Chewy Granola Bars

These no-bake Chewy Granola Bars are made with simple ingredients you likely already have in the pantry! Package them up for quick on-the-go snacks!

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Chewy Granola Bars on parchment paper with chocolate drizzle on top

Are you a chewy or crunchy granola bar fan? I like ’em both, but I know my kiddos prefer a chewy granola bar….especially if chocolate chips are spotted!

Have you ever considered making your own granola bars? Well let me tell you – they’re SUPER easy! And no bake. And the ingredient list is a lot easier to understand that the store-bought version! 🙂 These granola bars are perfect for after school snacks, long car rides, mid-morning breaks and are yummy enough to curb that sweet tooth for dessert!

Chewy Granola Bars with a bite out of it

How to make Chewy Granola Bars

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, right?! Here are a few visuals to further explain the recipe at the bottom of the post.

How to store homemade Chewy Granola Bars

I like to cut pieces of waxed paper and wrap the granola bars individually. The granola bars don’t stick to the waxed paper, so they’re easy to eat without a sticky mess.

After I’ve wrapped them up, I put them in an air-tight container. You can then store them on the counter, in the fridge or in the freezer. Personally, I like their texture best refrigerated!

Are these granola bars gluten free?

Yes. None of the ingredients listed have gluten in them naturally, but if you are extremely sensitive (or have Celiac Disease), you’ll want to check the labels to make sure they aren’t processed in a facility with wheat. Oats are many times processed in the same facility as wheat-based ingredients, but you can simply replace with “Gluten-Free Oats.”

Are chewy granola bars healthy?

I guess it depends what you consider “healthy.” But here are a few notes on the nutrition these granola bars provide:

  • Oats are a whole grain and provide fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
  • These granola bars are naturally gluten-free.
  • Portion control. I love a snack that is pre-portioned, so I don’t end up eating way more than needed.
  • Each bar has 3 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein.
Chewy Granola Bars cut into rectangles

Other healthy-ish snack ideas

Energy Bites – They’re filling, easy to make (no food processor needed!) and stay good for days in the fridge.
Monster Cookie Dough HummusThis tasty sweet hummus is always a hit! Delicious served with pretzels or sliced apples!
Baked Oatmeal Muffins – These are great for breakfast or snack time!

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Chewy Granola Bars

These no-bake Chewy Granola Bars are made with simple ingredients you likely already have in the pantry! Package them up for quick on-the-go snacks!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cool Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Snack
Servings 16 granola bars

Ingredients
  

  • 1 c creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 c honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 c old-fashioned oats
  • 1 c quick oats* (can do all old-fashioned or all quick)
  • 2/3 c trail mix (or a any mix of dried fruit, nuts, chocolate), chopped
  • 2 tbsp chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, stir together the peanut butter, honey, vanilla and salt.
  • Add the oats and chopped trail mix; stir until it's all incorporated.
  • Press granola bar mixture into a parchment-lined 9×9 pan.
  • Lay a piece of parchment on top and use a flat measuring cup to press it down into an even layer.
  • Refrigerate for an hour or more.
  • Remove the parchment paper and cut into 16 bars.
  • Melt the chocolate chips and drizzle on top.

Notes

*Oats – You can used all quick or all old-fashioned oats if you just have one or the other.  I like the texture best when using a combination.
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