Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

My daughter had a friend come over after school for a play date and I wanted to make them something special to eat for their snack. I was thinking about making cookies but I didn’t want to load them up with so much butter & sugar. I decided on granola bars when I found this recipe on Tracey’s Culinary Adventures that looked quick and easy to make. They were a big hit with both girls and my son too.

Coat an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray. Line the pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on opposite sides to lift the bars out easily afterward. Coat the parchment with cooking spray.

Add the brown sugar, honey, and butter to a small saucepan and set over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until the sugar has dissolved. Bring the mixture to a simmer then reduce the heat to low and continue to cook for 1 more minute. Turn off the heat under the pan and stir in the vanilla extract.

Mix the oats and rice cereal together in a bowl until well combined. Pour the melted butter mixture over the oats & rice then stir with a rubber spatula until well combined. All of the dry ingredients should be moistened. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan. Spread in an even layer and press hard to make sure the mixture is compacted so the bars don’t turn out crumbly. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top of the mixture and lightly press down on them with the spatula so they stick to the granola mixture.

Allow to set for at least 2 hours or into the refrigerator for 30 minutes to speed things up. Use the parchment handles to lift out then cut into bars. Individually wrap the granola bars with plastic wrap and store at room temperature.

 

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Yield: 8-10 granola bars

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 5 min.

Ingredients:

2 cups of quick cooking oats
1 cup of crispy rice cereal
1/3 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup of honey
4 tbsp butter
3/4 tsp vanilla
4 tbsp mini chocolate chips

Directions:

Coat an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray. Line the pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on opposite sides to lift the bars out easily afterward. Coat the parchment with cooking spray.

Add the brown sugar, honey, and butter to a small saucepan and set over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until the sugar has dissolved. Bring the mixture to a simmer then reduce the heat to low and continue to cook for 1 more minute. Turn off the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.

Mix the oats and rice cereal together in a bowl until well combined. Pour the melted butter mixture over the oats & rice then stir with a rubber spatula until well combined. All of the dry ingredients should be moistened. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan. Spread in an even layer and press hard to make sure the mixture is compact so the bars don't turn out crumbly. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top of the mixture and lightly press down on them with the spatula so they stick to the granola mixture.

Allow to set for at least 2 hours or place into the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to speed things up. Use the parchment handles to lift out then cut into bars. Individually wrap the granola bars with plastic wrap and store at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by Tracey's Culinary Adventures

 

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32 Responses to “Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars”

  1. 1

    Nicole(Whole Strides) — January 10, 2013 @ 8:41 pm

    Those look really good! We’ll have to try those out.

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    Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars | My Best Cookbook — January 10, 2013 @ 8:47 pm

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    Kris — January 10, 2013 @ 10:03 pm

    Those look good! I wish I had one right now! Another one for my bookmarks!!
    xo Kris

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    Rache — January 10, 2013 @ 10:52 pm

    Oh, i think this is something that I want to try very soon :) it looks yummy and it’s healthy and easy to make. thanks for sharing it!

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    mia xara — January 10, 2013 @ 11:32 pm

    Just love the fact that there’s no baking involved and at the same time it’s such a healthy snack! The expression on the little ones’ faces is priceless!!

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    Jenn — January 11, 2013 @ 4:31 am

    Those looking amazing! Better than any store bought granola bar I’ve seen! And what a great treat for the kids!

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    Rhonda (@diningalone) — January 11, 2013 @ 8:02 am

    The parchment in the pan to lift it out is genius! These look good, you have some lucky kids :)

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    Carmen Rosa — January 11, 2013 @ 9:13 am

    Pam, They look so good. Really delicious. Lovelys kids!!!!

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    Joanne — January 11, 2013 @ 9:52 am

    Homemade granola bars are the best! SO much better than storebought!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — January 11, 2013 @ 10:15 am

    What a fun afterschool snack!

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    grace — January 11, 2013 @ 12:33 pm

    these are definitely just as good as any ol’ cookies! nice recipe!

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    Kim in MD — January 11, 2013 @ 5:39 pm

    These granola bars look delicious, Pam! Your daughter and her friend are adorable, as is your son peeking through in that photo! :-)

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    Mary — January 11, 2013 @ 5:47 pm

    These bars look great, Pam. I’ve tried granola bars a few different times and been unimpressed. Yours look perfect. I love the rice crispies in this version. I bet the kids loved them too!

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    Peggy Recker — January 11, 2013 @ 6:03 pm

    Oh those look good. The kids look like they enjoyed them.

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    Kerstin — January 11, 2013 @ 6:50 pm

    What a cute pic – I can see why they enjoyed them so much, they sounds fabulous!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — January 11, 2013 @ 9:31 pm

    These are some awesome after-school snacks! Love the rice crispies in them.

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    Chris — January 12, 2013 @ 9:01 am

    You are an awesome mom.

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    Deb — January 12, 2013 @ 6:23 pm

    My bf eats two Quaker granola bars for breakfast every morning before work. They cost me about $2.50 for a box of 8. I’m thinking this might be a swap we could make to save a little money. With the exception of rice cereal and chocolate chips, these are all things I always have on hand. Could the amount of rice cereal be cut down to a smaller amount and sub in more oatmeal instead?

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    • Pam replied: — January 13th, 2013 @ 7:51 pm

      I’ve only made these once so I am not sure how they would turn out if you adapt the recipe. Please let me know how it turns out if you do adapt them.

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      • Deb replied: — January 17th, 2013 @ 4:07 pm

        I gave these a try today sans rice cereal, and except for not pressing them down hard enough (they’re a little crumbly lol) they turned out good. Now I just have to see if they pass the bf test since he’s the one who eats them!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — January 13, 2013 @ 3:03 pm

    Love these granola bars. I have made them before, and they are a big hit with my 7 year old as well!

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    teresa — January 13, 2013 @ 4:16 pm

    oh yes, i’ll be making these very soon. i love homemade granola bars!

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    Words Of Deliciousness — January 13, 2013 @ 7:30 pm

    This looks like a great treat. I think it would be great for big kids too.

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    Chocolate Chip Granola Bars - Deb's Cooking! — January 17, 2013 @ 6:09 pm

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    It's me, Sam — January 23, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

    I made this tonight, decreased the amount of oatmeal, and added coconut, chopped dried cranberries and apricots, sunflower and pumpkin seeds. They look and smell delicious…

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    Traci — February 1, 2013 @ 3:24 pm

    Do you think these are freezable? I don’t think my toddler could eat all of these before they spoil.

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    Lisa — April 27, 2013 @ 6:26 pm

    just made these yesterday, love them!

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    Snack Break | 365 Crocheting Adventures — May 21, 2013 @ 5:19 pm

    [...] Stepping out of my box and attempted these homemade granola bars. My husband loved them and I think they’re pretty awesome as well. You could switch it up and add peanut butter or different flavored chips, nuts or berries in these. The only thing I did differently was adding the chocolate chips early and mixed them in with the dry mix. I found the recipe here. [...]

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    Susan — June 5, 2013 @ 9:07 am

    Hi,

    Do you cook these? If so, what is the oven temperature? How long?

    Thanks!

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    • Pam replied: — June 5th, 2013 @ 10:00 am

      Susan,

      You don’t bake these granola bars. You let them set up for 2 hours or in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

      Pam

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    Sallie Brown — June 6, 2013 @ 6:13 am

    I made them last night and they are a HIT! I brought some to work today and my fellow employees love them. I just wish I knew how fattening they were..

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