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Homemade Granola Bars

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posted: 05/19/17

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These Homemade Granola Bars can be made in about 10 minutes and they are a delicious snack that is perfect for when you are on the go! If you are looking for more great snacks that your kids will love, try these five ingredient energy bites, this Italian popcorn, or of course you could always just go with this straight up homemade granola recipe!

I’m so happy to be partnering with Mini Babybel® to bring you some awesome summer snacking ideas!

The Homemade Chewy Granola Bars has a beautiful golden color topped with dried cranberries and mini chocolate chips.

You guys.

Summer is just around the corner and I am *freaking out* over all.the.things.

First. Working full time from home with three kids and no yard (we don’t have grass yet at the new house!!!) sounds like . . . OMG. I’m so scared.

Second. Activities. You guys. My kids want to be in all.the.things. I’m so scared. #holdme

Finally. Snacks! My kiddos are like tiny little walking vacuums sucking up all the snacks they can find all time. It’s like they are tiny little trendy 30 year olds looking for a tapas dinner, only instead of mini beef sliders they want pretzels and fruit and granola bars and cheese.

A photo of Babybel's Mini cheese surrounded by strawberries and grapes.

My kiddos love these Mini Babybels.

Whew. One problem solved.

We even have a special compartment in our refrigerator that is totally perfect for holding them. It’s low enough that even the three year old can get one out, pull the little red tab, peal off the wax and take a bite! We always keep that compartment stocked with them.


I love snacks that taste great and that I feel good about giving my kids. In addition to the Mini Babybels, the kiddos will be spending the summer snacking on fresh fruit and these delicious homemade chewy granola bars. They are no bake and so easy. Perfect for on the go snacking.

And as for activities . . . for sure we are going to be carting our Mini Babybel and homemade granola bars to swimming and ballet and baseball and karate and whew. But when we aren’t doing that we are going to have movie nights at home while I take a deep breath.

A little girl holding a small Babybel's Mini Cheese with a small bite.


  • It’s easy to make.
  • You could substitute in other ingredients that you love more.
  • They fill the kiddos up.
  • I feel great about giving them to my kids!


  1. Line a small baking dish with aluminum foil and spray it with cooking spray.
  2. Combine all your dry ingredients in a big bowl.
  3. Bring your wet ingredients to a simmer and let it thicken up.
  4. Mix them together and press itnto the pan.
  5. Let them set, cut them up, and et them!

So so easy!

An overhead photo of four Homemade Chewy Granola Bars that has dried cranberries and mini chocolate chips.

5 from 1 vote

Homemade Chewy Granola Bars

Serves: 12 granola bars
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 15 minutes
These Homemade Granola Bars can be made in about 10 minutes and they are a delicious snack that is perfect for when you are on the go!


  • 2 cups quick cooking oats not old fashioned
  • 1/2 cup O shaped cereal
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips plus more for topping
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • Place foil in an 8 by 8 baking dish. Spray with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl combine the quick cooking oats, cereal, chocolate chips, and dried cranberries.
  • In a small saucepan over medium low heat, combine the honey, butter, brown sugar, peanut butter, vanilla and salt. Bring to a boil and simmer until thick. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for about five minutes.
  • Pour the liquid over the mixture in the large bowl and stir to combine. Pour it into the square baking dish and push down to fill it evenly. Sprinkle with additional mini chocolate chips.
  • Cover and allow to cool for four hours or overnight.
  • Remove from the pan and cut into equal pieces. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.
Calories: 226kcal (11%) Carbohydrates: 33.8g (11%) Protein: 3g (6%) Fat: 10.1g (16%) Saturated Fat: 4.7g (29%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g Monounsaturated Fat: 1.3g Cholesterol: 10.2mg (3%) Sodium: 35.2mg (2%) Potassium: 14.6mg Fiber: 2.1g (9%) Sugar: 21.9g (24%) Vitamin A: 140IU (3%) Vitamin C: 0.9mg (1%) Calcium: 12mg (1%) Iron: 1.6mg (9%)
Author: Lisa Longley

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 The Homemade Chewy Granola Bar has a golden brown color topped with dried cranberries and mini chocolate chip.

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  1. Crystal says

    Can I sub more oats for the cereal? Thanks! :)

    • Lisa Longley says

      I haven’t tired that, but if you do, let me know how it turns out!

  2. Elizabeth says

    5 stars
    I love this recipe, but I was wondering. Could I omit the brown sugar and just use a little more honey? I’m trying to cut back on sugar.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Okay, so brown sugar is a dry ingredient and honey is a wet ingredient. So I do’t know that it would be so simple as cut one add more of the other. You would have to play around with it.

    • Dorinda says

      I was wondering the same thing as Elizabeth – I cut about half the sugar called for in all recipes I use. Maybe try using half the brown sugar and half the honey?

  3. Melissa says

    Will these hold up if I use vegan butter?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I really don’t have any experience baking or cooking with vegan butter, sorry Melissa!

  4. Mike says

    Hi Lisa, my wife is allergic to peanut butter, do you think sun butter would work? Thanks mike

    • Lisa Longley says

      I think that would be a great substitute in this! Love Sun Butter!

  5. Taylor says

    Do you think almond butter would work fine? I don’t like peanut butter😂

    • Lisa Longley says

      Yes, I think that will be fine!

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