Sliced sheet of homemade chewy granola bars

Homemade Chewy Granola Bar Recipe

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This homemade chewy granola bar recipe is so easy to make and delicious to eat! You can add anything you want from chocolate chips to pretzels and they turn out great every time.

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How to Make Homemade Chewy Granola Bars:

Step 1

The first step to a truly delicious homemade chewy granola bar is to make your own granola. I have two granola recipes that I rotate through to change up the flavor of my granola bars. The first is a classic honey nut granola. The second is a gingerbread granola. You can find the recipe to make your own granola on the links below

Step 2

In a small pan on the stovetop, melt 6Tbps of unsalted butter, 1/3 cup of brown sugar, 1/4 cup of honey, and 1 1/4 cup of nut or soy butter. My family likes to use peanut butter, but I have also used soy nut butter and sun butter for this recipe with good results. You can use creamy or chunky peanut butter. Once everything is melted and nicely combined turn off the burner.

Step 3

With the burner off, stir in 1 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract and 1/8 tsp of salt.

Step 4

In a large bowl, add 3 cups of your homemade granola, 1 cup of raisins, 1 cup of golden raisins, 1/2 cup of craisins or other dried fruit. This is the step where you can really make it your own and change it up week to week. You want to aim to have 5-6 cups of dry ingredients. You can use any combination of granola, plain oats, nuts, raisins, dried fruit (I love dried mango in mine!), pretzels, cereal, plain coconut or toasted coconut, and chocolate chips to make your perfect granola bar.

Close up of glass bowl containing gingerbread granola, raisins, golden raisins, and mangos

Step 5

Pour the peanut butter mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until everything is well coated.

Step 6

Line a 9 by 13 pan with parchment paper and spread mixture in evenly. Press the mixture down firmly to create well formed bars. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes. Remove from the freeze, slice, and enjoy!

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How to Store Your Homemade Chewy Granola Bars:

These bars are best kept in the fridge. They are good for up to two/three weeks, but they will definitely be gone sooner. They make the perfect addition to a lunchbox or an after dinner snack. After I slice the bars, I store them in a Tupperware container or place them in induvial snack bags for lunches. There will be bits and pieces that crumble off, but overall these bars stay together quite well.

Is the Homemade Chewy Granola Bar Recipe Gluten Free?

Yes, as long as you use certified gluten free oats, these granola bars are gluten free. If you choose to add in any cereals or pretzels, just make sure you are using certified gluten free products to keep these bars celiac friendly.

Homemade Chewy Granola Bars

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These homemade chewy granola bars are so easy to make and delicious to eat! You can add anything you want from chocolate chips to pretzels and they turn out great every time.

Ingredients

  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/3 Cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 Cup honey
  • 1 1/4 Cup nut or soy butter
  • 1 1/2 Tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 Tsp of salt
  • 3 Cups of homemade granola
  • 1 Cup of raisins
  • 1 Cup of golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup of craisins or other dried fruit

Instructions

  1. Make a batch of homemade granola. Check out my granola recipes under food from scratch
  2. In a small pan, melt 6Tbsp of unsalted butter, ⅓ cup of brown sugar, ¼ cup of honey, and 1 ¼ cup of nut or soy butter over medium heat. Once everything is melted and nicely combined turn off the burner.
  3. With the burner off, stir in 1 ½ tsp of vanilla extract and ⅛ tsp of salt.
  4. In a large bowl, add 3 cups of homemade granola, 1 cup of raisins, 1 cup of golden raisins, and a ½ cup of other dried fruit. (You can change out the dried fruit for other ingredients such as coconut, cereal, or chocolate chips)
  5. Pour your nut or soy butter mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until everything is well coated.
  6. Line a 9 by 13 pan with parchment paper and spread mixture evenly. Press it down firmly to create well formed bars.
  7. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes, remove, slice, and enjoy.

Notes

These bars are best kept in the fridge. They are good for up to two/three weeks, but they will definitely be gone sooner. They make the perfect addition to a lunchbox or after dinner snack. After I slice the bars, I store them in a Tupperware container or place them in induvial snack bags for lunches. There will be bits and pieces that crumble off, but overall these bars stay together quite well.

If making for someone with celiac disease, make sure you use certified gluten free oats.

Can You Make These with a Peanut Butter Alternative?

Yes, simply swap out the peanut butter for your favorite alternative nut butter. I have made these bars with soy nut butter and sun butter. When using alternative nut butters, pay attention to the consistence of the butter. If it is very soft, you may wait to add an extra scoop to the butter, honey, and brown sugar mixture, because that mixture is what holds these no-bake bars together so well.

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