Granola bars have been a staple in my pantry since I was a child. My father always had several boxes of Quaker Chew Granola Bars around for us to snack on together. So for me a granola bar was meant to be chewy, gooey, and yummy.
My father will not be disappointed with this recipe! He started watching his sodium intake a couple years ago to help lower his blood pressure. So I have been doing my best to give him delicious and easy to make alternatives to his favorite treats and meals. Most of my focus was on main dishes, but now I am exploring more snack items I know we all have loved.
These granola bars are out of this world chewy and delicious. The hint of honey in them is amazing. It is just slightly sweet, full of whole grains, and a lot of amazing flavor. The best part… they are easy to make in a matter of minutes. The longest part is the wait as they need to stiffen up before they can be cut into bars.
Feel free to play around and add different toppings or add ins. I know I will and don’t worry I will share my winners with you. This recipe is also great for diabetics as it is low in sugar. Honey is low on the glycemic index so it is absorbed slowly and over a long period of time. This will keep you fueled up for a long time without a sugar crash. I know these will be coming on my annual camping trip this year.
Because I only cook for two people and more often one because my husband is often away for deployments and training, I make half batches of items. This recipe is no exception. I use a 7×5 pyrex dish every time I make granola bars. But, you can easily double the batch to make a full 8×8 pan of granola bars. Trust me the extra won’t go to waste!
- 2 Tb light brown sugar, packed
- 2 Tb honey*
- 2 Tb butter
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup old fashioned or quick cooking oats
- ½ cup crispy rice cereal or brown rice cereal
- ½ tsp vanilla
- ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
- * Substitute agave or maple syrup to make it vegan
- Line a 7x5 pyrex dish with parchment paper letting the parchment hang over the edges of the pan for easy removal (if doubling the recipe use an 8x8 pan).
- In a small bowl combine the oats, cereal, and cinnamon. Set aside.
- In a small sauce pan melt the butter, brown sugar, and honey over medium low heat until it reaches a low boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 2 minutes. Do not walk away and stir constantly to prevent the mixture from burning.
- Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
- Pour the sugar mixture over the oats. Mix until everything is evenly coated.
- Transfer the granola into the pan and press down HARD. Try placing another piece of parchment paper or wax paper on top and press down hard with the heel of your hands. You really want to pack this in tight!
- Sprinkle the mini chocolate chips on top of the granola and gently press in with damp hands or a spoon. If you use your hands you get to lick melted chocolate yummy.
- Let the granola cool at room temperature for a couple hours or in the fridge if your impatient like me 😉
- Using the edges of the parchment paper, lift the granola bar slab out of the pan. Cut into 4-5 bars using a sharp knife or pizza cutter.
- Store in an airtight container for up to one week.