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Simple, Soft and Chewy Granola Bars Recipe

A simple, soft and chewy granola bars recipe that’s delicious as-is or can be adapted based on your favorite dried fruits, nuts or chocolate. Jump to the Granola Bar recipe now or read on to see how we make them.

We have a history with granola bars. A while back, we shared a cooking failure. The subject was granola bars. They tasted great, but fell apart. So, we sort of gave up and moved on with the thought that one day, we would be ready to give them another shot.

After two years, we’ve picked up where we left off and have now figured out how to make these simple, soft and chewy granola bars. We’re in love. They taste great, are incredibly easy to make and they absolutely do not fall apart (see our tips below).

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This Recipe is Flexible

We’ve made these many times now and every time, they’ve been just a little bit different.

Chewy Granola Bars Recipe

Here, you see whole almonds, dried cranberries and mini chocolate chips. We’ve also used dried cherries, apricots and unsweetened coconut. We’re even thinking about adding pistachios next time.

The possibilities are endless — all you need to know is the base. Oats, butter, honey and brown sugar. After that, add what you like.

Chewy Granola Bar Recipe

Tips for Making the Bars

  • After a few tries, we’ve found that it’s really important to press the granola mixture into the pan. We’ve actually spent about a minute pressing before — the harder and longer you press, the less chance you’ll end up with granola instead of granola bars.
  • The honey and brown sugar really helps with keeping the bars together. Chocolate chips added to the mixture help, too. We add some to the granola mixture while it is still warm. You might notice some of the chocolate melts — this is totally okay, it acts as extra glue, holding the bars together. After that, we add more chocolate chips to the top — these don’t melt.
  • Finally, we like to refrigerate the granola mixture for about 2 hours. This hardens everything and makes it easy to cut the granola mixture into bars. Right out of the refrigerator the bars will be hard since they are cold. Leave them out for an hour and they will warm to room temperature and become a little softer and chewy.
  • The bars keep at room temperature for about 1 week (if they last that long). Just make sure they are tightly covered or sealed in a container.

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Recipe updated, originally posted March 2013. Since posting this in 2013, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear and added a quick recipe video. – Adam and Joanne

Simple, Soft and Chewy Granola Bars Recipe

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These granola bars are so much better than what you can by at the store, especially since you can substitute for your favorite dried fruit or nuts. While these are very simple to make, there is a 2-hour wait for the bars to firm up enough to cut. Feel free to add your favorite dried fruit, nuts or chocolate to these – it’s completely up to you. Since we use a 1/3 cup of honey, we like to splurge on higher quality honey.

Makes 12 bars

You Will Need

2 1/2 cups (230 grams) old fashioned rolled oats

1/2 cup (80 grams) whole almonds, coarsely chopped

1/3 cup (113 grams) honey

1/4 cup (56 grams) unsalted butter, cut into pieces

1/4 cup (50 grams) packed light brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 cup (60 grams) dried cranberries, coarsely chopped

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (65 grams) mini chocolate chips

Directions

  • Toast Oats and Nuts
  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line bottom and sides of a 8-inch or 9-inch square pan with aluminum foil. Then lightly oil or spray with cooking spray.

    Add oats and almonds to a small baking sheet then bake 5 minutes, stir and bake another 3 to 5 minutes until lightly toasted. Transfer to a large bowl.

    • Make Bars
    • Combine butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla extract and the salt in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally until butter melts and the sugar completely dissolves.

      Pour butter mixture in to bowl with toasted oats and almonds. Mix well. Let cool about 5 minutes then add cranberries and a 1/4 cup of the mini chocolate chips. Stir to combine. (The chocolate chips will most likely melt a little. This is fine, they turn into glue and help to hold the bars together).

      Transfer oat mixture to lined pan then use a rubber spatula or damp finger tips to firmly press the mixture into the pan. (Press hard here, this way the bars will stay together once cooled and cut — We press for about one minute to be extra safe).

      Scatter remaining 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips over pressed granola mixture then use a rubber spatula to gently press them into the top. Cover then refrigerate at least 2 hours. Remove block of granola mixture from pan then peel away aluminum foil. Cut into 12 bars.

      Store bars in an airtight container for up to one week. For the softest bars, keep at room temperature. For slightly harder bars, store in the fridge.

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AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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479 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Kawai June 25, 2017, 2:04 pm

    Tried it exactly from recipe first. Great but not that healthy. Second try substituted butter with coconut oil and opted for additional dried fruit instead of chocolate chips. Instead of a square pan I thought it would be neat pressing them in a mini-muffin tray. Worked great!

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  • LaToria Bolling June 6, 2017, 11:51 am

    I’ve been looking for a granola bar recipe, I’m going to try this. I have a severe allergy to nuts so I will have to omit the nuts. I will try different dried fruits. Thanks for this recipe.

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  • Misty May 29, 2017, 2:57 pm

    These have got to be the most amazing bars I have ever eaten! They are more like dessert, heaven made from granola bars with every bite. I add all sorts of different ingredients with each recipe. They are huge hit, I found this recipe a month ago and just finished making them for the fourth Time! Yummmmmmy😄 Thank you thank you thank you muchos muchly!💗

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  • Jennifer Mackay May 25, 2017, 7:37 am

    Made them other week for my kids granda kids went down a Strom asked make again so easy

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  • Monica May 22, 2017, 2:03 pm

    These are so tasty! And the recipe is very easy to play around with for trying out new flavor combinations. We started out making them just like the recipe, then added in peanut butter, I got some puffed millet for some extra crunch and that is good too. Sometimes we use different nuts or dried fruit too. This week’s batch had caramel bits instead of chocolate, and dried apple pieces! We love this and it’s pretty easy to make.

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  • Karolina May 17, 2017, 11:55 am

    Those bars are absolutely amazing!!! As well as the original recipe, I substituted coconut oil for butter the second time (I like to eat vegan and wanted to share with my husband 😛 ), added figs, goji berries and all kinds of nuts and it was amazing. (I don’t put chocolate chips)
    I believe no matter what you put in, these bars will turn out to be absolutely fabulous.THANK YOU! The best recipe.

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  • Jane April 27, 2017, 1:59 pm

    Very delicious. Thank you for the recipe! It is one of the best homemade snacks to take it on the way.

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  • Tiffany at Weird Little French Cookie April 14, 2017, 1:42 pm

    DELICIOUS! I made these using freeze-dried strawberries and dark chocolate chips – thanks for a fabulous recipe!

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  • Alita March 29, 2017, 7:56 am

    I’ve been searching for the ‘perfect’ granola recipe…and THIS Is IT!!!!!! Thanks a ton! I only added 2 tbsps of coconut oil to the above, as we all like the taste and smell of coconut. Thanks again!!!

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  • Ashleigh March 13, 2017, 1:35 pm

    I just made these a little bit ago and used coconut oil instead of butter (a little under 1/4 cup) and used maple syrup instead of brown sugar. They came out great and did not fall apart. I also added in a couple handfuls of shredded coconut and rice krispies cereal. These were awesome!

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    • Ashleigh March 13, 2017, 1:36 pm

      Also forgot to mention that I DID use instant oats (not the regular kind), and had no problems whatsover.

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  • Tammy March 11, 2017, 9:43 am

    5 stars they are great

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  • Pinar Yazgan February 26, 2017, 5:04 am

    Wonderful recipe, great inspiration! I added cacao, removed sugar for my second try. Very delicious and crunchy with almonds and dry white mulberries.

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  • Tlh0326 February 17, 2017, 5:48 pm

    My 14yo and I just made these. We used splenda brown sugar and I can’t believe its not butter, almonds, cranberries, and dark chocolate chips!!!! Amazing! In the past a I always went for Store Bought. Now I’m in control of the ingredients!! 1st try and they are a HIT!

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