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Homemade Chewy Granola Bars

These Homemade Granola Bars can be made in about 15 minutes and they are a delicious snack that is perfect for when you are on the go!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Resting Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 15 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gluten free snack, homemade snack recipe
Servings: 12 granola bars
Calories: 224kcal
Author: Lisa Longley


  • 2 cups quick cooking oats not old fashioned
  • 1/2 cup O shaped cereal
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (pull some out to keep for topping the bars)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (pull some out to keep for topping the bars)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon 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, stirring constantly, and simmer for one minute (while stirring). 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 the set aside chocolate chips and dried cranberries.
  • 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.


Serving: 1bar | Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 80mg | Potassium: 12mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 21g