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Chewy No Bake Granola Bars

I’ve posted a recipe here at New Nostalgia for Homemade Granola bars that I like, but I’ve been wanting one that is less dense and more gooey and chewy.  I found what I was looking for thanks to Allison at AllinSon!
They are easy, they make a whole 9×13 pan full, and my kids love ’em!  They are on the sweet side, but that is what I was looking for, something that tasted sweet but with some fiber and wholesome goodness along with it.  These pass for dessert around our house, and that makes me very happy!

{I used Chia Seeds in mine, read more below}

 Chewy No Bake Granola Bars

  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar (I used Sucanat)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2-1/2 cups oats or leftover granola
  • 1/2 cup total of the following ingredients: wheat germ {about 1/4 cup}, ground flax seeds {about 2 tablespoons} and whole flax seeds {about 2 tablespoons}.  Or substitute with more oatmeal, rice cereal, or nuts. 
  • 1/2 cup Craisins 
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds (I used sunflower seeds)
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (didn’t use, I was out)
  • *I added 2 Tbls Chia seeds
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar with the honey and butter. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, then lower the heat to medium-low and simmer until the sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, except for the chocolate chips, to the saucepan and fold the ingredients to evenly coat with the sauce. Transfer the granola mixture to a 9-by-13-inch ungreased baking pan and press firmly to evenly fill. Gently press the chocolate chips onto the top of the granola. Let the granola mixture set in the fridge until firm, about 15 minutes, then cut into 2-1/4-by 3-inch bars.
  3. Store in the fridge.

These seem very flexible as far as ingredients go.  I want to add some cinnamon next time and maybe try a peanut butter version.  The recipe is GREAT just how it is, too!

A little bit about:

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds and I are becoming fast friends.  Why?
~the are jammed packed with protein and minerals and healthy fats and fiber
~they provide more plant based Omega 3’s than any other food, even FLAX
~they have 5 GRAMS of fiber PER TABLESPOON!
~they are flavorless and dissolve in juice, soups, stews, shakes etc..
~they are FILLING!


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The Recipe Search for Chewy Chocolate Bars

I’ve been on the lookout for a gooey, chewy granola bar recipe. I checked out some of my favorite sites, and I should have known Heavenly Homemaker’s has been on the same hunt. She, too, wanted one with no corn syrup, and of course, she came up with one. It is one I really want to try again so I can do it right and experience her true recipe, but oh my, am I glad I messed it up because the concoction it made was DELISH!


Two Amazing Recipes for Chewy No-Bake Bars

So you can experience both, I will give you my “oh so good, messed up version”, then I will post her chewy granola bar recipe. I’ll try it again soon and can’t wait. I tasted the mixture after adding the oats and before adding the last cup of my “combination” and it was peanut buttery goodness.


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Homemade Granola Bars

I have wanted to make homemade granola bars for quite awhile now.  I just can’t stand how expensive they are at the stores, and so full of hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup or sugar!  I’ve seen several recipes for granola bars, but I am not sure I will need to try any others out after tasting these! They were very easy to make, made a big batch, and tasted super yummy.  They are great for the lunch box or an after school snack!

I found the recipe at Kitchen Stewardship.  I will need to continue to look around and find more recipes on her blog, she earned my trust with this one recipe!

Homemade Granola Bars
41/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup butter, softened* (I did 1/4 c butter and 1/4 c peanut butter. YUM! I’d like to try coconut oil instead of butter in my next batch)
1 cup honey (I used 3/4 cup, +1/4 cup water, then added 1/2 cup dried cranberries and 1/2 cup chocolate chips for more sweetness)

Add-ins: 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1 cup chopped walnuts, dried fruit, sunflower seeds, coconut etc)

Lightly butter a 9×13 inch pan.
In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and honey together first, then add all ingredients except add-ins.  Beat hard until combined.  Stir in add-ins.  Press mixture into the pan, really press so the bars don’t fall apart. (I used my hands).
Bake 325 degrees for 25 minutes until golden brown.  Let it cool at least 10 minutes before cutting into bars.  Let it cool completely in the pan before removing and serving.
This recipe makes at least 20 good-sized bars, which as Kitchen Stewardship said, “might be equivalent of 3 boxes of Quaker chewy bars.  Even though butter and honey are on the pricey side, it still works out to be nicely frugal”

More thoughts from Kitchen Stewardship below:


  • Add 1/4 cup cocoa powder and skip the chocolate chips
  • Use 1/2 cup natural peanut butter in place of 1/2 cup of butter (tried this today – it is divine!)
  • The honey flavor is very distinct in this recipe, but when using peanut butter, it almost disappears.  I’m wondering if PB is sweet enough that I can cut out some honey and just use water instead.  ??
  • Crumbs in the bottom of the storage bag?  So yummy over homemade yogurt with fresh fruit.

this post is linked to:
Tasty Tuesday Parade Of Foods @ Balancing Beauty and Bedlam
Show and Tell Wednesdays @ Blue Cricket Designs
Real Food Wednesdays @ Cheeseslave