Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

One thing you should know about me is that I hate buying things I can make at home myself.  If you look in my fridge you’ll find large jars of homemade Worcestershire that I made several years ago (it keeps indefinitely).  There’s nothing like homemade, preservative free food for cooking and/or eating.  Well, that’s my opinion anyway.  

Enter granola bars.  It’s easy to pick up the box at the store but it’s also really easy to make them at home.  I mean, REALLY easy.  The best part…there’s no need to read a label to figure out if it has tree nuts or gluten or whatever…you already know!  

They are chewy, chocolaty and best of all, good for you.  

Writing this is making me hungry.

Yep, I’m about to go eat another one.

I’ll have to get back to you with the “Kid Report” as they took off this morning with them in their lunches and I won’t know for several hours if they are winners in their eyes or not.  I can tell you that the Hubs and I stood over the sink this morning eating them and there were lots of “mmmms” and “mmmhmms”.  

Update:  Cuz I know you’re dying to know.  The kids both came home and said “those were the best granola bars ever”.  It’s officially official now.  4 thumbs up! 

Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Yield: Makes about 14 bars

Easy chewy granola bars that are slightly sweet with bits of crispy rice cereal, oats and chocolate chips.


  • 2 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 2 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1/3 cup honey (local is best)
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons miniature chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Spray a 9x13 inch pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl add the crispy rice and oats and mix to combine. Set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan add the honey, brown sugar and butter and bring to a simmer. Heat for 3 minutes until it becomes syrupy and remove from heat. Add the vanilla and pour over the rice and oat mixture. Stir well to coat and pour into the prepared baking pan. Lay a piece of parchment over the pan and press the oat mixture down. Sprinkle with the chocolate chips and press down again.
  4. Bake at 200 for 25 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow to remain in the oven for 2 hours. Invert onto a cutting board and cut into bars. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.


Recipe adapted from Brown Eyed Baker.

  • Ashley Howman
    November 7, 2014 at 4:57 am

    This recipe is fantastic! I have made them multiple times for my children’s snacks & Cub Scout bake sales. Much better than the store options and safer for my son’s peanut allergy! I have changed up ingredients, thrown in shredded unsweetened coconut, ground flax seed and sometimes ground up half of the oatmeal for a different texture.

  • Rebekah
    September 30, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Can you just use all quick oats instead of the cereal?

  • Toni
    September 20, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    If you use coconut oil instead of butter they will stay together better!

    • stacey
      June 1, 2014 at 6:00 pm

      how much did you use?

  • Jenn
    July 28, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Can I make extra and freeze them

  • Amber
    July 12, 2013 at 8:48 am

    I made them twice and they crumbled. Any suggestions on how to make them stay together? They are so yummy, I really want them to work!

  • Britney
    June 23, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Mine fell apart 🙁

  • Eileen Garbett
    June 21, 2013 at 4:50 am

    Do you make your own vanilla extract?

    • FarmgirlGourmet
      June 22, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      Yes I do Eileen. I hate throwing vanilla beans away after scraping the seeds, so I toss them in bourbon or vodka and make my own extract.

  • kelly
    May 26, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    love these… But mine fall apart? any ideas? I follwed the recpie correctly,,,,

    • Greer
      June 16, 2013 at 6:50 am

      I had the same problem. I just turned mine into granola and ate it by the handful!

      • FarmgirlGourmet
        June 17, 2013 at 8:46 am

        Oh no! I guess I better make them again and tweak the ingredients. Mine were fine. Granola sounds good too though. 🙂 Sorry it didn’t work out and thanks for letting me know.

  • Brooke
    April 23, 2013 at 11:46 am

    These are AMAZING!!! we can’t keep them around for more than a couple of days! Do you have the nutritional info on them possibly?

  • Kelly
    March 6, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Hello! What a fabulous idea! My two year old LOVES his granola bars, so I’m dying to make him these. Just one question….would these be freezable? Thanks!