These bars are pretty hard to make look pretty.  But trust me.  Deliciousness.

(There is a fine line between done and not done with these bars.  Mine were a tish uncooked and they fell apart a little.  If you cook them too much, they will be hard.  I prefer the fall apart route and to eat it with a spoon!)

Have you heard of O’Henry Bars?  Who is pumped for DIY posts next week?  Big week-end plans?


  1. YUM. I remember these from my childhood! Pinning. Can't wait to hear about the craft party!

  2. Oh my does that ever look yummy! I like anything with peanut butter...

    P.s. you can come over anytime for craft night with that dish in hand :)

  3. Mmmm. These look delicious! And now that I've made your soft pretzel recipe and know that I can trust you 100% when it comes to delicious snack foods, I'm totally in.

  4. Thank you for encouraging diabetes for me. Those look noms. Licking the screen probably just happened on my end.

  5. Oh my.... O Henry bars are my mom's specialty recipe. She makes at least two pans everytime we all come home. She uses rice crispies instead of oats and does a white sugar, corn syrup, peanut butter, and vanilla mixture. Top with dark choc chips!!! I was planning on making these this weekend... now I'm def gonna have to do it!

  6. YUM! These look delicious. I love oatmeal bars. I definitely need to try these. I'm pinning this!

  7. I hate reading these posts after lunch!! It makes me crave snacks I should not be having in the afternoon! ;) {They look so DELISH!}

  8. And if I recall correctly, Kim's son was an O' Henry bar for Halloween! SO you get bonus points. :)

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  10. OH FLIPPIN YUM. those look amazing and my kinda healthy LOL

  11. Yum! These look delicious! I say oatmeal and peanut butter counts as healthy! Lol

  12. I totally thought you were going to post a home-made candy bar recipe, I've never heard of O'Henry's any other way. And then I cracked up when I scrolled down to see the ingredients pic after you said non-healthy granola bar- hilarious!! These sound yummy! Any tips on knowing when they're done vs. not quite yet??

  13. These were awesome and I have to say thy they were really awesome after refrigerated. OHMYGOSH so good. I want more.

  14. You are going to completely wipe out all the working out I have barely been doing with recipe posts like this.

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  25. I believed you when you said that these are not healthy granola bars! Haha! Butterscotch chips, chocolate chips, corn syrup, and butter? They sure are far from being healthy! But, who cares? Everyone can indulge on these scrumptious treats once in a while, right? Oh! That chocolate spread that you have on top is very sinful, even just by looking at it! Haha! Of course, after eating our hearts out, we should go back to eating healthy food again. If you want to make a healthy version of this, remove all the chocolates, corn syrup, and butter, and use yogurt instead.

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