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


  • 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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  • Natoshka February 20, 2015, 4:53 pm

    These were great! I have been looking for a recipe to hold my ‘granola’ in a snack bar form, and this one worked great. I changed it up a bit and loved the results. Thank you so much for the recipe.
    I omitted the cranberries, and subbed brown rice syrup for the brown sugar and coconut oil for the butter. I added chia seeds, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, and cashews along with the almonds. After mixing in the bowl, the mixture seemed too wet and very sweet, probably due to the brown rice syrup, so I added more seeds, nuts and about 2 more cups of oats. I believe I could have gotten away with adding another cup of oats. With all the extras, I ended up chilling mine in a 9″ x 13″. The end results were great! Thanks again!

  • Theresa February 16, 2015, 7:14 pm

    Literally just finished trying out this recipe and they turned out great!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Deanna February 15, 2015, 6:33 pm

    These were awesome! the best I have found for home made granola bars. My house is nut free but it was no problem. I used 2 cups oats and 1 cup Crispix cerial.

  • Angela February 11, 2015, 2:09 pm

    Loved these granola bars. Curious to know calorie count. I am making more and varying the recipe…going to try dried blueberries and coconut next! Thanks for the great recipe!

  • Angela February 11, 2015, 2:07 pm

    Hello Joanne,

    Can you tell me how many calories per bar? I made these, love them and am trying to calorie count!



    • Adam March 2, 2015, 2:19 pm

      Hi Angela, We don’t currently provide nutritional information for our recipes. Try’s recipe tool, it should give you the info you need.

  • Lisa P February 7, 2015, 3:17 pm

    I like to grate up a sweet potato into the mixture

  • Tina January 26, 2015, 8:54 am

    What would be the right amount of coconut oil to replace the butter? Thanks cant wait to make these!

    • Lisa P February 7, 2015, 3:20 pm

      I use extra virgin olive oil. Equal to the amount of butter

  • j hee January 19, 2015, 1:47 am

    am i reading this right? after toasting the oats and nuts in the oven, we dont bake the bars anymore? these are no-bake bars? sorry am i just being blinded by your pictures?!

    • Joanne March 5, 2015, 10:14 am

      Yep, that’s right. The bars are not baked in the oven.

  • Dan Brosnan December 28, 2014, 11:17 am

    I used coconut oil in place of the butter. Yummy recipe.

  • Findrie Irawan December 9, 2014, 7:56 am

    Hi, I just made this chewy granola bars couple days ago and they’re gone within hours! It’s absolutely delicious, light snack and suitable for adults or kids. I was wondering if you knew the expire time for this bar? Thanks again for sharing the recipe, I’ll make another one and post it in my blog.


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