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Apr 6, 2010 09:38 PM

ISO Chewy Granola Bar Recipe

Looking for a recipe for chewy granola bars so I can stop buying those sugar-laden ones from the supermarket for my children. Thx.

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  1. Crisp & Chewy Granola Bars (from One Smart Cookie)

    1T butter
    1/4 c. brown sugar (packed)
    1/4 c. honey
    pinch salt

    1c. mix-ins - dried fruit, nuts, chocolate chips...
    1&1/2c. Rice Krispies cereal
    1c. quick oats
    1T ground flax (optional)

    1. In a medium bowl combine mix-ins, cereal, oats and optional flax. Set aside.

    2. In a large saucepan on medium melt butter with sugar, honey, and salt. Boil mixture for 1 minute.

    3. Remove sugar mixture from heat and stir in cereal mixture.

    4. Press into an ungreased 8x8 pan, or double quantities and press into a 9x13.

    5. Just like Rice Krispie Treats cool either in the fridge or at room temp til firmed up. When cooled cut into bars (8x8 makes about 12 Quaker chewy size bars)

    12 Replies
    1. re: maplesugar

      3 c oats
      4 c anything else, ie chips, nuts, mini marshmallows, dried fruit and coconut
      1 can sweetened condensed milk

      Mix it all up together and press onto a greased pan or one with a silpat
      Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or when the top is browned a little.
      Flip onto another tray to cool. (the underside can be a little undercooked but will harden nicely when cooled.)

      Eat up! Yummy!

      1. re: lilmomma

        what size pan do you use? thanks!

        1. re: lilmomma

          I love this recipe, but I've had problems with making the granola into bars. Every time I attempt to flip these over, they fall apart. Even when I try to reform the sheet of granola and let them cool, they still don't form bars. Any suggestions?

          1. re: NewCook718

            what kind of oats are you using? also, have you tried letting them cool for 20-30 minutes on the counter, then sticking them in the fridge for 15-20 minutes, then trying to invert?

            1. re: NewCook718

              I don't make bars per se. We just usually rip pieces off. It is very "rustic". I think you can try scoring the bars as the pan is cooling and then breaking them when cooled. Much like you do to english toffee.

              1. re: lilmomma

                Thanks for the answers! Emme- I'm using quick oats. I'm sure the old fashioned would stick together more easily. I'll try your idea with the fridge next time. Lilmomma- that's what happens with mine. I pull mine apart and store them in a bag, creating tons of granola crumbs, which I've want to avoid. However, they might be really good with yogurt or fruit.

                1. re: NewCook718

                  try the fridge, and do try regular oats. i use TJ's red canister version for most oatmeal inclusive baking recipes.

          2. re: maplesugar

            ms.... I like this recipe, but worry that it would "melt" if left unrefrigerated for very long. Has this ever been a problem for you? I wonder what would happen if it were baked for awhile.

            1. re: CocoaNut

              I haven't tested them in Vegas in June or anything but I cool them at room temp and they set like rice krispie treats - chewy and stiff but not rock hard. I send them on the kids lunches all the time, take them on road trips and they hold up fine.

            2. re: maplesugar

              Hi this recipe sounds great But what is 1T butter i know the rest, thanks from UK. would love to try them,

              1. re: kctazjessi

                1 Tablespoon US butter... which seems to be .8 tablespoons UK

                1. re: kctazjessi

                  1 Tablespoon butter is 1/2 oz. butter.

              2. I made the ones from lilmomma, I put in flax meal, coconut and chocolate. it was easy , fast and delicious. It's now my go to granola bar.

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                1. re: TIRGL

                  Yeah!!!! SO glad you like them!!

                2. Try David Lebovitz's "Friendship Bars." They're on his Web site. They're excellent, and they are really adaptable so you never have to make them the same way twice.

                  1. This recipe uses puffed whole grains instead of oats. But you might like it or adapt it even. I like it using puffed kamut. And I've used different combinations of dried fruits, though I do like the cranberry/blueberry best.


                    1. Oh my goodness! I have been making this Smitten Kitchen recipe weekly since I found the recipe. They are absolutely perfect! I have found that they hold together a bit better if you use almond butter instead of peanut butter.


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                      1. re: Becca Porter

                        Thanks for the new obsession, Becca! Wow, those are delicious! My 11 month old learned a new sign in record time thanks to those granola bars. We'll see how long I can keep her thinking they're cookies. ;-)