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 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

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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.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values.

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Nutrition Per Serving: Calories 210 / Protein 4 g / Carbohydrate 30 g / Dietary Fiber 3 g / Total Sugars 16 g / Total Fat 10 g / Saturated Fat 4 g / Cholesterol 10 mg
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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  • Heather February 11, 2017, 10:04 am

    This is the absolute most perfect recipe for granola bars ever! I’ve made a bunch of different recipes and this is the best! It comes out not too hard, not too soft and not too sticky! The only change I made was that I did bring my sugars to a full rolling boil first because it is always so humid where I live that I have found cooked sugars here tend to need to cook a little longer or they don’t set. Even good old standards like no bake cookies need that here. I took some of these granola bars to work and everyone now thinks I am a kitchen wizard! Thanks for the best granola recipe I have ever used. Even my 19 year old son who hates granola bars and will only eat complete junk food loves this!

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  • Josefina February 8, 2017, 2:55 pm

    This sounds so delicious! I’m definitely trying this recipe, but since my first language is not English I don’t understand what ‘old fashioned rolled oats’ means. I know the type you have to boil and the one that you only pour hot water and you’re done. I’d really appreciate it if you could explain! I don’t want to mess everything up 🙁 thanks!

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    • Joanne February 8, 2017, 3:05 pm

      Hi there, you want to use rolled oats (the flattened out variety) that take 5 or more minutes to cook. The instant oats will be more broken down into pieces and do not work as well in this recipe.

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  • Jennifer February 8, 2017, 11:23 am

    Do you have a peanut butter granola bar recipe? My family would love that! I loved these too! My husband didn’t like the fruit/chocolate combination, he prefers one or the other, but I loved it.

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    • Joanne February 8, 2017, 12:15 pm

      Hi Jennifer, other commenters have added peanut butter to this recipe and had success.

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  • Tim January 29, 2017, 6:03 pm

    Just made them….love them. I know it would be just an estimate but calories? And protein? Is it somewhere and I just don’t see it? They are awesome, thanks for the recipe!

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    • teddy March 27, 2017, 8:13 pm

      try myfitnesspal.com or other sites. you can add ingredients to a recipe, say how many servings and they do the rest. you can also scan the Barcode of the product. you’ll get a breakdown of macronutrients. super convenient for me since I mostly cook at home.
      thus recipe is currently seeing in my fridge. I’ll give it five stars for difficulty and healthy ingredients. though I used blue agave instead of honey and no chocolate chips

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  • Chad January 29, 2017, 2:33 pm

    I used chopped cashews and dried cranberries and these turned out amazing.

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  • Cindy January 28, 2017, 6:15 pm

    This was my fist try at making granola bars and it was a success. I added one cup of puffed rice for additional texture. My husband stated this was the best granola bar he has ever had! Thank you.

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  • Craig January 24, 2017, 1:35 pm

    Better to use a silpat than aluminum foil. Much easier.

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  • Lisa January 22, 2017, 8:25 pm

    Great recipe. I left out the nuts and cranberries and added 1/4 cup of coconut. Everyone in the family loved them. My husband has been eating Quaker Chewy Granola Bars for years and likes these bars better.

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  • Linda January 14, 2017, 3:23 pm

    I just made these granola bars. I put them in the fridge for two hours sliced them and I was very pleased. This is my granola bar recipe. So much better than store bought. Thank you for such a great recipe.

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  • Cynthia January 13, 2017, 1:49 pm

    Wonderful granola bar. We used cinnamon honey, added dried dates and coconut and the kids loved them. Going to try with maple syrup today and without almonds to send with my kids to school. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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  • Anonymous December 15, 2016, 8:48 am

    The best granola bars I’ve ever made!!! They taste AMAZING!!! The only problem is they keep falling apart a bit, even though I followed the instructions carefully, but WHO CARES!!! They taste so good you won’t even notice wether it’s granola or granola bars! Everyone loved it so much they were gone in under 5 minutes! Thank you so muc for this great recipe! :)))

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  • Tripti V December 5, 2016, 5:09 am

    Superb Recipe! Tried it yesterday and my Granola Bars turned out so delicious that its just too good to be true! Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

    Love & Light

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  • Jowan November 17, 2016, 1:52 pm

    Is it ok to sub maple syrup for the brown sugar?

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  • Antonella October 5, 2016, 6:22 pm

    Delicious !

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  • Sarah merchant October 5, 2016, 8:23 am

    5 stars !!!!!

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