No-Bake Chocolate Chip Granola Bars {easy & healthy!}

No Bake Chocolate Chip Granola Bars are THE BEST and easiest way to make granola bars! Plus, they’re cheaper and healthier than the store bought kind!

No Bake Chocolate Chip Granola Bars... Simple to make and healthier and cheaper than the store bought kind!

Hello Friday. Boy have I missed you.

Guys, I have found THE BEST and easiest way to make granola bars on this sweet planet earth. I found a link on Pinterest to a recipe that had been adapted from Rachael Ray. So, I followed the trail along and found the original recipe….which I then adapted myself {you must have seen that coming…} to be healthier and to use what I had in my cupboards. 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 do: In a small saucepan, heat up some butter, honey and brown sugar over medium high heat. Stir it together and let it bubble for 2 minutes. You want all the brown sugar granules to dissolve.No Bake Chocolate Chip Granola Bars... Simple to make and healthier and cheaper than the store bought kind!
While that is doin’ it’s thang, pour 2 cups of oats into a bowl with 1 cup of rice krispies. The original recipe calls for 2 cups of granola, but I didn’t have any. Granola can be pretty high cal stuff, so I was happy to use the straight up oats.No Bake Chocolate Chip Granola Bars... Simple to make and healthier and cheaper than the store bought kind!
Remove the hot mixture, stir in some vanilla and pour over the dry ingredients.No Bake Chocolate Chip Granola Bars... Simple to make and healthier and cheaper than the store bought kind!

Stir to coat them all evenly.No Bake Chocolate Chip Granola Bars... Simple to make and healthier and cheaper than the store bought kind!

Press firmly into a lightly greased small jelly roll pan {I used this one}. I wanted my bars to be a little thicker, so I pushed them into one side. Sprinkle with a few mini chocolate chips and cool on the counter for an hour or so.No Bake Chocolate Chip Granola Bars... Simple to make and healthier and cheaper than the store bought kind!

Once the bars are cool, slice into bars and that’s it!No Bake Chocolate Chip Granola Bars... Simple to make and healthier and cheaper than the store bought kind!

Hello my pretties!No Bake Chocolate Chip Granola Bars... Simple to make and healthier and cheaper than the store bought kind!
See? Now wasn’t that so easy? Feel free to add in any spices or other add-ins that you like. Raisins, nuts, maple syrup, flax seeds, cinnamon, butterscotch chips, coconut, agave, craisins, citrus zest, the list goes on. And, it’s all super healthy! Love it!

Recipe tips & links

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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. The goal is to boil it 45 seconds to 1 minute. That should set you up for success!

Also, be sure to pack the granola bars in tight to your baking sheet. I use a quarter sheet pan and it works perfectly! Just grease it well.

Also, spraying a glass liquid measuring cup with nonstick cooking spray before measuring your honey will help it not become a big sticky mess!

All plastic/silicone rubber scrapers are also great for this recipe! (The cheapest one I found online was at Home Depot!! Haha!! Check it out here.)

Be sure to check out the peanut butter version of these granola bars here.

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No-Bake Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Healthier and cheaper than the store bought kind!

Yield: 10 bars

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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

Directions:

  1. 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. 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.
  2. Recipe 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.

Adapted from a recipe from Rachael Ray.

No Bake Chocolate Chip Granola Bars... Simple to make and healthier and cheaper than the store bought kind!

 

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  1. These look simple and perfect!! Totally going to adapt these to be dairy-free for my boys’!

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    • Becky, I make some that are similar, but without the butter: 2 cups crispy rice cereal, 1 1/2 cups quick oats, 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup honey, 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips. The directions are the almost the same, except bring the brown sugar and honey to a boil, remove from heat and stir in the peanut butter. I usually let it cool a bit, add the mini chips, and then spread into a buttered 9×13″ cake pan. You can also add 1/2 cup raisins, but my children and grandchildren don’t care for raisins in them. There are NEVER any left over.

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      • I followed your recipe and they came out great (we are a huge PB + chocolate family!) Only change i made was I used 2 cups quick cooking oats and 1 ½ cups crispy rice cereal, because I had followed the original ingredient list first. Thank you!

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      • Thanks for the PB alternative! My next step is to see if any raw sugars can substitute for the brown sugar. I didn’t have chocolate chips, so I took a dark chocolate bar and melted it over half of the bars, and the other half I put toffee bits for one of my daughters. They were delicious!!

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      • Lindsey,
        I didn’t do the pb alternative, but the recipe above on the blog. I used sucanat in place of the brown sugar and it worked great!

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  2. This sounds a bit like what I would call a flapjack – I don’t know if you have flapjacks in the US? They’re super delicious though and this looks a lot healthier than the ones I usually make!

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    • Flapjacks in the states are pancakes. Not quite the same! 🙂

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    • My husband is British and he introduced me to flapjacks. In the US we don’t have British flapjacks but these are probably as close as you will get. Similar. Both yummy.

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    • My English Mom makes flapjacks all the time, and has absolutely no recipe they turn out differently every time but are always really good 🙂

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      • I bake that way all the time! My family (especially my mom) hate it! I can never reproduce things! haha. I’m trying to get better about writing stuff down.

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    • i LOVE flapjack. This is close, but not quite the same. I’d love to see your flapjack recipe if you have one!

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  3. These are very similar to the granola bars that I make, but I use peanut butter instead of butter. They are so yummy and they don’t stick around for long! I love, love, love your site, Lauren!

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    • Oh, I’ll have to try THAT! YUM!

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  4. this looks so good Lauren. I’m loving these recipes. I have to make homemade granola. I know Granola can be pretty high cal, can’t be fooled. I think i’ll add granola and oats, skip the rice krispies, will that work??

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    • I think it should work just fine.

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  5. Does it need to be quick oats or regular?

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    • I used quick oats–the ones that are smaller than regular rolled oats.

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      • Thank you!

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  6. We are going to have to try these this weekend. 🙂

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  7. Delicious and Simple – – those chocolate chips seal the deal! Great recipe 🙂

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  8. Yep, baking these this weekend! Love this recipe!

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    • More like No baking these this weekend : )

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  9. Lauren,
    Wondering if you could use Agave instead of the honey? Also, does anyone have a calorie count? Thanks, making.

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    • You could plug in the recipe at Sparkrecipes.com – they have a recipe calculator that breaks all the nutritional info for you.

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      • They are about 195 calories per bar if you cut this into 8.

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    • I’ve used agave instead of honey. They tasted a bit sweet but my husband said they were the best bars he’s ever had…and he eats a lot of them. I did notice they were really crumbly so not sure if it’s my proportions or the agave or the use of granola but I’m determined to continue to make them til they are just right!

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  10. OH I can see this going into lunches bags this coming week!! What about toasting the oatmeal for a slightly nutty flavor?

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    • LOVE that idea!! You could do that with some coconut too and some nuts, give the whole thing a nice toasty flavor!

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  11. These look great! I will be trying them soon.

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  12. YUM! Can’t wait to make these with my girls! About how long can you store them for?

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  13. Oh and they look nice and chewy too which I love for a granola bar.

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  14. This is great! My sons would love it if I made these seeing as I only give in occasionally to buying chewy granola bars at the store. They devour them for breakfasts and snacks.

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  15. Yum!! I love granola bars, especially the homemade kind. 🙂 I just wish I had rice krispies on hand now! Darn it…

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    • I didn’t have rice krispies on hand either. I used puffed wheat.

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      • I was wondering how they would turn out with a puffed rice or puffed quinoa or something.. maybe in addition to the oats and crispy rice.. how did they turn out? Did it add to the chew? That’s what I’d be going for..

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        • Isn’t crispy rice cereal {rice krispies} the same thing as puffed rice or is there a difference? And, puffed quinoa? I must find that!!

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      • I made these twice in the last week, and doubled it each time – kids loved it so much! I replaced the rice krispies with quinoa puffs, BUT make sure to use a little less quinoa puffs seeing that they are way smaller than the rice krispies. Doubling the recipe, it worked perfectly when I used 1.5 cups of quinoa puffs instead of 2 cups of rice krispies.

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    • I had no rice crispies so I used rice chex. it was delish

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  16. OH MY I cannot wait to make these for my girls and for myself (my husband probably won’t touch them, which is fine cause it’s more for ME)!!! These look fabulously easy and delish! Thanks for the post!!!!

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  17. I made these today and they’ve been cooling for 2 hours but they’re not bars…they still crumble. They don’t stick together at all. What did I do wrong? I used regular oats. Is that what you used?

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    • I’d try reducing the butter by 1 tablespoon and boiling it for an extra minute. Sorry they didn’t set up for you! I had to pack mine in pretty tight, almost like making rice krispie treats–maybe try pressing them down more next time too. Bummer!

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      • I’ll try that. This is my first attempt at homemade granola bars so I just wasn’t sure what happened. The mixture is definitely yummy, though! I’ve managed to eat quite a bit of it despite how mine turned out :-). I’ll try it again with your suggestions!

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      • I made these today and had the same problem. They taste amazing but will not stick together. They’ve now cooled for 2 hours and I’m pushing them down harder. I used regular oats as well. I wonder if that is the problem too! I’ll keep packing and let you know after a few hours if there is anything left to cut! 😉 Thanks Lauren!

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        • nope, they never stuck together. i even let them sit on the counter uncovered all night and they are so sticky that i can’t get a nice bar cut. will try again with the other oats. they still taste great!

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          • Up a bit in a comment, she clarifies that she used quick oats. I bet that would be the problem.

          • Absolutely the problem, you must use quick oats… I had the same crumbling problem with some cookies I made with regular oats (not thinking there was much of a difference…)- they’ll only work if you use QUICK oats…

    • do you know if these would still turn out delish if I used coconut oil instead of butter?

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      • I think it should still work!

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      • I used coconut oil and regular rolled oats with the addition of sliced almonds. Turned out fabulous! I did make sure to cook the mixture to soft ball stage, easy way to test is drop a little in some cold water, should ball up into a little chewy mass.

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    • I add marshmallows to the butter and delete the honey. They stick together nicely

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      • How many marshmallows did you add? That sounds better than using honey because I found them too sweet this way.

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    • I use regular oats all the time. You probably didn’t boil the sugar mixture long enough, that is the tricky part. Google soft ball stage and watch dune videos on you tube, then you’ll know when to pull the mixture off the stove.

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  18. These were great. I used an 8×8 pan but will double next time for a 9×13. Kids loved them. Will add some different flavors next time. Really thrilled with how easy it was and how good they were. Will cook butter mixture an extra minute next time just so it sets a little firmer. Thank you!!

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  19. Very easy to make this GLUTEN FREE too!

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    • That’s why this recipe caught my eye! Going to make them for my wheat free, peanut/tree nut free daughter. She’s 5 and has never had a granola bar. I hope she likes them. 🙂

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  20. Lauren,
    Ok, level with me, sister. Do these really cut into neat bars??? I mean, REALLLY. Because I’ve made several granola bar recipes from blogs (even several famous bloggers with cookbooks!!) only to have a crumbly mess on my hands. If I wanted granola, I would make granola. I want a portable granola BAR.
    So I’m looking at these and they look delicious. But if I cut into bars and wrap in plastic for a lunch box, are they going to stay?
    Sorry to be so bossy and demanding and accusatory. I love ya!
    Much love & kisses,
    Christina

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    • Yes….I made these today..delicious! I did exchange peanut butter for the butter…and they cut into bars perfectly…my kids and I love them…in fact I had 2 for lunch! 😉 When I added the hot mixture to the dry…it seemed very crumbly and I was doubtful…but once I started pressing them into the pan..they really stuck together! Press firmly..really pack them in there!

      Thanks for a fabulous recipe!

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      • how much peanut butter did you use? and did you boil it the same with the peanut butter instead of butter? wanna try peanut butter, then some with nuts, maybe some with blue berries, though I would probably have to dry them first…

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        • Never tried it with peanut butter….try subbing out 1/2 the butter for peanut butter and boil everything together.

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  21. I used to eat these type of granola bars like crazy. I was addicted. I made a version of these but they didn’t look quite and neat and perfect. Yours look delicious!

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  22. I’m definitely going to try these! My husband loves the store bought chocolate chip granola bars but I’ve never found a good homemade recipe,until now. 🙂

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  23. What a simple and delicious looking recipe! I’ve been looking for a good granola recipe for awhile and this definitely looks like one I’m going to try.

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  24. These look lovely and delicious Lauren and you had me on No Bake!.. I just have one question.. Can you tell how many calories would there be in each bar and is it ok to have these while on a low calorie diet?

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  25. I like your stuff! Easy and good. Tks.

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  26. Do these cut easily?? do you have to wait for it to cool completely before you cut them?? am making these.. and might put in some seeds and nuts and not forget the chocolate chips!! :))

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  27. Yum! I just made granola bars too, and am suddenly seeing them all over the place – who knew I was on trend (first time ever :)) These look like perfect store bought granola bars!

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  28. Genius!!! So simply and perfect. The ingredients are pantry staples. Only difference is I will use splenda brown sugar and agave instead of honey. Thanks for sharing!

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  29. I saw these on pinterest! I like your recipe even better…I need to make these!

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  30. just bookmarked this to try soon!

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  31. Can I tell you how much I spend on granola bars a month?? My kids LOVE them in their lunches & as an afternoon snack. I’m sooo excited to make these!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  32. I chanced upon this from Pinterest, and came here to check it out! I been wanting to make granola bars for a while, and I love how simple this recipe is. Will be trying it out soon. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  33. Hmm…..I wonder how one would make these high fiber?

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    • You can stir in some wheat germ or a few bran flakes in place of some of the oats, maybe. Never done that before….good luck!

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      • I don’t see why a little ground flax or some chia seeds would a problem to add in! It’ll give you more protein, too. I might back down on the crispy rice a little though… OR make sure to use crispy BROWN rice cereal! Definitely more fiber there! Oh, now look what you’ve done! I’ll be making these today…..’cause I have to play with this idea!

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  34. Looks good but not super healthy 😉

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  35. Yum! I love homemade granola bars and these look so perfect!

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  36. I made a batch the other day and between myself, husband and two year old we ate them all. I made another batch today, and put 1 Tablespoon of peanut butter in the butter mixture. Wow. Amazing, thank you for the great recipe, I will make these again and again.

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    • GREAT idea with the pb!! Mmmmm….

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  37. A total homerun! They were terrific! Thank you!

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  38. Just found your blog through Pinterest tonight and I love it!

    This recipe looks great. I love finding recipes that are healthy and yummy!

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    • I JUST made these…. I was SUPER worried that they weren’t going to mix as when I added the liquid to the dry it still VERY dry. But I kept on mixing as if my life depended on it, accidentally started too quick and burnt my finger too LOL :). They are currently in the fridge cooling and I really hope they turn out well because hubby eats the store ones too fast and I don’t like buying them all that often, he would eat a box a day if the kids didn’t snatch some first! Now we wait a half an hour…. la dee da!

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