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Quaker-Style Chewy Granola Bars!

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Are you looking for a good granola bar recipe?

chewy granola bars

This recipe won’t disappoint.

These delightfully chewy granola bars include all the goodness of everyone’s favorite Quaker granola bars, but without the corn syrup, refined sugar, and long list of artificial ingredients. So if you’re looking for a good granola bar recipe…

It’s staring you in the face. 🙂

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Unless you are extremely tall or your computer is low to the ground.

Then it’s staring you in the belly button.

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It even looks like a face. See the eyes and the nose? Those would be made out of chocolate chips. Yes, a chocolate chip face.

Are you jealous?

I am!

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homemade granola bars

Oh, to live life with a chocolate chip face…

chewy granola bars

 

Quaker-Style Chewy Granola Bars

(Can be gluten-free)

With a “no-bake” option!

  • 1 cup rolled oats (for all substitution notes, see nutrition link below)
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup rice crispies (brown, white, or gluten-free)
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp oat flour (see recipe instructions below for an easy substitution) 55g
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil or veg oil (See nutrition link below for notes on a fat-free version.)
  • 1/4 cup agave (Honey will also work, but not for strict vegans.)
  • 1-2 packs stevia (up to 1/16 tsp uncut) or 1-2 tablespoons brown sugar or extra liquid sweetener
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp applesauce (banana would probably work as well, or pumpkin!)
  • Ideas for the add-ins: mini chocolate chips, chopped raisins or other dried fruit, shredded coconut, chopped walnuts, etc.

Unless you’re doing the no-bake option, preheat oven to 350 F. Combine all dry ingredients and mix very well. (If you don’t have oat flour: simply grind rolled oats in a food processor to make oat flour. Be sure to measure the correct amount of flour for the recipe after grinding, not before.) In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients. Stir wet into dry and use another sheet of parchment (or wax) paper to squish evenly-coated mixture into a parchment-lined 7×5 pan (or double the recipe for a bigger pan). Squish very, very hard, with a can or something heavy. Either fridge until firm (the no-bake option is firmer if you use coconut oil), or cook 18 minutes, then squish very hard again. Cool in the fridge for at least ten minutes before cutting into bars.

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These bars can be stored at room temp, but if you use coconut oil they’re best kept in the fridge. Or they can even be frozen. The bars thaw very well. Other homemade granola bar recipes:

homemade nature valley granola bar homemade luna bars homemade larabars homemade peanut butter luna bars

(Click on the photos to see the recipes.)

Question of the Day:

Do you wish you were taller?

Or shorter? Or are you happy exactly the way you are? I’m 5’5, and I always wanted to be taller when I was growing up. But now I actually like my average height. My grandpa used to say that you’re tall enough as long as your feet touch the ground. How are grandparents so wise? 🙂

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. These look so chewy an delicious! I need these in my life. Thanks! 🙂

    1. tamber says:

      Made No Bake Quaker Style Chewy Granola Bars Full of Flavour! So Quick&Easy ,also add Cinnamon to Enhance Perfect Recipe,Delicious

  2. Samantha says:

    Ironically I just made the peanut butter pretzel bars last night! These will be fun to try later today. Breaks up my studying.

    I am 5’6″ and pretty fine with that height.

    I went through the time in which I wanted to be the tall, leggy super-model until I had a tall friend who talks about the challenges of being a tall female. 🙂

    Have a great day. I hope your site is recovering from all the traffic!

    I also wished I was shorter for awhile because I had this shorter, “perfect in all ways – LOL” younger sister that got all the attention. THANKFULLY I quickly grew out of that!

    1. Samantha says:

      PS. I put chocolate chips (and broken pretzel) in the peanut butter ones last night. Of course.

    2. I actually don’t get much more traffic on giveaway days (sometimes even less!). I think it’s cause the readers will read anyway, but they don’t comment unless it’s a giveaway. What crashed the site was everyone trying to comment at once.

      Right now I am having the worst time with my inbox. Over 5,000 new emails when I woke up this morning, even after I was deleting them all day yesterday :-?. To be honest, I’m not sure I’ll ever want to do another giveaway of this caliber! I was excited because I knew people would love it… but lol TOO MANY people love it ;).

      1. Samantha says:

        Oh my gosh! That is a LOT of new e-mail. Even on busier work related sites I have done I have never had to deal with that much.

        That would be rough. You almost need to outsource the giveaway. 🙂 That is a good point about less traffic too. I pretty much got in, commented, and left the site alone because it was slow loading. 🙂

        OK. If that is normal traffic I am glad there is not normally all those comments because I love reading the comments!

        1. I love reading them too! This is making me so sad, because there’s so much in my inbox that I can’t even find the comments from other posts right now. I really hope no one has an immediate question. I can’t delete the emails fast enough… as I delete a row, another row pours in! Haha I think I need to hire someone to just sit there and delete emails for me :).

          1. Georgia says:

            Maybe you can create a “rule” (should be somewhere in your email settings) to siphon off all the giveaway emails into another folder. It really is simple to implement, just set a keyword like “giveaway” or something that identifies the emails that will come in response to that post, and create a folder for them to divert into.

          2. Thank you! I actually told my roommate this morning that I wished there were some way to filter them out, but I didn’t think there really was a way. Now I’m going straight to check it out in my settings :).

          3. Kathryn says:

            Next time just ask people to put a specific subject line, like “Vitamix Giveaway.” Then set up a rule or filter – as Georgia says – to automatically pull anything with that subject in its own folder/label. Super easy and keeps your inbox clean. And anyone who can’t read the rules well enough to put the proper subject line gets deleted. 😉

            (Also be aware that Facebook has very strict rules about promotions – you can’t enter a contest just by liking a page or leaving a comment, for example – you have to use their app – https://www.facebook.com/page_guidelines.php )

          4. cck says:

            I just did it! Hoping it works :).

            And for the facebook thing, I actually don’t want people to enter through facebook at all! They keep doing it, and I keep writing on my wall, “PLEASE DO NOT ENTER through facebook!” lol

          5. Got it! Indebted to you forever, Georgia! 🙂

          6. Georgia says:

            Great! Does this give me extra points in the giveaway? 😀 Just kidding.

            Nah, just find some way to invent a magic self-replenishing box of fudge babies …no matter how many I make, they just seem to all disappear before the end of the day!

          7. Haha hey I think you should get extra entries for that. You saved me a huge headache. I wouldn’t be against it if you happened to enter 2 more times (I’d say ten, but other readers might yell at me!)

            (This was meant as a reply to your comment above, but stupid wordpress won’t let me do more than 10 nested comments. Boo.)

      2. B.J. Wallace says:

        Katie,
        I have tried several of your recipes and my family and I love them however, I would like to make these for a group of 50 students and am curious as to how cooking them in larger batches will affect the outcome. Any comments or suggestions would be welcome

  3. Chewy Granola Bars remind me of my childhood. My mom would buy them all the time to throw in our lunches or to eat a couple for breakfast. Obviously they aren’t the most nutritious snack/meal so I love seeing your healthier version of them.

    1. Samantha says:

      This made me laugh because we could have the standard (crunchy ones) but when the chewy ones came out I remember I wanted them bad (especially the chocolate chip ones) and was denied! 🙂

      I think the first time I got to try a chocolate chip chewy one was from my Grammy. She would also buy me honey nut cheerios when I stayed over. She was my sugar partner in crime! 🙂

  4. Oh, yum! I love making my own granola bars–I would probably make these without the rice krispies since I tend to prefer mine chewy with no crunch! 🙂

  5. rita c says:

    Hi Katie,

    I’ve tried to make the Copycat Nature Valley Granola Bars with maple syrup (I was out of Agave) and they turned out great! really delicious and crispy! I’ve also made another batch using whey protein (in place of oat flour) and the result was delicious too!!

    This weekend I’ll be making one replacing coconut oil for pb! 🙂

    Thank you so much for sharing! These bars are amazingggg 🙂

    1. Definitely report back on the pb experiment! 🙂

  6. Arielle says:

    Oh yes, I’ve been wanting to make a granola bar recipe like this for a long time! Thank you!

    I’m 5’9.5, pretty tall for a girl. When I was little I wished I was shorter, but now I love my height 🙂

  7. Girl, I want to be taller!!!!!!!!!! I’m barely 5 feet tall, and I just want to be 5’3. Maybe I’ll hit a growth spurt here soon…that usually happens at the age of 27, right?

    These bars look delicious!

    1. LOL! Hey, you never know. Maybe they’ll come out with some magic vitamin or something ;).

    2. Georgia says:

      Me too!! I’m something like a quarter inch less than 5 feet (I always round up my height up to 5 feet, though, of course!)…but hey, not many people like us can attain 5 feet and keep to it…they just keep right on growing taller!

  8. Homemade granola bars make great snacks and GIFTS! I love this! 🙂 ….I’m 5’10 and I’m okay with it. A 1/2 in taller would be okay but I’m thankful for my height- especially since the husband isn’t tall at all- it gives our kiddos a chance to be average size….

  9. Kelly says:

    Ooo these granola bars look fantastic and your pictures are making me want them even more! Great recipe! 🙂

  10. chewy granola bars are my favourite! these look delicious.

    I’m 5’10” and always wanted to be shorter when growing up. My friend were all around 5’2″, haha. But when I started getting older I became thankful for my height. It’s also what allowed me to model, which was a really cool experience. So, while I used to wish to be shorter, I’m happy with my height now 🙂

  11. Rachel says:

    Hey katie! I was wondering. Can you make oat flour with a magic bullet or a blender? Or does it have to be a food processor?
    Also, I am 5’8” and i absolutely LOVE my height:) Although my critera for a man seceretly is that he has be taller than me with heels on haha.

    1. You can use a Magic Bullet!! 🙂

      1. Rachel says:

        thanks so much!!!:)

        1. This is my criteria too – let me tell you, we get such a smaller pool to choose from haha! But I have dated a guy who was 5’9″ (too short), 6’7″ (too tall) and 6″4 (just right, though on the tall side). I basically have narrowed it down to 6’1″-6″4″. Yeah, that’s not a small pool at all 😉 haha!

          1. In high school, I got to date a really cute guy who was 5’6. Muahahaha the benefits of being short ;).

            Then again, who cares if he’s shorter than you? Look at Tom Cruise (weird couch antics aside). They’re such a cute family… mainly because the little girl is so cute!

  12. Juliana says:

    Ooh, these look good! 😀
    I think I know what I’ll be doing this weekend…
    I’m 5’5 too, and I’m pretty sure I’ve stopped growing. I’m comfortable with my height! At least there are always heels if I have a momentary change of heart…

  13. Anika says:

    Thank you for posting! I am about to leave the country for a few weeks and needed a recipe for on the go breakfast bars to bring with me, since american cereal products are so expensive abroad! cheers!

  14. Lauren says:

    I’m 5’9″ and I wish every day that I was shorter. 🙂

  15. Anika says:

    how can i lower the sugar content and increase the protein content? I know to add nuts and just use less sugar, but what are your suggestions on how much exactly?

    1. Sorry, I’ve only tried them as written.

    2. Alanna says:

      Try subbing PB for some of the sweetener! Should help it stick together and will defintely up the protein content!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Yea! A healthy soft granola bar for my kids lunches!

  17. Tiffany says:

    Hey Katie,

    I love granola bars! Cant wait to try this recipe 🙂

    In a post last month you mentioned that you had news to share…just wondering when you’d share? I’m excited because i think its book deal!

    I also want to make your candied brussels sprouts. Do you dry roast them and do they burn without any oil in the over. (I want to add coconut oil after roasting but I don’t want them to burn in the oven).

    Thank you!!

    1. Samantha says:

      I highly recommend the brussels sprouts. I bought more last night to do another batch.

      Anyway the dry roasting process worked fine for me! There were some blackened leaves floating around that I actually liked eating but other than that no burning. I would check on them on occasion and poke them for “done-ness.” I honestly can’t remember how long mine took.

    2. Oddly enough, I was actually going to post about it today! But then I got swamped with that darn giveaway, which is eating up way more time than I’d planned :(. So I still need to write the post. But I will be very upset with myself if it’s not up sometime this month!!

  18. Jenny D says:

    I am 5’8 and have always wished I was taller! I have been friends with my husbands cousin since high school and she is about 5’10, 5’11. I was always so jealous! For the most part she loves her height. She hated all the stupid comments high school boys made but most loved her long legs.

    I don’t have long legs, I get a lot of height from my torso which has its advantages, too. But now that I am older and so much wiser 😉 I don’t really worry about that stuff anymore, I just like to look the best I can with what I was given!

  19. Kelly J. R. says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe!!! My husband is addicted to granola bars. I’m trying to get him to stop eating so many but now if I make these, at least he’ll be eating something that doesn’t contain scary ingredients!

    PS – I feel like I’m just the right height at 5’8″

  20. I want to stay the exact same height that I am (nearly 5’6”). I think my height is juuuust right!

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