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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 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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Printable recipe card is below. Make sure to save this recipe because it’s a good one for any day of the week. Enjoy!

4.99 from 257 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

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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648 Responses
  1. Careen

    5 stars
    Found this recipe via Pinterest. Love it! So simple to make (I had no issue with crumbling). My girls love them and my oldest wants to take them for snack at school. Thanks so much for the recipe!

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  3. Jessica aka The Frugal Townie

    5 stars
    These look wonderful! Not sure I would call something with all that butter and sugar healthy, but definitely HEALTHIER than store-bought for sure Thanks!

  4. Stephany Brisco

    5 stars
    These granola bars are a miracle!! They taste BETTER than store bought. Every single person in my family could NOT stop eating these, myself and husband included. Thank you for sharing this!!! You have made my life just a little bit easier:D

  5. Jen @Healthy...with a side of ranch

    These look so good and EASY (which is right up my alley!) Thanks so much, I cannot wait to try these!!

  6. Sally @ sally's baking addiction

    Lauren, i’m coming over from erin @ Dinners, Dishes & Desserts. I am saving these to make sometime. I have been on the hunt for a no bake chewy granola bars recipe! PS: I am loving your blog!

  7. Rebekah

    I used quick oats and cooked the butter, honey, brown sugar mixture for at least two minutes (boiling for that long) but mine fell all to pieces. It tastes wonderful, though. I added raisins, almond slivers, and some mixed dried fruit to mine as well. I wonder if the addition of the fruit could be the problem. I think I need more “syrup” but they are sweet enough as is. Maybe if I cook the syrup longer they will stick together better next time. 🙂

  8. sarahliann

    Just made a batch, used coconut oil as butter sub (dairy free child), I am very anxiously waiting for them to cool, will report on the turn out.

    1. sarahliann

      5 stars
      They turned out awesome! I used about 3T coconut oil instead of butter, used brown puff rice cereal (made the bar a little chewy), added coconut to the oat mix, and melted semisweet baking squares to spread on top (didn’t have any dairy free chips on hand)…I also pressed and pushed them down super hard before chocolate…my picky dairy free child has had two bars already! Finally a sucessful granola bar! (I have had many fails)

  9. Jenn

    Got this off pinterest and they look so good. Tried it and mine completely crumbled 🙁 However it will make a nice topping to make yogurt 🙂 Thanks for the yummy recipe !!!

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  11. Emily

    I just found this post and want to try it for a healthy snack for a long – very long – road trip! Has anyone tried making granola bars without heated honey, like maybe adding it last to mix in? I want to use local honey, but if you heat it, it kills all the natural healing/health benefits. The last batch I tried from a different recipe -not heated – just ended up like really chunky granola. It didn’t hold together well. Any suggestions?

  12. John Wilson

    These look yummy. Probably only cost a fraction of what you’d pay for a box of granola bars in the store. Nice and easy like rice crispy treats. Definitely going to have to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Victoria

    5 stars
    Just made them this morning and they are super easy & super yummy! Next batch I think I’ll try some dried fruit like raisins or cranberries. Thanks for the recipe!

  15. Kristyn

    5 stars
    These were delicious! I only had rolled oats on hand, but I gave them a buzz in the food processor to break them down a bit and they worked great. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  16. kellie

    5 stars
    These were great! I made them in the evening so my little ones haven’t had them yet, but I ate 2 and they were delicious!! I did change it up a little. I did half butter/half p. butter, used blue agave in place of honey and add some coconut. These are not going to last long. I can’t wait to make more and experiment with the ingredients. Thanks again for sharing the recipe.

  17. Kalai

    5 stars
    I just made these yesterday and they were amazing!!!! I used the quick cook oats and there was absolutely no problem. I also put it in the “perfect brownie pan” then made sure i pushed down each section after the insert was put in and they firmed up great and were already perfect sized pieces 🙂 They are a little too sweet though and am not sure how to lessen the sugar without taking away from the liquid to bind it all together…
    But they are really the easiest granola bars!

  18. Lara

    5 stars
    Found your recipe on a google search for no bake granola bars. We didn’t have any rice crispies in the house so I ended up substituting corn flakes (just crushed them up a little bit) and they came out great! Gotta love a versatile (and forgiving) recipe!

  19. Rochelle

    5 stars
    I made these last night with rolled oats. I just heated up the sauce with the oats to cook them a bit. I quadrupled the recipe (less one cup of oats) and added 3 extra cups of rice crispies (I needed to use them up!) and put them in a sheet cake pan. To make them super tight, I put wax paper over them and rolled them out with my rolling pin. They were a bit sticky so I threw the whole pan in the oven for 10 mins at 350. Which, I know, makes the whole no bake thing a bake thing, but I didnt have quick oats! Anyway, in the fridge overnight after putting on the choc chips and they turned out PERFECT. Good alternative if you don’t have quick oats.

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  21. Natalie

    5 stars
    Made these and they were amazing… I added flax seeds, almond slices, pumpkin seeds, and wheat germ which made them that much more nutritious and amazing!

  22. Leslie

    5 stars
    Just made these this afternoon and they are a hit. So good! And so easy to make. Who knew that boiling the butter, honey, and brown sugar would make it taste like caramel. Yeeee-um!

  23. TC

    Oh my goodness….sounds so simple! I can’t wait to make these. They look like the 90 cal granola bars that I buy at the store, but these are HOMEMADE! Love it! Thanks for sharing!

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  25. Cass

    Hi I want to make these with less sugar can I replace the Butter with Peanut Butter and the Brown sugar with something else? Any advise on what I can use to replace the brown sugar?

  26. Stephanie

    I am excited to try these but I am wondering how they would freeze?? I am sure we could eat them quickly enough but it would be nice to make a bunch extra and freeze them!

  27. Emma

    5 stars
    Hi! I tried the recipe and (they are not even finished yet haha) and I already love them, I added about 1/4 or 1/3 cup of peanut butter (thats a lot I know but I really wanted the taste be noticed) in the sugar/butter/honey mix and I tried a bit of the mixture before putting it in the pan, and it was delicious! I also used a musli for the “crispy part” with some cranberries and mixed seeds and it really gave it something extra, and some whole grain. Thank you so much for this recipe. // Emma Swedish baker with a love for oatmeal bars 😉

  28. Jolynn

    5 stars
    Thanks for the great recipe. I used regular oats because I never have quick oats on hand. They stayed together just fine. I made sure they were packed pretty tight. They were a tiny bit crumbly and hard. I think I over cooked the liquid mixture. I am not used to my electric stove I guess. I also doubled the recipe too.

    1. Jolynn

      I was able to cut them into bars but they just aren’t chewy like they probably should be. But it should be an easy fix by not cooking the liquid too long.

  29. Tiffiny

    5 stars
    I made these today and they are super easy and SO delicious! Took me about 5 minutes to make. However, I will have to double the recipe next time to make more in a batch.

  30. Christine

    5 stars
    These are so good! I’m living in South Korea, sans an oven and good granola bars. I just finished making a batch. They’re a bit sweet but my conversions are a little off since I’m using milliliters instead of cups. I also used Honey Nut Cheerios instead of rice crispies (adding more sweetness…)
    Swapping butter with peanut butter sounds delish. Definitely making these often, next time with Special K!

  31. Stephanie

    I love the taste of these! The only problem I have is that I can’t get them to stick together! Once I let them sit for a long time, they totally fall apart. I even put them in the freezer!! What am I doing wrong?

  32. Megan

    5 stars
    Just made these this week as snacks for the kids. A hit! We were out of rice crispies, but had some corn chex. They were a little stale, so I crisped them up in the oven for a bit, crushed them, and found they were a fine replacement for the rice crispies. I also added ground flaxseeds and replaced the chocolate chips with dried cranberries. We’ll be doing this again, with more variations. Thanks!

  33. laurie

    5 stars
    I made these this afternoon and they really are that quick and delicious!

    I also lined my pan with wax paper which made it super easy to remove, and no dirty pan to clean.

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  36. Jenn

    5 stars
    I just made these and they are so much better than store bought ones. I added some mini marshmallows to half of them along with the mini chips and those turned out good as well. Quick and easy to make just as the recipe indicates!

  37. Miriam

    5 stars
    These were so easy to make and the family loved them. Nice treat to have at the end of the day without feeling so guilty.

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