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Chewy Granola Bars

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. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 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 Rice Krispies
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 cup raisins or semisweet chocolate chips, optional

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, honey and vanilla. Whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in oats, Rice Krispies, nuts and, if desired, raisins or chocolate chips.
  • Press into a greased 13x9-in. pan. Bake until light brown, 25-30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars.
Next time you're at the store, pick up a few boxes of bars from the best healthy granola bar brands on the market. Then you'll have the tasty snack you crave when you don't have time to make a batch.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 160 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 91mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Angiecooksforfam
    Feb 10, 2016

    instead of 1cup nuts, I used 1/2 c. dried cranberries, and 1/2 cup coconut flakes. Delicious!It comes in at 4 points for all of you weight watchers friends. : )

  • nmanley
    Jan 13, 2016

    I made these today and the only thing I changed was I used half a cup of Old Fashion Oatmeal and 1 Cup of Quick Oats instead of all Quick Oats. Very Good! I will make them again. These were done baking at 25 minutes, don't over bake them. Some of my edges were a little too browned for my liking. My husband came home and ate 4 bars in a row. He loved them too. I used chopped pecans with Golden Raisins. Next time I will try Chocolate Chips. So Yummy!

  • PattyCakes1960
    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.

  • krysfielder
    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!

  • debpearson
    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. :)

  • Myfamilysbaker
    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!

  • Erin Traser
    Dec 1, 2013

    Delicious!

  • floresmm
    Apr 28, 2013

    This is a lot of sugar and carbs to be considered a good diabetic choice! I used 1/2 c brown sugar and 1/2 c Splenda and it probably could be reduced more and still taste sweet enough, especially with the additions of raisins or prunes. I added 1/4 c ground flax for additional fiber. These are super good, don't overbake or they get crumbly. 18 min with light browning on top gives perfect chewy-crispy balance.

  • joreffitt
    Apr 26, 2013

    I make these all the time. The best and easest by far.

  • piano70549
    Jan 17, 2013

    The best granola bar recipe I have found. My 15 year old teen and his friends think it is great. I use 2/3 c. each of dried cranberries, walnuts or pecans, and mini chocolate chips. Can adapt according to anyone's taste.