Homemade S’mores Granola Bars – like a combination of a chewy granola bar and a rice crispy treat!
As a kid, I used to love Quaker Chewy Granola Bars.
Their s’mores flavor was always my hands-down favorite. With mini chocolate chips and gooey marshmallows in each bite, those granola bars would instantly make me forget I was in the school cafeteria and not sitting around a campfire.
This is my homemade version of the classic packaged s’mores bars – with a much shorter and cleaner ingredient list!
If you’re wondering why I’d want to create my own granola bars instead of just buying the ones from the store, the biggest reason is that you get to control the ingredients when you make your own. My version has just a handful of ingredients and can be gluten-free, vegan, and 100% whole-grain, without all the artificial flavors and corn syrup found in the packaged version.
Homemade vs. Packaged Granola Bars – Comparison
Quaker Chewy S’mores Granola Bars: Granola, Brown Sugar, Crisp Rice, Whole Grain Rolled Wheat, Soybean Oil, Whole Wheat Flour, Sodium Bicarbonate, Soy Lecithin, Caramel Color, Nonfat Dry Milk, Corn Syrup, Brown Rice Crisp, Semisweet Chocolate Chips, Sugar, Dehydrated Marshmallows, Corn Syrup Solids, Invert Sugar, Glycerin, Graham Cookie Pieces (Sugar, Whole Wheat Flour, Wheat Flour, Canola Oil, Honey Powder, Sodium Bicarbonate, Salt, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavor), Contains 2% or Less of Soybean Oil, Sorbitol, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Water, Molasses, Soy Lecithin, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Creamed Coconut, BHT (Preservative), Citric Acid.
Homemade Chewy S’mores Granola Bars: Rolled oats, rice crispies, salt, baking soda, unsweetened applesauce mini chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, oat flour, oil, agave or honey, pure vanilla extract
(View the video, above)
These homemade s’mores chewy granola bars are portable, easy to make, and there’s even a no-bake option.
To make them vegan, just be sure to use vegan chocolate chips and mini marshmallows. I made my mini marshmallows even smaller (mini mini marshmallows!) by cutting them up with scissors to more closely resemble the size of ones in Quaker’s version.
Chewy S’mores Granola Bars
Adapted from my Healthy Granola Bars
Chewy S’mores Granola Bars
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup rice crispies (brown, white, or gf)
- 1/2 cup mini marshmallows, such as Dandies vegan, diced
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips, or as desired
- 3/4 cup oat flour, or process oats in a blender to make your own
- 1/4 cup melted coconut or veg oil, or nut butter of choice
- 1/2 cup raw agave or honey
- 3 tbsp sugar of choice OR pinch pure stevia
- 1/4 cup applesauce or mashed banana
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment. Set aside. (If you want to bake the bars, preheat oven to 350 F.) Stir together first 7 ingredients. Add remaining ingredients, and stir well. Smooth firmly into the prepared pan, using a second sheet of parchment to really press it down. For no-bake bars, chill until firm. (The no-bake option is also firmer if you use coconut oil.) For baked bars, cook on the center rack 18 minutes, then press down very firmly again. Let cool completely before cutting into bars. I pressed a few extra mini chips and marshmallow pieces into the tops for presentation. Edit: while the oil or nut butter can technically be omitted (and was also accidentally left out of the video), replacing it with a combination of additional applesauce and sweetener will result in cake-y bars.
More Healthy “No Bake” Recipes:
Clean Eating Almond Butter Fudge
Oatmeal Chocolate No Bake Bars
Cassie Autumn Tran says
Those Quaker chocolate chip marshmallow bars used to be my favorite afternoon snacks! I could easily eat three or four–even more if I was super hungry! I bet your take on it is even more amazing though!
Yum! These bring me straight back to elementary school – I had a chewy bar in my lunch everyday!
Paige Flamm says
These bars look amazing! You did an awesome job!
Question. In the directions it says 3/4c. oat flour, or blend oats to make your own. So do we blend 3/4c of oats and the amount we get is enough OR what amount of oats do we blend to get the 3/4c. of oat flour? Does that make sense?
Jason Sanford says
Hi, you would blend oats and then measure out 3/4 cup flour after blending.
Would it make much difference if I used more oats instead of rice cereal?
I think it would definitely make a difference. The oats aren’t crunchy, just plain chewy. The crunchiness and emptiness of the cereal likely adds to the chewiness of the granola bar.
You don’t show adding any oil in video. Do you have to add all the extra ingredients you don’t show in video if you want to bake them in oven?
I think you only have to add the oil if you’re planning to chill them, because coconut oil firms up in the fridge.
Chocolate Covered Katie says
I am so sorry about that. I must have somehow deleted that slide in the video while editing… the oil should be in both versions! You could technically leave it out, but you’d have to add more sweetener in to make up the difference. (I wouldn’t sub oil with more applesauce, because then the bars would be cake-y… unless that is what you’re going for!)
Anyway, editing the post, and I’m so sorry about the mistake.
I’m not really sure how you got 167 calories on your nutrition facts. I got over 200 (and used stevia instead of sugar, peanut butter instead of oil, and cut the bars into 12). It’s not a huge deal to me because I’m not really concerned with calories, but I do think it would be helpful if you included a screen shot of the ingredient list you used when calculating the nutrition facts to help make sense of these descriptions (I see a lot of comments on your recipes with similar differences in nutrition facts). Just something to think about. Thanks for the amazing recipes; these bars were delicious!
We’ve been making you recipes in the Easy Bake Oven – they are coming out great! This one is a favorite. In case anyone else does this, it does rise slightly during cooking, so make sure and underfill the pan 🙂
When you say chill them, do you mean freeze or fridge? As well, do the marshmallows melt in the oven?
Jason Sanford says
Fridge is fine. They don’t melt completely – only enough to be nice and gooey.
Thanks! I made them in the fridge and I’m not sure I love the rawness so I think I might place them into the oven for a bit. I hope that the marshmallows don’t melt. Here’s a straight from the fridge pic.