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Chewy Granola Bars Recipe

Chewy Granola Bars Recipe

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 YIELD:24 servings


  • 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. Press into a greased 13x9-in. pan. Bake until light brown, 25-30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 bar: 160 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 91mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1-1/2 fat.

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Angiecooksforfam User ID: 8766573 243606
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8468191 241706
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8116989 666
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."

krysfielder User ID: 5728656 1743
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!"

debpearson User ID: 1818912 1173
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. :)"

Myfamilysbaker User ID: 7533645 897
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!"

Erin Traser User ID: 3320956 2254
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2013


floresmm User ID: 7243305 1494
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4926698 815
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2013

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

MY REVIEW User ID: 3686140 1488
Reviewed 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."

Danipooh02 User ID: 1679122 2226
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2012

"You can throw absolutely anything in these bars and they are delicious. I omitted the 1/4 sugar and added flax meal and wheat germ for nutrition. I also did 1/2 c white flour and 1/2 wheat flour. I had cinnamon chips on hand, which were delicious! I made one batch gluten-free with chocolate chips and they were equally as good as the other batch with cinnamon chips."

Danipooh02 User ID: 1679122 2225
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2012

"This recipe is fantastic! You can literally put anything in these. I added wheat germ and cinnamon chips to mine and they were a huge hit!!! I didn't add any fruit to this batch, but raisins/cranberries/apples would be great in these. I also made a separate gluten-free batch that were just as good!"

Michell408 User ID: 1234062 1161
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2012

"molasses adds a great flavor! a little more crumbly than I expected, but so delicious!"

Terrell636 User ID: 5083356 1487
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2012

"I made a batch which was very easy and i tweeked it a little by addding other dry fruit. My family and extended family enjoyed it that I made it again the next day. & two days later"

ldouglas1996 User ID: 1415587 794
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2012

"Terribly dry and cruncy. :("

rec-chef User ID: 6391027 343
Reviewed May. 12, 2012

"I should have checked them before the minimum time, I think they should have come out a little sooner, but these are great!"

MRPinter User ID: 2095996 665
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2012

"Everyone in my family loves these! I've made them at least 20 times, and each time I've made them a little different - I throw in whatever kind of spices, chips, dried fruit, nuts, and cereal I have on hand that sounds good together. I've also added a generous spoonful of peanut or almond butter, and then added a bit more oats to keep the dough the right consistency. They turn out delicious every time! Thanks for sharing the recipe."

collectorkerri User ID: 212062 1553
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2012

"I liked these a lot, and so did my son. I omitted the nuts without any ill effects. I got outvoted on the optional ingredients (my son wanted raisins), but I think I will put my foot down next time, as I think chocolate chips will be ever so much better. A fine alternative to store-bought."

pohl1959 User ID: 2888433 2133
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2012

"Delicious!!!! Tastes more like a perfect oatmeal cookie..... crispy yet chewy! Wonderful!"

debobran User ID: 4710400 1486
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2012

"Loved these! Made the first batch with cranberries and dates. Now trying a peanut butter chocolate chip variation. These are much better than the ones at the store!"

bethhubers User ID: 6445555 1742
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2012

"Very tasty! Very easy!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 3615297 1844
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2012

"Very good and so easy to make. Will definetly make them again"

tommypoo User ID: 1263135 2223
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2012

"My son said these were the best home made granola bars I've ever made!!!"

gigimarie User ID: 5854245 853
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2012

"I followed this recipe pretty closely and we really like how these bars turned out. My husband doesn't like big pieces of nuts in food but I think they're vital to the flavor and texture, so I always grind nuts in my food processor until they are fine but not pasty. I store them in glass jars and pull them out whenever a recipe calls for them. The other change I made was that I used 1/2 cup dried cranberries and 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips and they were delicious with a pleasantly moist chewiness."

flowergirl09 User ID: 4562332 750
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2012

"This is soooooooo good. I have made it several times, slivered almonds and craisons are a nice change. Love the crunch from the rice krispies!"

kathyferickson User ID: 1177782 1449
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2012

"Everyone loved this recipe, but I think it could be reworked to be more healthy . . . less sugar and butter. The dough seemed more like a sweet cookie dough."

Trickzy User ID: 1470279 749
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2012

"I remade this in a lower sugar version, using splenda, splenda brown sugar blend & hersheys sugar free chocolate chips. Awesome granola bar, loaded with fiber & now lower sugar. This is the best treat I've tried in awhile, BIG Hit."

JuJuBee123 User ID: 3555231 1095
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2012

"These were excellent the way they are. As a parent of picky eaters, I added 1/2 cup of dry milk and 1/4 cup of wheat germ. The second time I tried them, I omitted the cinnamon, cut the butter to a 1/4 cup and added 1/4 cup of peanut butter. Everyone liked both versions!"

boyzmombrown3 User ID: 6409643 2222
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2012

"They went too fast! Getting ready to make them again."

maggieaw User ID: 4163584 1418
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2012

"After reading the posts before making this I worried about the time I baked it- I shouldnt have. These turned out really good- far better than those cardboard granola bars you get at the grocery. My husband loved all the different flavors and he said the hint of cinnamon really made it delicious! I didnt have quick cooking oats- I used regular oasts and they turned out fine. (better than fine really!) So good."

ahevey User ID: 4258658 1484
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2012

"they were great, even my 2 year old loved them! i will be making these again, adding new flavors to them :-)"

cozykitchen User ID: 1615751 792
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2012

"bakebakekuchen: I appreciate your concern regarding this recipe being diabetic friendly. Between the brown sugar, granulated sugar and honey there's less than 1 tablespoon added sugar per serving. Each diabetic needs to consider whether 1-1/2 starch exchanges and 1-1/2 fat exchanges spent on a granola bar will fit into their personal diet plan. As far as sweets goes - this includes whole grains, fruit (if made with raisins) and less than 1 tablespoon added sugar per serving making it a snack that is fair to consider."

lefty11 User ID: 6163125 714
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2012

"I used 1/2 cup each of raisins and chocolate chips. My husband and I both really enjoyed them! Fantastic!"

Grmacat User ID: 6221315 1448
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2012

"I omitted the white sugar and increased the honey to 3 Tbls (raw unprocessed)

I used honey nut cherrios instead of rice krispies (what I had on hand) and used 1/2 cup each chopped walnuts, dark chocolate chips and golden raisins.
My daughter and family loved them and asked me for the recipe :)
They are chewy, delicious, and addicting!"

bakebakekuchen User ID: 6371736 1416
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2012

"I don't know how Taste of Home can call this recipe "Diabetic Friendly" with the amount of sugar called for. No diabetic should be eating anything with this much carbs and sugar!"

jre123 User ID: 6296658 2221
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2012

"I gave this recipe 3 stars because of texture and cook time. taste is for sure 5 stars. but even after 35 minutes of cooking, it was still smooshie like a raw cookie. I followed the recipe exactly except for instead of 1 cup raisins or choc chips i did 1/2 cup of both. so every thing was the same as far as measurements is concerned.. I am letting it rest in the pan hoping that it hardens because the piece i ate was delish even though pretty raw"

jmbeattie2004 User ID: 3354373 1429
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2011

"I will make this recipe again but will try a few alterations. I found these slightly dry and crumbly so I will lower the cereal a bit and add an extra tablespoon of honey or agava to help with moisture and to help it come together more."

Kayla0110 User ID: 3854112 1245
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2011

"These are good, though I don't know how I feel about calling them a granola bar... butter, sugar, flour, egg... more of a glorified cookie bar. Still probably healthier than most store-bought granola bars. I used Cheerios instead of crispy rice and omitted the white sugar and they are still plenty sweet. Next time I will probably replace the honey with coconut oil or maybe peanut butter. I also used wheat flour to boost nutrition. I do like how adaptable this recipe can be, you can easily make a completely different flavor combo each time."

heishman01 User ID: 5338223 198348
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2011

"Excellent recipe! Great for lunch snacks."

sarahchatley User ID: 6098167 1322
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2011

"this recipe is phenomenal! I love that it can be customized to anyones tastes/dietary restrictions. I used cheerios in place of crisped rice cereal for a bit more crunch, and even though I made a double batch, they disappeared almost instantly! Next time I will add coconut, or replace the chocolate chips with dried cranberries"

akgorby User ID: 1687783 1447
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2011

"easy and delicious! A hit with the kids as well as the adults!"

mandajean526 User ID: 5017349 342
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2011

"Made these for a camping trip and they were a HUGE hit. My husband loved them so much that I'm making the on a regular basis at home now. I love that they're so easy to do variations of - just add whatever you want!"

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 813
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2011

"These bars are fun! They were chewy with a little crunch from the rice crispy cereal. I put in coconut instead of chocolate chips, and I'll try some other variations as well in the future."

drose42 User ID: 4774527 791
Reviewed May. 23, 2011

"Very good! I like the possibilities. I dried apples, chopped them pretty small, used half unsweetened applesauce for half the butter.I also used honey roasted soy nuts for nuts and didn't have honey so used maple syrup. Next I want to try peanut butter and thought of seeing if a chocolate protein powder would work in something like this.Also, I think a tropical one would be good with dried pineapple, coconut with maybe citrus flavors mixed in."

crazydebbie1974 User ID: 4496506 2132
Reviewed May. 18, 2011

"I just made these bars today. They are very good. I used maple syrup (from our trees) instead of honey. I also added coconut, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds- 1/2 cup each."

crazydebbie1974 User ID: 4496506 340
Reviewed May. 18, 2011

"Very good bars! I doubled the recipe and used maple syrup (from our trees) instead of honey. I also put in 1/2 cup coconut, 1/2 cup sesame seeds and 1/2 cup sunflower seeds. My husband likes them for when he is in the field (farmer)."

linsvin User ID: 1584655 2219
Reviewed May. 2, 2011

"Very chewy and satisfying. I have to admit kids wanted bigger squares!"

kedunham User ID: 2514710 812
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2011

"I left out the nuts because my kids don't like them. I used raisins and chocolate chips (separately). Both were really good."

lisaskov User ID: 4693165 660
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

"These were great. quick to whip together and a good, easy kid helper recipe. I like granola bars to be full of 'stuff' so I added white chocolate chips and craisins. We'll also try coconut, apricots, dates, cherries and golden raisins."

Melisa4022 User ID: 5769907 2215
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2011

"My kids are in a lot of basketball and softball tournaments so we are leaving the house early in the morning this is a great breakfast for them to eat in the car on the way. My kids love them. usually I have to bring the whole pan because my daughter passes them around to her friends."

angeh User ID: 3115825 1446
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2010

"this recipe was very good the whole family liked it, thought i did add an extra teaspoon of honey, its a family favorite"

99susie99 User ID: 1303395 339
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2010

"These bars were really good and I will definitely make them again."

ctmom05 User ID: 981118 2096
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2009

"We've now had dessert. It was so tasty, a real hit here. These granola bars tasted a bit like butterscotch brownies aka blondies.

This was something I will definately make again."

ctmom05 User ID: 981118 1414
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2009

"So far, I can tell you that the batter for Chewy Granola Bars tastes really yummy!

I'll let you know more after we have them this evening for dessert :)"

bigmo9193 User ID: 1280561 338
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2009

"I sought out granola bar recipes after tiring of the store bought varieties. These are a hit with my entire family!"

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