Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars – easy recipe for granola bars. They are so much better than the store-bought kind! Your family will love them!
Being a mom requires me to have certain recipes always on hand. Granola bars are definitely one of them. Especially if they are no-bake and easy to make!
My kids love oatmeal (to my absolute delight!) so I knew they will love these bars too. They are packed with oats, raisins, honey and a little bit of chocolate. 🙂
I tried making my own granola bars many times before and all of the recipes called for baking the bars. They never came out like I wanted them. Hard and crunchy – no, thank you. When my Hubby saw me making these, he asked if I can make them chewy. 🙂 Just a little suggestion on his part. And he was so right! Chewy granola bars are the best!
These couldn’t be easier to make. You stir together the oats, crispy rice cereal, raisins and chocolate. Then make the honey “glue” that’s going to deliciously hold the bars together and combine it all. Press firmly into a pan and let set for at least a couple of hours.
– You can use dried cranberries in place of raisins.
– You can use white chocolate or milk chocolate in place of the semi-sweet chocolate chunks. Or drizzle the bars once set with melted chocolate!
– You can use maple syrup or even corn syrup (for the least healthy version) in place of honey. I am thinking agave syrup may work too, but don’t hold me to it. If you try it that way – please, leave a comment!
I got 12 bars, 2 inches x 4,5 inches each. I add the chocolate just before pressing the mixture into the pan, so it won’t completely melt from the hot honey mixture. You can also add the chocolate after pressing the bars into the pan, by pressing the chunks into the bars. I find my method much easier. You need to press the mixture quite firmly into the pan so the bars hold together. Also, the honey mixture needs to be cooked just until the sugar dissolves. I recommend setting the timer. For me the magic number was 3 minutes. If the bars are crumbly – cook the mixture a little longer next time. Make sure the cereal are evenly coated with the honey mixture.
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- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2/3 cup light brown sugar
- 3 and 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
- 2 cup crispy rice cereal
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate small chunks or mini chips
- 3/4 cup raisins
Line a 9" x 13" baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Set aside.
In a large bowl, stir together oats, rice cereal and raisins.
Place butter, honey and brown sugar in a medium saucepan.
Bring to boil, stirring occasionally.
Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes, until the sugar dissolves. Stir often.
Take of the heat and stir in vanilla.
Pour the mixture over the cereal. Stir with a wooden spoon or a spatula to coat the cereal evenly.
Scrape the cereal-honey mixture into the pan. Sprinkle with chocolate. Press evenly onto the pan.
Press firmly with a metal spatula.
Let set for at least 2 hour.
Cut into 12 to 14 bars. Wrap bars in parchment paper.
Store in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks.