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

granola bars final 1Hello 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 1While 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 3See? 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

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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.

 

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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Can I do these without the brown sugar??

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

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  6. 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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  7. Lauren, i’m coming over from erin @ Dinners, Dishes & Desserts. I am saving these to make sometime. I have been on the hunt for a no bake chewy granola bars recipe! PS: I am loving your blog!

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  8. I used quick oats and cooked the butter, honey, brown sugar mixture for at least two minutes (boiling for that long) but mine fell all to pieces. It tastes wonderful, though. I added raisins, almond slivers, and some mixed dried fruit to mine as well. I wonder if the addition of the fruit could be the problem. I think I need more “syrup” but they are sweet enough as is. Maybe if I cook the syrup longer they will stick together better next time. 🙂

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  9. Just made a batch, used coconut oil as butter sub (dairy free child), I am very anxiously waiting for them to cool, will report on the turn out.

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    • sarahliann — March 27th, 2012 @ 4:37 pm

      They turned out awesome! I used about 3T coconut oil instead of butter, used brown puff rice cereal (made the bar a little chewy), added coconut to the oat mix, and melted semisweet baking squares to spread on top (didn’t have any dairy free chips on hand)…I also pressed and pushed them down super hard before chocolate…my picky dairy free child has had two bars already! Finally a sucessful granola bar! (I have had many fails)

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  10. Got this off pinterest and they look so good. Tried it and mine completely crumbled 🙁 However it will make a nice topping to make yogurt 🙂 Thanks for the yummy recipe !!!

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  11. FYI…a double recipe fits perfectly in a 9×13 pan! Delish! Thanks for this.

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  12. Do they need to be stored in the fridge?

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  13. I just found this post and want to try it for a healthy snack for a long – very long – road trip! Has anyone tried making granola bars without heated honey, like maybe adding it last to mix in? I want to use local honey, but if you heat it, it kills all the natural healing/health benefits. The last batch I tried from a different recipe -not heated – just ended up like really chunky granola. It didn’t hold together well. Any suggestions?

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  14. These look yummy. Probably only cost a fraction of what you’d pay for a box of granola bars in the store. Nice and easy like rice crispy treats. Definitely going to have to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Just made them this morning and they are super easy & super yummy! Next batch I think I’ll try some dried fruit like raisins or cranberries. Thanks for the recipe!

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  16. These were delicious! I only had rolled oats on hand, but I gave them a buzz in the food processor to break them down a bit and they worked great. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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  17. These were great! I made them in the evening so my little ones haven’t had them yet, but I ate 2 and they were delicious!! I did change it up a little. I did half butter/half p. butter, used blue agave in place of honey and add some coconut. These are not going to last long. I can’t wait to make more and experiment with the ingredients. Thanks again for sharing the recipe.

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  18. I just made these yesterday and they were amazing!!!! I used the quick cook oats and there was absolutely no problem. I also put it in the “perfect brownie pan” then made sure i pushed down each section after the insert was put in and they firmed up great and were already perfect sized pieces 🙂 They are a little too sweet though and am not sure how to lessen the sugar without taking away from the liquid to bind it all together…
    But they are really the easiest granola bars!

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  19. Found your recipe on a google search for no bake granola bars. We didn’t have any rice crispies in the house so I ended up substituting corn flakes (just crushed them up a little bit) and they came out great! Gotta love a versatile (and forgiving) recipe!

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  20. I made mine ‘mini’ bars.. So I got a batch of 20 @ 87 calories each!! Love it!!

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  21. I made these last night with rolled oats. I just heated up the sauce with the oats to cook them a bit. I quadrupled the recipe (less one cup of oats) and added 3 extra cups of rice crispies (I needed to use them up!) and put them in a sheet cake pan. To make them super tight, I put wax paper over them and rolled them out with my rolling pin. They were a bit sticky so I threw the whole pan in the oven for 10 mins at 350. Which, I know, makes the whole no bake thing a bake thing, but I didnt have quick oats! Anyway, in the fridge overnight after putting on the choc chips and they turned out PERFECT. Good alternative if you don’t have quick oats.

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  22. Made these and they were amazing… I added flax seeds, almond slices, pumpkin seeds, and wheat germ which made them that much more nutritious and amazing!

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  23. Just made these this afternoon and they are a hit. So good! And so easy to make. Who knew that boiling the butter, honey, and brown sugar would make it taste like caramel. Yeeee-um!

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  24. Oh my goodness….sounds so simple! I can’t wait to make these. They look like the 90 cal granola bars that I buy at the store, but these are HOMEMADE! Love it! Thanks for sharing!

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  25. Is there a reason you have to use quick oats? I only ever have rolled and want to try this.

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  26. I just made these and they are delicious! My 5 year old son loves them!

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  27. Hi I want to make these with less sugar can I replace the Butter with Peanut Butter and the Brown sugar with something else? Any advise on what I can use to replace the brown sugar?

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  28. I am excited to try these but I am wondering how they would freeze?? I am sure we could eat them quickly enough but it would be nice to make a bunch extra and freeze them!

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  29. Hi! I tried the recipe and (they are not even finished yet haha) and I already love them, I added about 1/4 or 1/3 cup of peanut butter (thats a lot I know but I really wanted the taste be noticed) in the sugar/butter/honey mix and I tried a bit of the mixture before putting it in the pan, and it was delicious! I also used a musli for the “crispy part” with some cranberries and mixed seeds and it really gave it something extra, and some whole grain. Thank you so much for this recipe. // Emma Swedish baker with a love for oatmeal bars 😉

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  30. Thanks for the great recipe. I used regular oats because I never have quick oats on hand. They stayed together just fine. I made sure they were packed pretty tight. They were a tiny bit crumbly and hard. I think I over cooked the liquid mixture. I am not used to my electric stove I guess. I also doubled the recipe too.

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    • Jolynn — April 14th, 2012 @ 2:56 am

      I was able to cut them into bars but they just aren’t chewy like they probably should be. But it should be an easy fix by not cooking the liquid too long.

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  31. I made these today and they are super easy and SO delicious! Took me about 5 minutes to make. However, I will have to double the recipe next time to make more in a batch.

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  32. These are so good! I’m living in South Korea, sans an oven and good granola bars. I just finished making a batch. They’re a bit sweet but my conversions are a little off since I’m using milliliters instead of cups. I also used Honey Nut Cheerios instead of rice crispies (adding more sweetness…)
    Swapping butter with peanut butter sounds delish. Definitely making these often, next time with Special K!

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  33. I can´t wait to make these for my family! Thanks.

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  34. I love the taste of these! The only problem I have is that I can’t get them to stick together! Once I let them sit for a long time, they totally fall apart. I even put them in the freezer!! What am I doing wrong?

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  35. Just made these this week as snacks for the kids. A hit! We were out of rice crispies, but had some corn chex. They were a little stale, so I crisped them up in the oven for a bit, crushed them, and found they were a fine replacement for the rice crispies. I also added ground flaxseeds and replaced the chocolate chips with dried cranberries. We’ll be doing this again, with more variations. Thanks!

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  36. I made these this afternoon and they really are that quick and delicious!

    I also lined my pan with wax paper which made it super easy to remove, and no dirty pan to clean.

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  37. I just made these and they are so much better than store bought ones. I added some mini marshmallows to half of them along with the mini chips and those turned out good as well. Quick and easy to make just as the recipe indicates!

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  38. These were so easy to make and the family loved them. Nice treat to have at the end of the day without feeling so guilty.

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