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

granola bars final 1 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.
granola bars 1 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.
granola bars 2  Remove the hot mixture, stir in some vanilla and pour over the dry ingredients.
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Stir to coat them all evenly.
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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.
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Once the bars are cool, slice into bars and that’s it!
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Hello my pretties!
granola bars final 3 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!

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No-Bake Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Healthier and cheaper than the store bought kind!

Yield: 10 bars Prep Time: 2 hours including cooling time Cook Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

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:

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.

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.

 

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416 Comments

  1. Mine would not stick together for all there worth either, so I popped them in the oven for a few minutes, I dont think I boiled the mixture long enough:(

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  2. These look fantastic and I love that they are no-bake! Yum!

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  3. I made these today with a few changes and they are amazing! Thanks for a great recipe. :)

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  4. These look just like the ones my mom used to buy me as a kid … but I am sure they are MUCH healthier homemade, and tastier too!

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  5. These are wonderful! So easy and delicious!! The first time I followed the recipe exactly and they were awesome – my family ate them all in 1 day. The next time I added 1/3 cup peanut butter to the cooked mixture after I took it off the stove ( just stirred until incorporated ) then put peanut butter chips AND chocolate chips on top and they are DIVINE! Wonderful recipe! Thank you!

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  6. Wow! My family is always asking for me to make snacks they can take along on skiing adventures – these definitely fit the bill! Must. Try. Today.

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  7. Kids and the husband loved them! I will be adding some PB next time.

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  8. Looks delicious!! Plan to make soon; can you suggest a substitution for the crispy rice cereal? THANKS! :)

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    • Lauren — February 1st, 2012 @ 8:07 pm

      I’d say more oats or nuts and coconut!

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  9. Just visited your site today for the first time. I’ll be making these–for sure!–along with your 9-layer dip! Thanks so much for the recipes! : )

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  10. Love these! I passed the recipe along to a good friend of mine who has been searching for a homemade alternative to her husband’s Quaker chocolate chip granola bar habit 😉 I think these will definitely fit the bill!

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    • Lauren — February 1st, 2012 @ 10:55 pm

      Thanks, Michelle!

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  11. Thanks for the recipe, they are cooling now. Love that they are honey and butter since my son who is a chocolate chip granola bar addict can’t bring anything with peanut butter in them and most recipies call for peanut butter.

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  12. Can I omit the rice krispies? I can’t seem to find ones without high fructose corn syrup. Do I use more oats?

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    • Ang — March 3rd, 2013 @ 11:00 am

      I was wondering the same thing.
      Also, can we use less honey?

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  13. These look yummy but why are you calling these “healthy?”

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    • Lauren — February 4th, 2012 @ 2:09 am

      Because they don’t have a million preservatives in them like the ones at the store. You know exactly what is in them. If you cut out some of the sugar, honey and butter, they become low cal too.

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  14. I found you via. pintrest! They look and taste identical to the expensive organic Cascadia ones at the store that my husband loves!!!! Thank you for saving out pocket book!

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  15. I’m sure these won’t last very long in my house,however,what is the shelf life for these yummy looking granola bars? I am thinking of tripling the recipe for my nephews as well as my kiddos. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Can’t wait to try it! 😀

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    • Lauren — February 4th, 2012 @ 11:22 pm

      I’d day up to two weeks if you have them wrapped well!! Assuming they last that long… :)

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  16. Just pinned a few days ago and made them two days ago. will blog it and link back to here. i think my past candy making added to my success. not the packing down hard, but knowing how to read the candy (honey and sugar and butter).

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  17. WOW! These came out fabulous. I made them exactly as the recipe stated. They were a little too sweet though (I know, who says that?). What can I reduce (sugar or honey) to make them a little less sweet without risking that they fall apart?

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  18. Made these tonight and they are AWESOME. So easy to make, I had
    all the ingredients. Will not be buying boxed granola bars anymore!!

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  19. Thank you for the great recipe!!! I made mine into Lactation bars using brewers yeast and extra thick rolled oats I also added flaxseed meal, dried cranberries and white chocolate chips…

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  20. I tried this today and it was a hit!

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  21. Made these and they are amazing!! Sweet and yummy and soooooo easy!! I added chopped pecans.
    Love all the recipes I’ve tried from your blog Lauren!!

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  22. Oh emm gee! These are one of the most fantastic things I’ve ever made. I followed the directions exactly (no on the fly changes for this novice cook) and they came out awesome!!! I will definitely be making a MUCH bigger batch this weekend!

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  23. Just made them & we’ll see how they turn out. SO quick & easy. Probably would add the choc chips to the oats/rice krispies so they disperse a little more evenly.

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  24. These look absolutely delicious and simple enough for me to make; double score! Just found your blog via pinterest, I can’t wait to check out some more of your blog and recipes. Have a blessed day, and thanks for sharing.

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  25. These look great! Do you think I could use oil instead of butter (safflower or canola)? Thanks!

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  26. Just made this today and they are almost gone! The boys loved them! I used old fashioned oats and they were still perfect. Thanks for so many great recipes, Lauren. I love the fact that I have most of the ingredients in my pantry!!!

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  27. Thanks for this TOTally easy recipe! I tweaked it to make it gluten free by using brown crispy rice cereal and GF oats (bob’s redmill). I also used coconut oil instead of butter (now dairy free!) – DELISH!

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  28. i made them today.they also did not stick together,but kids did not care.they were happy either way.i felt like it needed more *liquid*.
    thank you for great recipe.it was my 1st time making granola bars.

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  29. Hi there! I made these today YUM! I did however take the suggestion to cook the sugar/butter/honey mix longer, I boiled for and extra 2min and they turned out perfect! Thank you for this simple and tasty recipe.
    Kim

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  30. oh btw i pressed them into a greased 8×8 pan and cut into 12 bars right in the pan using my pizza wheel! hope this helps

    Kim

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  31. This was really easy and fast! I replaced the rice krispies with Cheerios, chocolate chips with raisins and most virtuous of all – coconut oil instead of butter. I must say I was a little surprised by how good it tasted! Thank you!

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  32. BEST HOMEMADE GRANOLA BAR EVER.

    I’ve tried lots of homemade granola bar recipes, only to end up with a crumbly mess on my hands. This granola bar is PERFECT.

    Thank you!! :)
    tina

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    • Lauren — February 22nd, 2012 @ 10:11 pm

      I wish I could like this comment a million times! :) Thanks, friend! So glad you liked them!

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  33. Lauren, just wanted to thank you for the awesome recipe (found you through Pinterest). I have made these several times, playing around with the recipe on occasion and ALWAYS loving the result. I even used heart-shaped cutters to make Valentine’s treats for my LO’s friends and classmates – big hit! You’ve helped our household weather our oven-less existence 😀

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    • Lauren — February 23rd, 2012 @ 8:32 pm

      So glad you like them!!

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  34. I just finished making these bars. They are one of the first “make at home” granola bars that I LOVE! Next time I’ll have to make them a bit thicker as they are little bit crumbly. To press them down, I laid a sheet of wax paper on top and pressed away, worked perfectly!

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    • Lauren — February 23rd, 2012 @ 8:30 pm

      Great idea!

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  35. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Our family loves granola bars, but we have a little one who has a peanut allergy and can’t eat most of the store-bought ones. I don’t know why I didn’t think to try to make my own! Thanks for the recipe – I can’t wait to try this.

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  36. I made these today! They were great! I tweaked it just a bit, use sliced almonds substituted corn syrup for the honey and put some chips in the bars also! I am going to try butterscotch chip. My kids want Coconut and chocolate and almonds! I also made homemade cleaners for you site also today! Thanks for the bars. I will be making these in some fashion form now on!

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  37. My family LOVES these granola bars! As a family on a budget (like most!) these are a wonderful and delicious alternative to buying the ones in the box! Thanks, Lauren!!!!!!!!

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  38. I found this through pinteredt and boy am I did! I tried so many different granola bar recopied and they have always crumbled. This is the first recipie that has ever stayed together so nicely. I have little boy with a peanut allergy and u have never found granola bars at the store that are peanut free. I think next time I wil some cranberries in them. Thank.you!

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  39. would it be ok to add dried cranberries in the bars?

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    • Lauren — March 5th, 2012 @ 4:39 am

      Of course! Make it your own!

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  40. hi, I tried making them today, with no luck, they are so crumbly. My sister made them too and the same happened. What could have been wrong? and how can we fix them??
    the look delicious though…

    thank you!

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    • Lauren — March 7th, 2012 @ 4:36 am

      try boiling the mixture an extra minute! That should do it!

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  41. I also found your blog through pinterest yesterday. I made these today.
    I added peanuts and I substituted Chocolate chips for M&Ms. :) They were so easy and delicious!

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  42. haven’t made these yet, but i went to buy the ingredients and found gluten free rice krispies which are made with brown rice. looking forward to these!

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  43. 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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  44. 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!

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  45. Can I do these without the brown sugar??

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  46. 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

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  47. I love granola bars but would rather have something homemade…these are the ticket.

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  48. what would be a good sub for the honey i hate using it in the house with a baby….thank you

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