Soft, chewy, and sweetened with honey and brown sugar, this no-bake granola bar recipe has all the flavor without any of the preservatives of your favorite store bought granola bars! Add chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, or raisins to create different varieties! This post contains an affiliate link.
Granola bars are one of our favorite snacks to add to school lunches. Until recently I hadn’t had a lot of success with making homemade ones, however. I finally realized that the problem was that I was using granola to make them! It just made sense to use granola when making granola bars, but when I switched to quick oats—success! I think the granola simply had too much sugar because the bars always turned out really hard—like crack a tooth hard. This no-bake granola bar recipe uses oats and creates the most delicious and chewy bars!
I usually make a triple batch and that will fill a 13 x 18″ half-sized sheet pan. I’ll share those measurements below, but just know that you can make a single batch by dividing it into thirds. If you have a large family like we do (5 kids), you’ll want the big pan!
Chocolate Chip No Bake Granola Bar Recipe
Chocolate Chip Granola Bar Recipe
Soft, chewy, and sweetened with honey and brown sugar, this no-bake granola bar recipe has all the flavor without any of the preservatives of your favorite store bought granola bars! Add chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, or raisins to create different varieties!
- 3/4 c. butter
- 3/4 c. honey
- 1 c. brown sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 6 c. quick cooking oats
- 3 c. rice crispy cereal
- 1 c. chocolate chips
Heat butter, honey and brown sugar over high heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and set a timer for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in vanilla.
In a large bowl combine oats and rice cereal.
Pour butter/sugar mixture over oats and cereal and stir. Let cool for 1-2 minutes.
Line a half sheet pan with parchment paper. Spray lightly with non-stick cooking spray.
Spread granola bar mixture into pan. Spray hands and press firmly to distribute the mixture evenly.
Sprinkle with chocolate chips and use a spatula to press the chocolate chips firmly into the granola bar mixture.
Let cool. Slice into bars.
Refrigerate bars until completely set.
Make sure to use quick oats, not old fashioned rolled oats.
Make sure to allow mixture to boil for a full 2 minutes or granola bars may not set up completely.
Do not boil for more than 2 minutes or the granola bars may have a hard candy texture.
We like eating them with a fork soon after making them—with the melty chocolate chips! If you’d like them to set up a bit more, refrigerate until firm. Definitely, do this if you plan on packing them into school lunches.
And since we are on the topic of granola—here is my favorite granola recipe.
Years ago I posted on a Coast Guard wive’s forum asking if anyone had a good granola recipe. My friend, Mary, shared this recipe with me and I’ve been making it for 12 years! It is so delicious and you can add so many wonderful and nutritious ingredients to it! I’ve added wheat germ, flax, and raisins. My staple add-ins are almonds and coconut.
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