Chewy Granola Bars

3 minutes
January 31, 2023
Carole JonesJump to Recipe

“You know, you are never going to win the election….” I can’t tell you how often that phrase has been spoken to my face since I began my campaign for Marshall School Board. Granted, I may not be the most well-known candidate in town, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone more passionate about public education.

I also heard this week through the rumor mill that people think I home-school my children and they don’t know why I would be running for school board. I’m just hoping the residents of Marshall take a few minutes to become properly informed about all five candidates and then make their choice.

I was feeling a bit down after being set straight once again over the weekend by a well-intentioned voter. So what did I do? Bake….with chocolate. Though I was tempted to make a proven recipe so I would be able to properly envelope my grouchiness in deliciousness, instead I went for something new.

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Chewy Granola Bars

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An easy recipe that turns out perfect every time for lunch boxes or a quick breakfast-on-the-go!

  • Total Time: 38 minutes
  • Yield: 16 bars 1x


  • 2 1/2 C quick oats
  • 1/2 C rice krispies
  • 1/4 C coconut
  • 1/2 C mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 C unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 C honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla


  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, or use your electric mixer with a paddle attachment.
  2. Press into a 9 x 13 pan with clean damp hands.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 18 minutes.
  4. Score the bars when they first come out of the oven then let them cool completely and then cut into bars.


You can also make a double recipe and bake them in a rimmed half sheet pan. 

  • Author: Carole Jones
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Category: Cookies-Bars
  • Method: Mixer
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 159
  • Sugar: 14g
  • Sodium: 452mg
  • Fat: 17g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2.5g
  • Trans Fat: 2.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 23g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 1.4g
  • Cholesterol: 15mg

Carole Jones

Carole Jones is an Arizona-based cookbook author & food blogger. She's authored The 30 Minute Cooking From Frozen Cookbook and the self-published Take 5: Chicken e-cookbook. For the past 15 years, Carole has shared her culinary adventures cooking and baking for her six brutally honest children here on My Kitchen Escapades. Hot, crusty bread is Carole's love language, but her two adorable grandchildren are a close second. Yes, second. Don't judge.


9 years ago

Can I just use Old Fashioned Oats?

9 years ago

You can but your bars might fall apart. The finer cut oats make the bars stick together a bit better. If you have whole oats, just stick them in a food processor or blender and pulse them a bit

8 years ago

Will these keep wrapped individually in Saran Wrap for a couple of weeks like the no bake recipe you have posted?


8 years ago

Great question Samantha! These ones do have a bit shorter shelf life than my no-bake ones but wrapping them in plastic wrap will definitely help them keep the longest. A friend of mine also refrigerates hers to keep them longer.

8 years ago

I make these monthly and they freeze exceptionally well!

Natalie barnes
7 years ago

I want to make these. What do you mean when you say score the bars?

7 years ago

Hey there Natalie! Great question. Right when they come out of the oven, use a knife to press straight down where you will later cut them into bars. If you try to cut them when they are hot, they will crumble into pieces so just score them, or press straight down. Once they cool completely, you can then go over the scored lines and cut them. It just helps them cut cleanly and not fall apart

No Bake Granola Bars Recipe - Chewy and Easy
7 years ago

[…] as I battled to keep up with Necessity #1, my kids were begging me to whip up their favorite Chewy Granola Bars.  However, it was hot outside and there was no way I was turning on the oven. You see, I live […]

5 years ago

Hi these sound awesome but is there a way to reduce the amount of sugar without affecting the texture/chewiness of the recipe?

5 years ago

Hi Elsa! I do have a version that uses coconut oil instead of butter and agave nectar instead of honey if you are interested in just visit Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars!

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