If you have been around our house then you probably know about these granola bars. They are chewy, sweet, and oh so good! Over the years, I’ve had several family members and friends ask for this recipe. I’m not always the best at remembering to share recipes, but now I won’t have to. Everyone can just find it here now! 🙂
I came across this recipe a few years ago when I went on a hunt to make homemade granola bars. My kids always liked the chewy granola bars you can buy at the store, but I wanted to find a replacement for those. Over the years I have played around with this recipe and have tweaked it several times. I am happy with the results, and I love knowing exactly what my kids are eating. By making these at home we are able to avoid all of the extra processed junk found in a lot of store bought granola bars. My kids absolutely love these granola bars, and are bummed when we are out!
Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
- Yield: 16 bars
Add brown rice cereal, oats, shredded coconut, and salt to a large bowl, and stir together.
Melt butter in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Add in the honey and coconut sugar. Stir until combined, and then leave alone until it starts to bubble. Once you see bubbles forming around the outside of the pan, start a timer and cook for 2 minutes. Cooking more than 2 minutes 10 seconds will leave your bars too hard. Off heat stir in vanilla. Be careful because it will bubble!
Pour this mixture over the oat mixture, and stir to combine. Use a spatula to make sure you get all of the butter mixture out of the sauce pan. Stir until all oat mixture is equally covered with the butter mixture. This may take a minute or two. Let this mixture cool for about 8-10 minutes before moving on to the next step.
While the mixture is cooling, prepare your 9×9 pan. Do this by making a foil sling or line with parchment paper. If using a foil sling, grease lightly. After the mixture has cooled for about 8 minutes, add in your chocolate chips.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan, and press firmly. If you don’t press firmly enough then your bars will not hold together as well.
Put the pan in the refrigerator to cool even more (about 18-20 minutes), and then cut to size. I usually cut mine into 16 bars.
- Wrap each bar in saran wrap, and store in refrigerator. These can also be stored in the pantry, but I prefer the fridge.
* Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars: add 2 tbsp. peanut butter when adding the vanilla to the butter mixture. Add 1/4 – 1/2 cup peanut butter chips when adding the mini chocolate chips.
Recipe adapted from My Kitchen Escapades