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Chewy Granola Bars Recipe
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Chewy Granola Bars Recipe

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For a satisfying snack that's both soft and crispy, try this recipe. These bars are a tempting, nutritious treat.—Virgina M Krites, Cridersville, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1-1/4 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 cup raisins or semisweet chocolate chips, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 bar equals 160 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 19 mg cholesterol, 91 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1-1/2 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the honey, vanilla and egg; mix well. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in oats, cereal and nuts and raisins or chocolate chips if desired.
  2. Press into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until the top is lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Chewy Granola Bars in Taste of Home June/July 1995, p54

Nutritional Facts

1 bar equals 160 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 19 mg cholesterol, 91 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1-1/2 fat.

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Reviewed Nov. 22, 2014

"Just made these, and they are super yummy. Made as written with these changes: Used old fashioned oats, added 1/4 cup peanut butter, cut down cinnamon to 1/2 ts, and used 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, 1/4 cup Craisins, and 3/4 cup chopped walnuts. Didn't have rice cereal so used Honey Bunches of Oats instead. Cooked for 25 minutes but I think next time I'll cook for about 20 minutes instead. Very flexible recipe. p.s. I used a spatula to smoosh these down about halfway through cooking time. When cool, they cut very cleanly - very little crumbling."

Reviewed Nov. 8, 2014

"very yummy! I want to tweek the recipe a little to make mine more granola-y and a little less like a cookie, but it is delicious!"

Reviewed Sep. 1, 2014

"These are a HIT each time I make them. I make them wheat free by substituting spelt flour. I also sub out 1/2 the total sugar (brown and white) with coconut sugar to make them more low-glycemic while preserving the depth from the brown sugar. I've tried to use 100% coconut sugar and they come out hard. The brown sugar and honey ensure the end product is chewy. I process walnuts to a fine meal so as to hide them from my picky eater. :)"

Reviewed Dec. 11, 2013

"These are amazing, Absolutely perfect cookie bar!Love the original recipe, but my family loves a little variation: substitute the honey for peanut butter (or more to taste) omit the cinnamon, use 1 cup of sea salt roasted peanuts for nuts and 3/4 cup of chocolate chips = peanut butter chocolate crunchy goodness!! I make them at least once a week, put it in my kids lunch box with a thermos full of ice cold skim milk, even the hubby takes one for work and a few to share with his coworkers and I send some to my neighbor for helping with carpool in the morning!"

Reviewed Dec. 1, 2013


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