Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

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This Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bar Recipe is THE BEST and easiest way to make granola bars! Plus, they’re cheaper and healthier than the store-bought kind!

You guys, I have found THE BEST and easiest way to make granola bars on this sweet planet earth. I was looking for recipe ideas and came across a few Pinterest photos that had me swooning over chewy chocolate chip granola bars and it made me want to try my hand at them. After a few testers, I ended up with a super kid and school lunch-friendly, *slightly* healthier version that has gotten rave review after rave review.

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Granola Bar Recipe

These are pretty darn simple granola bars AND amazingly delicious. I was seriously shocked at how well these turned out for 3 minutes of work. Literally 3 minutes. If you have kids make these! Heck, even if you don’t, make ’em anyways. They are great snacks or fast breakfasts. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Butter – this is part of the boiled sugar mixture. Some readers have found that peanut butter works great here.
  • Honey – a natural sweetener.
  • Brown Sugar – more sweetener, this also is part of the boiled sugar mixture along with the honey.
  • Quick Cooking Oats – not rolled oats!
  • Crispy Rice Cereal – some readers have replaced this with other cereals such as Cheerios or Chex.
  • Vanilla – to help the flavor.
  • Mini Chocolate Chips – optional but highly recommended.

Boiling Syrup

How to make granola bars

  1. In a small saucepan, heat up some butter, honey and brown sugar over medium-high heat. Stir it together, reduce heat to medium low and let it simmer for up to 2 minutes or until the sugar dissolves.
  2. While that is heating up, measure out rolled oats and Rice Krispies into a large bowl.
  3. Stir in vanilla extract into the hot syrup.
  4. Pour the hot syrup over the dry ingredients and stir well to coat.
  5. Press firmly into a greased jelly roll pan using either buttered fingers or a greased spatula.
  6. Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips.
  7. Cool to room temperature for about 1 hour or until set.
  8. Cut into bars, wrap individually and use as desired.

Granola Bar Recipe

Adapting your granola bar recipe

The beauty of this recipe is how adaptable it is. You can make lots of granola bar flavor combinations and create your very own recipe, based on what you and your family like. Feel free to add in raisins, nuts, maple syrup, flax seeds, cinnamon, butterscotch chips, coconut, agave, craisins, citrus zest, the list goes on!

How to Make Granola Bars

Getting the boiled sugar mixture right

This recipe is very much dependent on the boiled sugar mixture. If your granola bars don’t seem to be staying together when you cut them, you may have not boiled the mixture long enough…you want it to make it just past the softball stage.

If you boil the mixture TOO MUCH, then once they set, they will be nearly too hard to eat. So, the best way to set yourself up for success is to bring the honey-butter mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, then lower the heat to medium-low and simmer until the sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes.

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Storing

After your bars have set, cut into portions, wrap individually in parchment paper or plastic wrap and store the whole lot of them in a large airtight container or bag at room temperature for up to 7 days. I don’t like refrigerating or freezing because then the bars get really hard and don’t keep their amazing chewy texture, even after defrosting.

Of course, you can store them however you like, but keep in mind they are enjoyed best at room temperature.

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4.99 from 254 votes

No-Bake Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

This Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bar Recipe is THE BEST and easiest way to make granola bars! Plus, they're cheaper and healthier than the store bought kind!
servings 10 bars
Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 5 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats not rolled oats
  • 1 cup crispy rice cereal
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, stir oats and rice cereal together. Set aside. In a small pot, melt butter, honey and brown sugar together over medium-high heat until it comes to a bubble. Reduce the heat and cook 2 minutes or until the sugar dissolves. (should take 1-2 minutes) Pour in vanilla and stir. Pour over dry ingredients and mix well to moisten all ingredients.
  • Pour into lightly greased small jelly roll pan {about 12x8x1} and press out to be about 3/4 inch in thickness. {If your pan isn't small enough, pack the mixture into one side. You really want to press them down so they stick together.} Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips and press down lightly.
  • Cool on a countertop to room temperature for two hours or until the chocolate chips are set before cutting into bars. Wrap in parchment or plastic wrap and store at room temperature.

Notes

If your granola bars don't seem to be staying together when you cut them, you may have not boiled the mixture long enough...you want it to make it just past the softball stage. OR you made them too thin or you didn't pack them in tight enough. Stick them in the fridge for 20 minutes and that should help keep them together. {Be sure not to keep them in there too long or else they'll become super hard!} The next time you make them, try boiling for an extra 15 seconds or so.

Nutrition

Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 46mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 149IU | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: granola bar recipe, granola bars, how to make granola bars
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638 Responses
  1. Gineva

    Mine would not stick together for all there worth either, so I popped them in the oven for a few minutes, I dont think I boiled the mixture long enough:(

  2. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    These look just like the ones my mom used to buy me as a kid … but I am sure they are MUCH healthier homemade, and tastier too!

  3. Michelle F

    I made these the day after I saw them! I used butterscotch chips, coconut and chocolate chips, and they were SO good! Here’s my post about them:
    http://littlethingsxoxo.blogspot.com/2012/01/no-bake-chewy-granola-bars.html

    Thanks for the recipe!!

  4. Donna

    Wow! My family is always asking for me to make snacks they can take along on skiing adventures – these definitely fit the bill! Must. Try. Today.

  5. Jamie

    5 stars
    These are wonderful! So easy and delicious!! The first time I followed the recipe exactly and they were awesome – my family ate them all in 1 day. The next time I added 1/3 cup peanut butter to the cooked mixture after I took it off the stove ( just stirred until incorporated ) then put peanut butter chips AND chocolate chips on top and they are DIVINE! Wonderful recipe! Thank you!

  6. Patti

    Just visited your site today for the first time. I’ll be making these–for sure!–along with your 9-layer dip! Thanks so much for the recipes! : )

  7. Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker

    5 stars
    Love these! I passed the recipe along to a good friend of mine who has been searching for a homemade alternative to her husband’s Quaker chocolate chip granola bar habit 😉 I think these will definitely fit the bill!

  8. Erin

    5 stars
    Thanks for the recipe, they are cooling now. Love that they are honey and butter since my son who is a chocolate chip granola bar addict can’t bring anything with peanut butter in them and most recipies call for peanut butter.

    1. Lauren

      Because they don’t have a million preservatives in them like the ones at the store. You know exactly what is in them. If you cut out some of the sugar, honey and butter, they become low cal too.

  9. Katie

    I’m sure these won’t last very long in my house,however,what is the shelf life for these yummy looking granola bars? I am thinking of tripling the recipe for my nephews as well as my kiddos. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Can’t wait to try it! 😀

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  11. Thea

    5 stars
    I found you via. pintrest! They look and taste identical to the expensive organic Cascadia ones at the store that my husband loves!!!! Thank you for saving out pocket book!

  12. Julia, Des Moines Frugal Family Examiner

    5 stars
    Just pinned a few days ago and made them two days ago. will blog it and link back to here. i think my past candy making added to my success. not the packing down hard, but knowing how to read the candy (honey and sugar and butter).

  13. Melanie

    5 stars
    WOW! These came out fabulous. I made them exactly as the recipe stated. They were a little too sweet though (I know, who says that?). What can I reduce (sugar or honey) to make them a little less sweet without risking that they fall apart?

  14. Lisa

    5 stars
    Made these tonight and they are AWESOME. So easy to make, I had
    all the ingredients. Will not be buying boxed granola bars anymore!!

  15. Chrissi

    5 stars
    Thank you for the great recipe!!! I made mine into Lactation bars using brewers yeast and extra thick rolled oats I also added flaxseed meal, dried cranberries and white chocolate chips…

  16. Debbie

    5 stars
    Made these and they are amazing!! Sweet and yummy and soooooo easy!! I added chopped pecans.
    Love all the recipes I’ve tried from your blog Lauren!!

  17. Jen

    Just made them & we’ll see how they turn out. SO quick & easy. Probably would add the choc chips to the oats/rice krispies so they disperse a little more evenly.

  18. Kelly

    5 stars
    Oh emm gee! These are one of the most fantastic things I’ve ever made. I followed the directions exactly (no on the fly changes for this novice cook) and they came out awesome!!! I will definitely be making a MUCH bigger batch this weekend!

  19. Brooke Guevara

    5 stars
    These look absolutely delicious and simple enough for me to make; double score! Just found your blog via pinterest, I can’t wait to check out some more of your blog and recipes. Have a blessed day, and thanks for sharing.

  20. Nicole

    5 stars
    Just made this today and they are almost gone! The boys loved them! I used old fashioned oats and they were still perfect. Thanks for so many great recipes, Lauren. I love the fact that I have most of the ingredients in my pantry!!!

  21. Kari

    5 stars
    Thanks for this TOTally easy recipe! I tweaked it to make it gluten free by using brown crispy rice cereal and GF oats (bob’s redmill). I also used coconut oil instead of butter (now dairy free!) – DELISH!

  22. inga

    i made them today.they also did not stick together,but kids did not care.they were happy either way.i felt like it needed more *liquid*.
    thank you for great recipe.it was my 1st time making granola bars.

  23. Kim

    4 stars
    Hi there! I made these today YUM! I did however take the suggestion to cook the sugar/butter/honey mix longer, I boiled for and extra 2min and they turned out perfect! Thank you for this simple and tasty recipe.
    Kim

  24. PLT

    5 stars
    This was really easy and fast! I replaced the rice krispies with Cheerios, chocolate chips with raisins and most virtuous of all – coconut oil instead of butter. I must say I was a little surprised by how good it tasted! Thank you!

  25. DessertForTwo

    5 stars
    BEST HOMEMADE GRANOLA BAR EVER.

    I’ve tried lots of homemade granola bar recipes, only to end up with a crumbly mess on my hands. This granola bar is PERFECT.

    Thank you!! 🙂
    tina

  26. Humble Momma Pie

    5 stars
    Lauren, just wanted to thank you for the awesome recipe (found you through Pinterest). I have made these several times, playing around with the recipe on occasion and ALWAYS loving the result. I even used heart-shaped cutters to make Valentine’s treats for my LO’s friends and classmates – big hit! You’ve helped our household weather our oven-less existence 😀

  27. Alicia

    5 stars
    I just finished making these bars. They are one of the first “make at home” granola bars that I LOVE! Next time I’ll have to make them a bit thicker as they are little bit crumbly. To press them down, I laid a sheet of wax paper on top and pressed away, worked perfectly!

  28. Vanessa

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! Our family loves granola bars, but we have a little one who has a peanut allergy and can’t eat most of the store-bought ones. I don’t know why I didn’t think to try to make my own! Thanks for the recipe – I can’t wait to try this.

  29. Jimisa

    5 stars
    I made these today! They were great! I tweaked it just a bit, use sliced almonds substituted corn syrup for the honey and put some chips in the bars also! I am going to try butterscotch chip. My kids want Coconut and chocolate and almonds! I also made homemade cleaners for you site also today! Thanks for the bars. I will be making these in some fashion form now on!

  30. Amy

    5 stars
    My family LOVES these granola bars! As a family on a budget (like most!) these are a wonderful and delicious alternative to buying the ones in the box! Thanks, Lauren!!!!!!!!

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  32. laura

    5 stars
    I found this through pinteredt and boy am I did! I tried so many different granola bar recopied and they have always crumbled. This is the first recipie that has ever stayed together so nicely. I have little boy with a peanut allergy and u have never found granola bars at the store that are peanut free. I think next time I wil some cranberries in them. Thank.you!

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  34. Alpha

    hi, I tried making them today, with no luck, they are so crumbly. My sister made them too and the same happened. What could have been wrong? and how can we fix them??
    the look delicious though…

    thank you!

  35. Barbara

    5 stars
    I also found your blog through pinterest yesterday. I made these today.
    I added peanuts and I substituted Chocolate chips for M&Ms. 🙂 They were so easy and delicious!

  36. beth

    haven’t made these yet, but i went to buy the ingredients and found gluten free rice krispies which are made with brown rice. looking forward to these!