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!

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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506 Responses to “No-Bake Chocolate Chip Granola Bars {easy & healthy!}”

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    Sally @ sally's baking addiction — March 26, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    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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    Rebekah — March 27, 2012 at 1:29 am

    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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    sarahliann — March 27, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    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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    Jenn — March 27, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    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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    Brandy — March 27, 2012 at 4:41 pm

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

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    jenn scott — March 28, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Do they need to be stored in the fridge?

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    Emily — March 29, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    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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    John Wilson — March 30, 2012 at 6:04 am

    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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    Victoria — March 30, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    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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    Kristyn — March 30, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    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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    kellie — March 31, 2012 at 1:14 am

    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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    Kalai — March 31, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    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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    Lindsey — April 1, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    these are sooo good!!

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    Lara — April 2, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    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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    Bryanna — April 3, 2012 at 2:50 am

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

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    Rochelle — April 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    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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    Natalie — April 4, 2012 at 6:15 am

    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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    Leslie — April 4, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    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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    TC — April 5, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    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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    Cathie — April 9, 2012 at 10:33 pm

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

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    Leslie — April 9, 2012 at 11:01 pm

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

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    Cass — April 10, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    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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    Stephanie — April 11, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    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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    Emma — April 13, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    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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    Jolynn — April 14, 2012 at 2:53 am

    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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    Tiffiny — April 15, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    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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    Christine — April 16, 2012 at 11:50 am

    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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    Samanta — April 17, 2012 at 5:05 pm

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

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    Stephanie — April 18, 2012 at 1:23 am

    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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    Megan — April 18, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    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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    laurie — April 20, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    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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    JW — April 23, 2012 at 6:43 pm
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    Jenn — April 24, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    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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    Miriam — April 25, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    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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    Deanna — April 26, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Look Great but we are trying to stay away from processed sugar. Any substitues for the BSugar? Thanks

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    • Lauren — April 26th, 2012 @ 5:07 pm

      You can buy organic cane sugar and brown sugar that are a little bit less processed but not by much….hmm. Not sure! Sorry!

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    Kristen — April 29, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Laura – Thanks for the recipe! Any thoughts on how they would do in the freezer?

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    Sarah — April 30, 2012 at 1:06 am

    I made these today and they stuck together.. a little too much… it’s almost rock hard. I think I boiled the mixture too much. Also, the taste is o.k., not the best..

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    Tabitha — May 1, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    I have made these twice now and love the easy recipe but they are not staying together…. I have already droped down to 3 tablespoons of butter any other suggestions

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    Pam J. — May 2, 2012 at 12:24 am

    These are so quick to make and very tasty. My husband and I take turns and make these every week. A fun thing to do if you have little one who could help you make these too.

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    Melody Miller — May 6, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    OK, just made these for the second time and this is how I changed them. My husband liked them better than the first time, mainly because I “frosted ” them with melted chocolate the first time and he thought they were too sweet. This is my revised recipe: 3 T. butter, 1 T peanut butter, 2 large marshmellows, 1/4 c. aguave necter, 1/3 c. packed brown sugar. This is the stuff you cook on the stove for 2 minutes. The marshmellows didn’t want to melt as fast as everything else, so I had to smash them a little. Then I added (and you do what you want, I don’t think it matters what the dry stuff is as long as it adds up to 3 cups): 1 c. quick oats, 1/2 c. grapenuts, 1/2 c. flax seeds. I didn’t put any vanilla in as I forgot, but my hubby likes it, so what the heck. Then I just pressed the choco chips onto the mixture after it was in the pan. They are holding up well and pressed well and don’t seem to be crumbly now. We’ll see tomorrow, maybe they will be too hard then.

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    Letitia — May 8, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    I make a similar recipe, but mine has peanut butter instead of butter:: *2 cups 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. Follow the directions above, except let it cool a little and then stir in the chocolate chips prior to pressing well into a lightly buttered 7×11″ cake pan. You can add 1/2 cup raisins, but we don’t really like raisins in granola bars. There are never any leftovers.

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    • Letitia — May 8th, 2012 @ 6:33 pm

      Actually the directions are a little different. Bring the honey and brown sugar to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in the peanut butter and vanilla and then pour over the cereal and stir well. After it cools a little add the mini chocolate chips and then press into a lightly buttered 7×11″ cake pan. Cut when cool (if you can wait that long! My kids are sitting on the counter and waiting for them to be cool enough to handle and don’t care if they fall apart while they are eating them!)

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    Michele — May 14, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    I wonder if you could tell me the shelf life of these. I’m really big into canning and freezing foods, but I’m kinda curious as to how I could make quite a few of these at a time and still have them be tasty and fresh. Any thoughts?
    ~Michele

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    Shar @ Apron Strings & Lima Beans — May 15, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    I’ve been trying to find the perfect granola bar recipe for the last three years and I’ve finally found it with this one! Yay! I make these once a week for a snack for my kids and they go bonkers for them. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Lauren — May 16th, 2012 @ 3:31 am

      So glad you like them!

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    Annatha — May 16, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    I used rolled oats and they still turned out awesome! We also used different types of chips…mint chocolate, mini reeses peices! Thanks for the recipe we tripled it, they are great!

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    am — May 18, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    soooo goood

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    Ashley J — May 21, 2012 at 12:29 am

    I made them with a handful of cheerios and some unsalted peanuts instead of rice bubbles, added some dried apricots and drizzled white chocolate on top (because I didn’t have choc-chips.) Delicious! They didn’t last long. Thank you! I have been looking for a simple muesli bar recipe for a long time.

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    Julia — May 22, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Made these last night added some raisens and put a thin coat of melted dark chocolate on top.
    They turned out really tasty – excellant wont buy shop bough ones now.

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    D. Babineau — May 26, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Amazing! so yummy and delicious! I used a melted chocolate bar as I had no chocolate chips drizzled over top.

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    Jenna — May 29, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I have made these three times…1st batch was awesome – chewy and moist throughout (kinda like a rice krispie treat…no dry spots). 2nd batch came out very dry in the middle – could hardly chew them. 3rd batch came out less dry but still still dry in the middle and definitely not as moist as the first batch. I put them in a ziplock baggie with a slice of bread which is helping. I put slightly less than 1 cup of the the dry ingredients as I thought maybe I had put too much of the dry ingredients in the 2nd batch causing them to be hard. This didnt seem to help much. Now I’m not sure why they are coming out different than the first batch??? Thoughts on this? Will adding more butter or honey help moisten them? Maybe using margarine instead of butter?…

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    Sam — June 4, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    I can’t get them to stick together, is there a trick?

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