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Quaker Style Chewy Granola Bars

Are you looking for a good granola bar recipe?chewy granola bars

This recipe won’t disappoint.

These delightfully chewy granola barsΒ 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. πŸ™‚

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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 StyleΒ Chewy Granola Bars

(Can be gluten-free)

  • 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 barsΒ thaw very well. Other homemade granola bar recipes:

homemade nature valley granola barΒ homemade luna barsΒ homemade larabarsΒ homemade peanut butter luna bars

(Click on the photos to see the recipes.)

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? πŸ™‚

Published on May 17, 2012

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  1. 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. πŸ™‚

    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!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      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 ;).

      • 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. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚

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

        • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

          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 :).

          • 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.

          • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

            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 :).

          • 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. πŸ˜‰

            (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 – )

          • 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

          • Georgia says

            Great! Does this give me extra points in the giveaway? πŸ˜€ 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!

          • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

            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.)

      • B.J. Wallace says

        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

  2. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries says

    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.

    • 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! πŸ™‚

      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! πŸ™‚

  3. 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! πŸ™‚

    Thank you so much for sharing! These bars are amazingggg πŸ™‚

  4. 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 πŸ™‚

  5. Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles says

    Homemade granola bars make great snacks and GIFTS! I love this! πŸ™‚ ….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….

  6. Char @ says

    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 πŸ™‚

  7. 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.

  8. Juliana says

    Ooh, these look good! πŸ˜€
    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…

  9. 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!

  10. 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?

  11. Tiffany says

    Hey Katie,

    I love granola bars! Cant wait to try this recipe πŸ™‚

    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!!

    • 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.

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      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!!

  12. 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 πŸ˜‰ I don’t really worry about that stuff anymore, I just like to look the best I can with what I was given!

  13. 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″

  14. Christina says

    I’m 5’11” and I LOVE being tall! I feel super confident in myself, though it’s sometimes hard to buy jeans that are long enough. But tall girls need hearty snacks, and this one looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it out!

  15. Jessica says

    These are very similar to the ones I make for my kids school lunches but I used puffed quinoa instead of rice krispies. Love the flavor! Mine doesn’t used coconut oil so I’m super excited to make them with that!

    • Samantha says

      OK, I HAVE to know if you puff your own quinoa. I want to put puffed in chocolate but all that I have read about puffing (popping) your own looks like a disaster. πŸ™‚

      • Rachel says

        Jessica, thank you for the suggestion of doing puffed quinoa instead of rice krispies. I didn’t have any rice krispies and never would have thought of doing the quinoa! It turned out awesome in the granola bars!

        Samantha, I know it’s been a couple weeks since you asked your question. Thought I’d let you know where I found the “recipe” for the quinoa.
        It was actually pretty easy. Just added another step to the granola bar process.

  16. Anat says

    Those bars look amazing! Going to try them pretty soon πŸ™‚

    As for your question- I don’t remember having an issue with my hight growing up, however sometimes today I do wish to have few more inches (I’m 5.05 feet). Any way, my moto for my hight is- good thing comes in small packages πŸ˜‰

  17. Anna @ The Guiltless Life says

    I LOVE these. I can already see how I can stir some protein powder into the mix to really power them up as an after-workout snack too ;).

    I have always wanted to be shorter (I’m just under 5’8″). I don’t know why, because I actually like my height and am starting to embrace it. I think I just always ended up being friends with people who were tiny, like 5’1″ or 5’2″ and I just felt self-conscious and LARGE next to them. But now I’m really owning it, and wearing heels more often which is a big thing for me too!

  18. Jeanna says

    I’m making these today!! My husband refuses to eat the store bought ones now that I’ve been making yours. He is very upset when I run out of time to make them!! Might try this as a maple walnut version. I’ll let you know how it turns out!!
    I’m 5′ 2″ and I must admit I wish I was little taller. I feel a little cheated- my little sister is 5’10” and my little brother is 6’3″, at least my 2 older sisters have the same short gene as me!!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Ooh definitely do report back on that! I love anything maple-flavored. πŸ™‚

      My sister stole all the thick hair genes from me, so I know how cheated you feel! (Never mind the fact that I was born before her… ;))

  19. Leslie @ healthybybalance says

    Why yes…yes I was looking for a granola bar recipe! Thanks for asking! These look perfect.

    I was always tall and skinny so I wanted to be shorter. Now I’m fine with it. Kinda nice to be able to reach the tall stuff!

  20. Jen says

    Haha I was going to do the cooked version, but I couldn’t stop eating them and so I gave up! They’re awesome!!!
    Way better than the ones I’ve had from Quaker. Way way better.

    *Runs off to eat some more!*

  21. Teghan Noyes says

    Did you know that you are a mind reader? I spent the morning trying to find a recipe exactly like this — a chewy nutritious granola bar without all the oddball ingredients. Then I turn around and you have posted EXACTLY what I was looking for! Yay!! These are being made pronto — and I see many flavor variations coming to my kitchen soon :o)

  22. Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola says

    Omigosh these look delicious and totally remind me of being a kid and eating granola bars all the time! I’d love to make this healthy version! As for height I wish I was a little shorter. I’m not tall (only a little over 5’4″) but I wear 5 inch heels every single day which puts me about 5’9″ or 5’10″… aka I need a tall boy who can keep up with my heel wearing habits!

  23. Yvonne says

    I am jumping up and making these immediately, thank you! Still looking for a granola bar that my sensory boy will eat… he is a good eater flavour-wise, but is texture sensitive. He does like your chocolate date cashew ball recipe, but more so if I press them in a pan, cut them into squares and call them brownies! πŸ˜‰ Kids are so funny.

    As for my height, I am 5’2″ and don’t mind being small, except for functionally… reaching things high up, and it’s annoying holding/opening large jars with small hands!

  24. Leslie says

    Katie, this recipe ROCKS!
    I am a sucker for granola bar recipes, and I can’t tell you how many I’ve made from online sources (which I won’t name!) that suck! But I knew that CCK’s recipe wouldn’t fail me, and so I tried one more time and guess what… It didn’t fail me!!! Thank you a million times over for your amazingness. Please get that cookbook out soon. I want to buy a hundred copies ;).

  25. Stephanie says

    Yep- these are looking at me right in the eye! I am going to make these with my son! As a mom I really appreciate your healthy sweets- because everyone loves treats, just now what they do to you or what they are usually made of. Shared 3 links before the crash- people were so excited about your site! πŸ™‚

  26. Sonyanijntje says

    You granolabars look great :P.
    I don’t complain about my height, I’m quite tall I guess. I’m 180 cm (that 5’9″??), and I’m happy with that πŸ˜€ . I don’t wish to be shorter (No no no no), but I don’t have to be taller either, now my height is a perfect round number (in cm). ;P

  27. Sarah says

    Just wanted to tell you, your photos are my favorite of any blog :).
    And now I want to make granola bars.

    • tamber says

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

  28. Sophie says

    Looks great (as always) ! I used to be really into granola bars, but now I’ve grown away from them, what with the absurdly long lists of ingredients I don’t know. Maybe these are just what i need!

    Also, I have 3 recipe requests! First of all, could you post, or give me, the recipe for that red velvet fudge cake that you were thinking of posting earlier? It sounded really good. I’d also be really happy if you considered thinking up a healthy brownie cookie recipe (like these: And of course I am always open to more single serving recipes. I think i probably make at least one of those a day now!

    • cck says

      Hi Sophie!

      When do you need the recipe by? I *might* post it next week, but I haven’t figured out the schedule yet. If I don’t get around to posting it next week, you can always email me: chocolatecoveredkatie at msn. And I can send it to you!

      • Sophie says

        I don’t need it by any specific time. If you get around to posting it next week, great! If you don’t, that’s fine too. I just thought it sounded good and was excited to make it!

  29. natalie @ southern fit foodie says

    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!

    • 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!

  30. LizAshlee says

    I love me some good chewy homemade bars…YUM! They are great for a snack and sometimes even better as a treat!

  31. Kristen @ notsodomesticated says

    I often joke about wanting to be taller (I’m 5’3 … and 3/4 haha). But I kinda actually like being short. Except for the fact that I have a short torso … I wish that would stretch out a little so that my tummy will look flatter!! πŸ˜‰

  32. Megan says

    This looks great- my first thought was to use Kashi Go Lean cereal in place of the rice krispies. I’m not a vegan and have no idea if Go Lean is…but it would raise the protein and fiber content slightly. πŸ™‚ As usual you rock Katie. As far as height goes…I’m 5’1 (on a good day) and don’t mind being short except for the extra $$ spent on getting pants altered.

  33. Karis says

    Katie I heard a terrible thing today, i need you to please discredit this for me. Someone said Agave is similar to the unhealthy-ness that is high fructose corn syrup because what we buy in stores is so overly processed it loses health value. Do you know anything about this??

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      I have heard that too. I know a lot of people think agave is better than sugar, but I never believed that anyways… I always looked at it as just another form of sugar, no worse or better.

      But I also did hear that raw agave is supposedly better. There are certain brands? Honestly, I don’t eat much of it so I don’t really pay attention to the hype either way ;).

      • Jamie says

        she talks a lot about why agave isn’t good for you (it’s number 1 on the list), so i try to steer clear of it (although it’s in SO MANY “health” foods). i’m sure, like sugar, a little of it wouldn’t hurt, but then again i’m pretty sure my metabolism hates me. πŸ™‚ so it kind of forces me into super-health.

        i do wonder if the raw is any different though? i don’t think she ever specifies…at least not that i’ve seen. hope that helps!

  34. Regina says

    I NEED to make these. I’m allergic to raw fruits and veggies so it can make snacking on the run difficult. I usually end up grabbing some cookies.

  35. Guest says

    Wow, those bars look great! I’ll have to give them a shot. c:

    I actually don’t really wish I were taller, per say.. although I wouldn’t mind an extra inch or two on my 5’3 self, haha. πŸ˜‰ I just wish I were more /proportionate/. You see, I have a very short, practically nonexistent, torso/midsection/whatever. Not only does it make me look stumpy, it also makes it a bit of a challenge to find nice fitting and flattering shirts – most shirts I buy could be a dress on me sadly!

  36. Mikayla says

    Hey Katie! I just came across your blog and I love it. I’m 16 and I’ve been vegan for awhile now, I also started a blog that has vegan recipes but focuses more on mental & physical health ( I hope my blog can one day be full-time as well! I love your chocolate filled recipes.. keep it up πŸ™‚

    • Shannon Taggart says

      Wow! Way to go Mikayla! I just checked out your site and it is fantastic. You are a fantastic writer, I can’t believe you are 16 years old. Keep up the great work!

  37. Megan says

    Hey Katie! These look great…I can’t wait to try them out later tonight πŸ™‚ I have a quick question for you, since I know you like to run. I’m also a runner, and I was wondering if you found you had a lot more energy after adopting a vegan diet. I already eat a very healthy and natural diet, but I’ve been considering a vegan diet for a while now since I’ve been feeling kind of “blah” on my workouts and races, and I’ve heard a lot of positive reviews about it. Plus all my favorite stuff happens to be vegan anyway, so it’d be a pretty easy adjustment. Just wondering if you noticed a difference specifically in your running?

    By the way, I LOVE your blog. I check it out at least once a day. If I had my own blog, I feel like it would be extremely similar (which is why I love it so much) Thanks for updating it so often πŸ™‚

  38. Shandee says

    This sounds like the perfect snack to make with my kiddos after school tomorrow. Which type of oats do I use, old fashioned or quick? Thanks for all your amazing recipes!

  39. crystal says

    ME! I’ve been looking for a good granola bar recipe. I have a couple I want to try, but I can probably make these TONIGHT without having to go the grocery store! Well…can you sub quick oats for rolled, b/c that’s all I have right now… :-/ I’ve wanted to make healthy granola bars for my son, hoping it would get him to eat more breakfast…(or even just a healthier snack!). Thanks!

      • Samantha says

        I did do my half quick oats and half steel cut or whatever the full ones are. Anyway didn’t seem to break anything. πŸ™‚

        I accidentally forgot the additional sugar 1-2 tablespoons additional sugar and also added coconut (unsweetened). Mine were very mildly sweet and very good. I did bake them – this time…

  40. Holli says

    Making these today! I have all the ingredients. I’m going to add some cocoa and dried cherries and use these chocolate rice krispies I’ve been waiting to use.

  41. Denelle says

    I just made a batch of these. This one is a keeper! I used the pumpkin, but next time I’ll try the applesauce and chocolate chips for the kids’ version. Mmm… and maybe the shredded coconut… These are way better tasting than the store-bought, and I can spell all of the ingredients (and a third fewer calories to boot).

  42. Hannah says

    I just made these! So delicious! Except i used protein powder instead of flour to make them protein granola bars! Perfect healthy breakfast on the go! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      I love your idea to use protein powder! When I finally find a protein powder I actually like, I’ll definitely have to try your idea. I still have high hopes for Sun Warrior (which I’ve yet to try). πŸ™‚

      • Juliana says

        Have you tried Aria women’s protein powder? It’s really good! They have a chocolate version and a vanilla one. I’m 98% sure it’s vegan…

        • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

          I haven’t. I think I’ve seen it at Kroger, though, so maybe I’ll have to spring for it. I wish more companies sold small trial packets of protein powder. That’s the main reason I haven’t gone ahead and ordered the Sun Warrior. I don’t want to waste $40 if it’s not even good!

          • Juliana says

            That would be perfect! The companies might get a lot more business. πŸ™‚
            At the Kroger here, they’re about $10-12 a can. I can only vouch for the vanilla one, though. But I think you might be leaning more towards the chocolate! πŸ™‚

  43. Sunnie says

    Those bars look wonderful! I used to love Quaker bars when I was little . . . especially the S’mores ones . . . However, we never actually bought them because they were a little too sugar-laden, and Mommy didn’t like that! πŸ˜‰ I’ll have to make your version – yummy yummy!

    I actually kind of like my height – I’m 5’10, and I like to wear platform/high heeled shoes that have at least a 3-4 inch heel . . . so, the shoes boost my height up to around 6’2. It’s nice because I can always reach the stuff on the top shelf in Wal*Mart, or Whole Foods (I’ve been asked by little old ladies to reach them stuff. Awwwe, so cute!), or whereever. It’s funny being about as tall as a lot of guys . . . πŸ˜‰

  44. Beth H @ Gardens and Garlic says

    These look delicious!

    I used to want to be shorter (I’m 5’11”). But as I got older (and heavier) I decided I wasn’t overweight, I was undertall…lol. Now I am thinking I am just perfect and am also working on not being overweight (45 lbs. gone so far!). Thanks for the wonderful recipes that are helping me get healthy!

  45. Stephanie H. says

    I am so excited to try these! This is a great recipe to do with my 5 year old. He will love picking out all sorts of good stuff to mix in. I wonder what creation he will come up with? Thank you! (I am hoping to convince him of dark chocolate, tart cherries, and coconut!)

      • Stephanie H. says

        They are in the oven now! Dark chocolate, tart cherries, coconut, roasted pumpkin seeds, cashews, and walnuts. Yep, my boy has good taste. Licking the bowl tells me these are going to rock!

  46. Jenny says

    Looks yummy!!

    I too am a shorty. 5 feet 1 and a 1/2 inches!! Can not forget that half!! But I did not mind it growing up. Being a gymnast I am actually tall!! Not a gymnast these days though. I am a runner so the longer legs would be nice for that!

  47. Albizia says

    I hate it when sweets stare at me so I just eat them πŸ˜› .

    It is probably hard to believe but I am 5’10” and there were many times I wished I were taller. I am not sure why. Moving to Japan sorta solved my problem πŸ˜€ .

  48. Laura S. says

    I would win this staring contest – I’d just eat their heads off. Wait, what? Nom, nom, nom.

    I’m 5’6” and I love my height. I’ve been told by many people that I have the perfect proportions on my body – meh…I hope they’re right. πŸ™‚ I’m excited to try these!

  49. NessyS says

    I just went and measured myself! I really had no idea how tall I was in cms or feet & inches! It appears I am 5″10 and I wish I was a wee bit shorter as my husband is probably about 5″11 and I would love, love, love to wear heels with him around! I just like him (and he probably does too) to be taller than me.

    CCK – Sweetie/others – do you think it would be ok to sub maple syrup for the honey? Honey is not so good for my tum apparently. These sound goods – I too have been searching for a good “granola bar” recipe (here in Aust we would call them “muesli bars”) for a while – in fact I was thinking about popping in a request for one – once again Katie dear, you deliever the goods (and read minds!) xxx

    • NessyS says

      Oops! Just read notes in the nutritional bit about subs – I’ll try the maple syrup and report back!!

    • Hayle says

      Yes yes yes! It works with maple syrup! I tried them last night. I also made them with banana instead of applesauce, 3/4 cup steel cut oats and the rest quick oats and I used olive oil instead of coconut/veggie oil. Oh and I knew this recipe would be good so I doubled it. And it made about 21 nice bars (I pressed them down super hard in the pan). They weren’t as big as regular ones so I would probably eat two.

      Anyway, thanks for the fantastic recipe Katie!

  50. Jen says

    Great timing for this recipe! I keep looking online for good granola bar recipes, and this one looks yummy!

  51. Katie @ Nutrition in a Peanut Shell says

    I must express shock- I can’t believe you’re only 5′ 5″! You always look closer to 5′ 7″ or 5′ 8″ in your pictures. I’m only 5′ 4″- it’s the average height but I still feel very very short haha

  52. Mandie says

    Well, I’m 5’6 (and a 1/2 inch – can’t forget that!) but for most of my life I’ve wanted to be 5’10.
    My height is a little above average, and I’m am glad for that.
    I’m learning to be content with the way I am, so now, yes, I am fine with my height!

      • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

        Yes :).
        I’ve been submitting to them a lot less frequently simply because of lack of time, so I have a whole bunch of photos I still need to submit. But definitely I will try these at some point. It’s always exciting when foodgawker takes a photo.

  53. Jessica says

    It’s funny, whenever my friend and I want a break from studying, we would decide to make granola, and it’s always the same granola–peanut butter, oats, and rice krispies (well sometime chex mex, whatever the cafeteria had lol). We would literally scoop huge amounts of peanut butter into a paper cup, and fill up another paper cup with cereal, take stuff like bananas and apples and try not to look suspicious carrying arms full of food out of the cafeteria.

    Made this for my bro to take to school, and now he says he wants to be vegan because vegan food is so delicious. xD Kudos!!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      lol! I remember those days too… Luckily they allowed you to take to-go boxes from the dining halls when I went to Bryn Mawr, but I’ve heard that they stopped that now and you’re not allowed to take ANYthing out of the cafeteria! πŸ™

  54. Jaana says

    I cant wait to try this one..i love homemade granola bars because they’re free of all the trans fats and other awful ingredients. these look tasty!!

    I’m 5’10 and learning to love it now πŸ™‚

  55. mrsluckypants says

    For some reason when I saw this I thought about dried strawberries and pretzels as a combo for this. I’m dreaming about strawberry pretzel dessert I guess.

    Just wondering if you can answer a few questions about stevia? What brand do you use? Is the liquid or powder better? Is it possible to substitute one for another? I notice sometimes you use liquid and sometimes you mention packets. In my area I’ve only found liquid and a container of stevia, but not packets. How much is in a packet? The brand I found is not very good so I’m looking for some alternatives. Thanks for your help!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      I really like NuNaturals because it has no aftertaste. I usually use the pure stevia; the packets aren’t actually 100% stevia, so it’s impossible to say how much stevia is in a packet. They measure 1/2 tsp, but it’s not all stevia. But if you can’t find NuNaturals you can always order online. It’s seriously so much better than any of the other brands I’ve tried :).

  56. Raquel says

    You can get plastic surgery for almost anything…except to get taller. I’m 5’2 and if there were a surgery that would add about 3″, I’d be all over that!
    These granola bars look delicious! I love that you use the same ingredients in most of your recipes because I always have them in stock from an earlier recipe. Making these tomorrow!

  57. Megan says

    You’ve got me beat, I’m only 5’4″…and that’s rounding up!!! I always thought the average height for a woman was taller, but 5’5″ is pretty much the standard. I saw a shirt once that said, “I’m not short…I’m FUN-SIZED!” Considering it’s a reference to chocolate, I thought you might appreciate it πŸ˜‰

  58. Ashley says

    Ok so I definitely need to try this! I have been wanting to make my own bars. I have been buying some to see what kinds I like and want to try to make at home. I really want to try making the Odwalla Chocowalla bar at home. Have you tried it?! It is chocolate heaven. I wonder if this recipe could be similar to the texture of that, I may have to try it. Or will need you to try to make one for me as soon as you have time after this giveaway dies down. lol Thank you for all the awesome recipes. I don’t usually comment, but I want you to know I appreciate all your hard-work!

  59. Sabrina says

    I wrote thus as a reply in your last post but didnt think you got it, so i difured i would repost here as it is more pertinent to this recipe:

    Katie, is the pure uncut stuff 100% stevia extract? I’ve got a bottle (it is a powder) from Trader Joe’s with the label β€œ100% stevia extract” that I have never used and I always wonder if that is what you are referring to when you mention β€œuncut” stevia in your recipes? If not, then what is it and where can I find it?

    P.S. I wanted to tell you that you look absolutely gorgeous in your mother’s day photo with your mom!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Sorry, I’m way behind in answering qs. I woke up to 5000 new emails last night :(. (Sadly, that’s not an exaggeration.)

      Yes, uncut means 100%. You can tell if the only ingredient is stevia. It’s very hard to measure, which is why they add other ingredients to the packets. One serving is just 1/32 tsp! πŸ˜‰

      And thank you so much!!! πŸ™‚

  60. Kiersten says

    Yum! I subbed the oil with peanut butter and more applesauce. They turned out great! nice and soft. They were gone within 2 hours. My family looooved them πŸ˜€

    Haha, and yeah! I always want to be 5’7. Never quite made it though(5’5)

    • Emma says

      These were awesome! Thanks Katie!

      And now I think I’ll have to make another batch tomorrow (cuz mine are all gone)! I’m going to try the pb suggestion from the person above me. πŸ™‚

  61. Taylor says

    Made these today and I will never eat another store bought granola bar in my life! I used Trader Joe’s “Shredded Spoonfuls” cereal instead of rice krispies and added dried cranberries, walnuts, and a good dash of cinnamon. Love love love.

  62. Stephanie W says

    Yum! I just made these using peanut butter instead of coconut oil, and they turned out great! Also, I didn’t have oat flour so I replaced it with ground up cheerios and and used maple syrup instead of agave…added dark chocolate covered raisins and cranberries, and they taste wonderful! Thanks for the recipe!

  63. Julia @ theBackLoop says

    I wanted to be taller for a long time. And even though I truly do love all my 60″ of my height-I occasionally still wish I were a bit closer to “average.”. Especially when I’m in a crowd…all I see are shoulders :-/

    One of the reasons I’ve never really liked going to concerts. That said, I mostly just love being 5’0″ tall. My husband is 6′ so he gets the stuff off of the top shelves for me πŸ˜‰

  64. Sara says

    These granola bars look great, I am going to make them for a nice pre/post workout snack. By the way, Katie, I love all of your recipes!!! You are so awesome
    I also wanted to say that I am about 6’2″ and I love my height πŸ™‚ I think it makes me unique and I always stand out (literally) Its super hard to find clothes and all but sometimes I am just happy with what I have been blessed with.

  65. Lou Ann Mallon says

    Oh my gosh – I want to try these. I love crunchy granola bars best ~ wonder what I could do to make them a little crunchy instread of chewy??

  66. Hannah Mattil says

    Hey! I made these last night for dessert/breakfast. I added chocolate chips and coconut, and they taste pretty good! I also had to use regular flower instead of oat flower since I don’t own a food processor. The only problem that I did have with these bars is that mine turned out way too sweet. I did use sweetened coconut, though, so that might be why. Still, very delicious. Even my vegan food hating father loved them.

  67. Miranda says

    I can’t wait to try this! My little boy has a peanut allergy and it’s hard to find a nut free bar for him, without paying big bucks anyway! I love your site.

  68. Nikki says

    I always wanted to be shorter because my horse was small, but I’m glad to be 5’5″ now. I just want bigger feet.

    • Danielle says

      I’ll trade you!

      I am short! 4’11” to be exact. And I have a size 6.5-7 foot. Insane. Most people my height have around a size 5! Haha!

  69. Lena says

    I actually WAS looking for a good granola bar recipe, and this was wonderful! I made it earlier today and I love it. I used 3 tablespoons of applesauce, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and like half a teaspoon of coconut oil, along with 2 tablespoons of date paste to sweeten it (and the honey). Turned out soooo good, although I think next time I’ll try adding some cinnamon and allspice! πŸ™‚

  70. alyx says

    Made these with EnviroKidz Organic Koala Crisps instead of plain ol’ rice crispies and NOT advertising, just saying, they were fantastic. Katie, if you haven’t tried them, you will love them(they’re chocolate XD )

  71. alyx says

    oh and I always wanted to be tall enough to eat leaves like a giraffe. I would get in trouble for eating spinach at hometown buffet from my hand held up high above my head so I could stretch my neck up and grab it. Good times…

  72. abelle says

    i am about 5’4 and a quarter :p and mostly i’m good with that, but anytime i wish it was different i wish i was a little shorter.
    i love all my 5′ heels though. they’re the best
    ps. when and how will you be announcing the winner of the vita mix??

  73. Suzi says

    I’m 5’5″ and feel the same way, when I used to play basketball in high school I was envious of the taller girls. Two of my best friends are 5’8″ and they always complain that it’s more difficult to find pants if you’re thin and tall, or even date as a female that is even 5’8″. They always have to wear flats to the bars so they don’t scare guys off.

    • Sarah the official CCK drooler says

      LOL!!! I used to think I’d scare guys off by being super shorter than them. But then I saw a pic of Kris Humphries and KIm K. and I relaxed πŸ™‚

  74. Saraquill says

    I’ve mostly made peace with my lack of height. I still like to joke when someone says they want to be taller. “I can fix that. Give me a rope and two cars and I can make you taller.”

  75. Leigh Anne says

    hi, quick question: every time i want to pint a recipe (which is quite often, like today!) I cant find a quick print option for just the recipe — am i missing it?

  76. Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes says

    That’s a really great saying from your grandpa! I’m 5’5 too and I love it. I was always short enough that I never felt awkward on a date but it’s not so short that I had a problem buying clothes! I had a friend in high school that was 5’1 and she had the hardest time finding clothes that fit right. These granola bars looks awesome, I love that they are chewy!

  77. Deanne says

    I’m 4 foot 11 inches tall, even in high heels I’m only about 5′ 2″ or 5′ 3″ so I’m still quite short! I have no waist at all. I’ve never had pants that really fit me, capri’s are like I’ve shrunk my regular pants and regular pants need inches cut off. I wish I was 5′ 7″ so that my legs actually had some length.

  78. Fiona says

    I just had to comment to say how cute and hilarious this post was, with the chocolate chip face staring me in the face (or belly button)!

  79. Sarah says

    I’m 4’8″ and I always wish I was taller. I mean, not that much taller, I wish I were at least 5’0″ since it’s hard to find clothes that fit right but you play the cards you were dealt. Plus kids clothes and shoes are cheaper. The only thing that stinks is that I have to watch everything that I eat because a 5 lb gain on me is a lot different than a 5 lb gain on a tall person!

  80. Anna Akin says

    As soon as this recipe hit my inbox I knew I had to make them. They were delicious, didn’t even have a chance to refrigerate them after baking and the husband had already eaten half. I didn’t use sugar and was nervous about the flavor but they were still great! Thanks for another awesome recipe!

  81. Γ…sa says

    Hi Katie,

    This looks like a great recipe, thank you for posting it! Sorry to bother you with a question as I realise you’re very busy following yesterday’s post, but just wanted to ask whether you have ever tried making granola bars for yourself without agave/honey/syrup and whether the liquid sweetener acts as a binder as well as a sweetener? In other words, if I were to omit the agave/honey, do you think I’d need to replace it with something else to help bind the oats together? I don’t really eat sugar (or agave, honey, etc) and can’t stand the taste of stevia so have grown used to things not tasting sweet, but I’m wondering whether granola bars need something syrup-ey for binding? I was thinking of trying to make them with extra coconut oil instead (as I’m addicted to the stuff!) but just thought I’d check first if you’ve got any advice.
    Thanks! πŸ™‚

    • Guest says

      I’m sorry that I can’t offer you any help, Γ…sa. Though, I just wanted to say that I’m in the same boat as you; I almost never consume any added sugars but was always curious to try things such as homemade granola. Since I’m pretty sure that it needs some sort of sticky sweet thing to bind it together, I’ve never tried out any recipes.

      The only thing I could think of would be maybe to add in equal parts nut/seed butter? I know it’s not quite the same sticky texture, but most nut/seed butters tend to be fairly hearty. Especially if, like me, you pour out the separated oil instead of stirring it back in. I do that with my almond butter and it’s awesome and thick and I swear it tastes like cheese, lol. Anyway, sorry for such a long post! If you or anyone else comes up with a nice substitution, I’d love to know as well!

  82. Jamie says

    oh goodness, well i’m 5’11” so i’ve basically spent my whole life wishing i was shorter (like my friends, who can wear killer heels and still be shorter or the same height as me). i’ve always been taller than EVERYONE. and by everyone, i mean my mom’s entire side of the family, men included (save for one cousin). in fact, i’m taller than most people’s entire family’s that i know. at the age of 26, i finally like being tall, except for the fact that my boyfriend is shorter than me–something i swore i’d never let happen, as shallow as it sounds. i would never break up with him over it because i love him so much, but it does make me feel a lot less…feminine? i guess that’s the right word. so i’ve become pretty impressive at slouching. also, finding flats to dress up in is no easy task! are there no tall designers? lol. i know everyone says to “own your height” or some variation on that, but i have a hard time believing those people would want to be 6’4″ (in heels or otherwise) as a girl. there’s a line, i think. sometimes i just wish i could get all dressed up in heels, go out with my boyfriend, and be shorter than him. but there really are worse things. okay, okay. perspective…

    also these granola bars look phenomenal. πŸ™‚ lol.

  83. Vicki says

    I’m only 5′ 0″ so I would LOVE to be taller. The sad thing is, my twin brother is 6′ 4″!! That’s just not fair. He got his tallness from our grandfathers and I’m short like our grandmothers.

  84. Errin says

    Hi Katie.

    I just found this blog when I was looking for a vegan Greek yogurt recipe. Thank you so much for all the time you put into this. I just got a Blendtec, and have been looking for vegan blender ice cream recipes – your Volume Ice Cream is exactly what I am looking for, and I can’t wait to try the Agar Agar Whipped Cream! (Can you tell I’m into creamy things right now?) I just subscribed, and am so excited to have found the perfect site for me (vegan on Weight Watchers with a killer sweet tooth)!

  85. Errin says

    Oh, and by the way, I also shared your site with a fellow Weight Watcher who just got a Vitamix for Mother’s Day – I hope she enjoys that Spinach Ice Cream!

    I’m 5’8″ and have always wanted to be taller (like my aunt who was a model) or shorter so I could be small and “cute.” But these days I’m happy with my height, especially since I can reach tall shelves!

  86. Vanessa says

    I am 5’1” and always wished to be a few inches taller. Now I have a tall husband {6’1”} who helps me get things from the top shelf. πŸ™‚

  87. auntiecarole says

    Thanks for the granola bar recipe—loved them! They’ll come in handy as a snack on the golf course tomorrow. My height is 5’5″ & pretty happy with that.

  88. CassK says

    Katie – these look delightful! When can we expect that delicious puppy chow recipe? I’ve been waiting o’so impatiently! πŸ™‚

  89. Andrea says

    Grandparents are wise. All the men in my family are tall and the women are short. My grandpa used to say that the shorter you were, the taller you were mentally.. hahah probably tried making me feel better cause I’m only 5″2.

  90. Lex says

    I made these last night and they came out terrific! I love them! But I melted all my wet ingredients in the microwave before I poured them into my dry ingredients and it melted the chocolate chips! Now I have chocolate granola bars! They are still delicious but would you reccomend next time that I let the wet ingredients cool in the fridge before I pour them onto the dry? Or when it would be best to add the chocolate chips?

  91. Sinead says

    Perfect- some of the ingredients in shop bought just go on and on.On the wanting to be taller front – yip I’m 5″5 too and always wanted to be taller,my lil bro is 6″2 but the tall gene gave me a skip-getting over it now tho-ha!

  92. Lauren says

    thanks for the delicious recipe! i haven’t been able to eat quaker granola bars in years, and now that i know all that’s in them, i wouldn’t want to! i made them last night and omitted the rice crispies because i didn’t have them. the taste is amazing – but they didn’t hold together well. i tried the no-bake option, so maybe that’s it – i’ll try to bake them instead next time. you didn’t seem to think the rice crispies were crucial, right?

    thanks for all the great healthy recipes, CCK! πŸ™‚

      • Lauren says

        i used coconut oil! i figured that would make it okay to do the no-bake version. i’ll probably polish off the whole batch in a day or two, so i can try to bake them if you think that makes a difference.

          • Lauren says

            lol maybe not hard enough! next time i will try using a can – when i made them yesterday, i just covered them and pressed down with my hands. but… i can be a little wimpy. πŸ™‚ i’ll try harder next time! thanks for the advice!

  93. Chloe says

    Thanks Katie, I just made these! I put some chocolate chips in, and thought about it…Then I drizzled, *coughs* covered the entire bar with, your PMS chocolate recipe…It was so rich, but so good!

  94. Sarah the official CCK drooler says

    I’m a whopping 5′ 2”. Yeah. How low can you go? I used to be extremely self conscious about it… not so much any more. I mean, why spend your life worrying about and wishing on something you could be? Why not embrace who you are now? I’m not quite 18 yet, so I still have time to grow. But I’m not going to care much. But I AM going to marry a nice tall guy. So my kids will have a fighting chance πŸ™‚

  95. moepurple says

    I just turned 15 and im just under 5 foot 1 πŸ™ yeah I’ve always wished I was taller, especially since my best friend is 5 foot 9! My dad is 6 foot and my mom is 5 foot 5, so maybe I’ll grow?

    Btw- do you ever use your granola and Lara bar recipes as protein bars? (Or would they work as a pre run protein bar?)

  96. Sabrina @ Nutrtiously Sweet says

    These look amazing! I always spend too much money on bars and these you can play with to make different flavors! A must try…now to find brown rice crispies lol

  97. Haylee says

    Very rarely do I get an urge to make a recipe the minute I see it but that definitely happened with this one. The minute I saw it I immediately went to my kitchen and made them. ha and they did not disappoint! I subbed the applesauce for banana, used a sugar-free honey, and added cacao nibs, peanuts, and raisins. They were delicious! Definitely reminded me of Quaker oatmeal raisin bars.

  98. Shannon Taggart says

    Wowweeeeee These are delicious!
    I didn’t have any applesauce or apples in the house and thanks to your delicious banana chai breakfast smoothie I have tons of bananas in the freezer. I used banana and they turned out fantastic. I also put some PMS chocolate on the top and it was delicious!

  99. Emily says

    I have these in the oven now – it’s a dreary day so it’s perfect for fresh baked goodies!
    Quick question – what is with the hard squishing? Also, maybe my pans are too big, or maybe I need to get used to actual healthy sized servings, but the recipes of yours that I always try are SO THIN! Am I doing something wrong?

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      My recipes usually make very small serving sizes, so it’s important to use the pan size I call for in the recipe (or feel free to double the recipe and use a bigger pan). For example, this recipe uses a 7×5 pan.

      • Emily says

        Thanks! I need to invest in some smaller pans!! I remember also making the chewy cherry bars for Easter and thinking that I wasn’t going to have enough to cover the bottom of the pan. I used a loaf pan. So it was just a thin bar, but still very delicious!!

        BTW- thank you thank you thank you for making it easy for me to lose weight and get in my chocolate and sweets fix!!

        • Alanna says

          I used an 8×8″ pan and got 8 small bars out of it. I don’t mind that they’re a little thin (I think they’re pretty close to the pics) since they’re so yummy. (c:

  100. keysha says

    I was craving my favorite oatmeal chocolate-chip cookies today and then remembered reading about these granola bars…I couldn’t wait to try to turn them into a cookie! I think I succeeded! I put them on a cookie sheet and used a cookie scoop to shape them into balls. They are a tad bit crumbly, but they are satisfying my craving for those unhealthy cookies that I would have made. I love your blog and have been very pleased with every recipe I have made thus far! Thanks for all you do! (I am 5’3″ and would gladly take some height…it’s hard to find pants that fit!)

  101. Sashiko says

    No way do i wish i was taller! I’m 6′ ft tall, a self proclaimed amazon haha. Some days i wish i were shorter. It’s hard to find cute pants (skirts and dresses) that are long enough or shoes big enough. Handsome/ intelligent/ tall guys are also in short supply <3

    I'll have to give these bars a try! I'm going on a roadtrip in a few days and i've been looking for a healthy recipe. πŸ™‚

  102. Mar-Sizzle in the kizzile says

    I think your site is great, but be sure your checking the ingredients your putting into some of your desserts. Stevia and other artificial sweeteners are very harmful chemicals and not good for the body. Even though the FDA supports them and calls them a “Heathly” allternative.
    I plan to try these Granola Bars, but will make slight changes to keep them as healthy as possible.

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Hi Mar-Sizzle,
      I think you’re confusing stevia with splenda. Stevia is not artificial nor is it a chemical. I agree with you about artificial sweeteners, and you won’t find any artificial sweeteners in any of my desserts ;).

  103. Jasmin says

    I made these. Again. They are so good.
    The first time I used maple syrup and banana and they turned out fantastic.
    Today I used molasses instead of agave and I also added in some cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice to make it sorta gingerbready. SO DELICIOUS! My cousin who came over kept wanting to have more of them! Thank you!!!

  104. Mel says

    I made these last night to bring to work and OMG are they ever delicious! I did a choco chip/dried cranberry version that is chewy, chocolatey, and filling. Cannot wait to try other combinations!

  105. Priscilla says

    I made these last night. I used maple syrup in place of agave. I added some chopped toasted pecans and raisins. I LOVE the flavor, but my bars were kinda crumbly. I wonder if it was b/c I subbed maple syrup or maybe I had too many add-ins??

    It’s amazing how homemade food tastes so much better than the store-bought variety. I wish I had time to always make my own homemade treats.

  106. Hayley says

    Yum! I’ve made them twice so far! The second time I used whole wheat flour, added peanut butter/reduced the honey and added sunflower seeds! SO yummy! Can’t wait to try these with chocolate chips!

  107. Misty Gorman says

    You are a genius! This is the first granola bar recipe I have liked that has healthy ingredients. Thank you!

  108. michelle says

    I doubled the recipe realizing I don’t use agave anymore so I didn’t have 1/2 cup so I used pb to make up the difference but remembered after I could’ve used date paste I also forgot the stevia…yes on a roll however my add ins were chocolate chip minis and a little coconut so it was fine well actually delicious.
    Thx for recipe

  109. Jennie Hoady says

    Hi Katie!

    This is the first recipe of yours that I tried and they turned out great! I’ve tried 4 other granola bar recipes before and they have all flopped (mainly because they don’t stick together). These are so tasty (I used pumpkin and chocolate chips). I now have a “go to” recipe for my 3 kids (one of whom has multiple food allergies). Thanks again! Jennie

  110. Kelly says

    I just made these- yum! I used honey for the sweetener and 1 Tb of loose brown sugar. I might actually try it with less honey next time, as they had a very oats-and-honey taste (not a bad thing, but not what I was going for this time!). I can see a lot of delicious experiments with this recipe- my freezer could be bursting at the seams with granola bars soon!

  111. Diana says

    These look delicious! When you say “extra liquid sweetener” instead of the stevia powder, will liquid stevia work? Wasn’t sure if you meant that or if you meant more honey or agave. Definitely want to try these πŸ™‚

  112. Haylee says

    I finished off my last batch so I made some more of these today (yes I’m that obsessed) and they turned out just as amazing as the first. This time I added walnuts, peanuts, cacao nibs and raisins and they were delicious. These bars are easily going down as my most favorite recipe of all time.

    By the way, this is completely random but I just feel the need to say that I am so incredibly FED UP with the crap you get from some people. I stumbled across a forum where posters were saying mean things about all the “big bloggers” and it made me so incredibly angry. I just hope you realize that they’re jealous. Seriously Every. single. one of them is. The bloggers are jealous that you get so much blog traffic,The ED sufferers are jealous that you are thin and don’t have an ED, the bakers are jealous that you’re a GENIUS and the all around haters clearly have way too much time on their hands. You rock Katie, I hope those people don’t get to you.

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Thanks, Haylee. That really means a lot to me. Yes, I know the forum you’re talking about. I used to check it sometimes, out of curiosity, when I first found it. But they were basically saying the same things over and over, so I got bored. I really don’t know why they even think I’m popular enough to bother writing about… it’s not like I’m a celebrity! But there are so many people saying things about me on the internet nowadays (both good and bad), and I don’t even have time anymore to read the good things :(.

  113. Sarah says

    These look great! I’ll have to try these soon.
    I have a question for you. Being such a big blogger and all, do you ever wish that people didn’t comment? I’ve just been curious. I’ve always wanted to know since I don’t know if I’m being more of a bother more than anything by commenting on big blogs. Anyways just curious, have a good day Katie!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      I love comments. They make me feel more sane… like I’m not talking to myself ;). Honestly, I do know what you’re talking about with some big bloggers seeming to blow off their commenters. If a blogger doesn’t want comments, he/she should turn them off! I appreciate every single one! πŸ™‚

  114. Abby says

    just whipped these puppies up a while ago–top notch! added the 1/4 cup of rice krispies + to even out the wet/dry ratio in my batch and some chopped almonds/sf seeds. they’re just a little on the sweet side for my snacking taste but still completely acceptable as dessert. thanks!

  115. Priscilla says

    Does anyone else have an issue with the bars being too crumbly? I absolutely love the flavor, but I want them to hold together better when I pick one up to eat it. I used maple syrup instead of agave and am wondering if that made them not sticky enough?

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Thanks for your feedback, Jenn. It’s so hard to list sweetener amounts, since everyone’s tastes are so different. Honestly, I find that to be one of the most difficult things when creating a recipe, and as often as possible I’ll say “sweeten to taste.” But then people yell at me that I haven’t given specific amounts! πŸ˜•

  116. Nada (One Arab Vegan) says

    Hi Katie,
    Just wanted to let you know I made these twice so far and they are SO good! The first time I used maple syrup instead of agave, whole wheat pastry flour instead of oat flour, 1 tbsp of ground flax and about a 1/3 cup of various mix-ins (no rice crispies), they came out perfect and held together really well.

    Second time I used date paste in place of agave or syrup, flax, 3 tbsp raw almond butter in place of oil and puffed amaranth in place of rice crispies, again with 1/3 cup of mix-ins. They came out great, a little softer than the original version but still held together perfectly.

  117. Alicia says

    Thanks for another great recipe Katie! I made these GF using Bob’s Red Mill GF oats / oat flour / Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice Cereal. I also replaced 1/2 the oat flour with whey protein powder. (I have a 5 year old self-declared vegetarian – so I’m ALWAYS striving for more protein in his diet.) I made them in a double batch and they are simply wonderful. Next time I think I’ll use my jelly roll pan and rolling pin instead of a pyrex to make them easier to smoosh!

  118. Emily says

    I tried this recipe over the weekend, and I am ADDICTED to these bars! I make mine with dried cranberries, chocolate chips, and a little cinnamon.
    I’ve been busy dreaming up more flavours to try them with! Thanks Katie!

  119. kendra says

    I made these last night!!!! So good- I add unsweetened cocoa powder, chopped dates and chopped almonds.

  120. Lizzie says

    Katie, I just made these this morning and really like them. I made them w/honey and they are a LITTLE too honey-tasting for me. Is there something else you suggest? I’ve never had agave before and don’t know what that tastes like…should I try that instead you think?

  121. Esperanza says

    I made these with maple syrup and they came out too crumbly (still delicious) so I think next time I’ll use honey and let them cool longer (I was a bit too eager to cut, usually I let my granola bars cool for an hour before cutting).

  122. Nikki says

    These bars are in the oven now with added chocolate chips :o) I’m thinking I’d like to add some protein powder to them. Would you replace the oat flour, if so, is it 1:1? Thanks!

  123. Neisha says

    What is the difference between the baked and not baked version? Is the baked crunchy and the not baked chewy? I can’t wait to try these!

  124. Mel says

    These are awesome! My 2 year old called them “special treat”-she thought they were cookies. I doubled the recipe, used honey and kashi 7 whole grain puffs. I didn’t have stevia so I used a little less than 1 Tbs brown sugar (was a bit too sweet, next time I’d leave it out) and mini chocolate chips. Next time I’m going to try chocolate chips and dried cherries. Thanks for a great recipe!

  125. Emily says

    Oh my goodness, I am addicted to these granola bars! They are so perfect and delicious…just like Quaker Chewy, but with more flavour and more softness. I have made quite a few different varieties already. Banana chocolate chip are delicious…I just subbed mashed banana for the applesauce . πŸ™‚ But my VERY favourite is chocolate chips and shredded coconut. YUM! πŸ˜€

  126. Alyson Happymeal says

    Hey Katie!

    I just made these and love love love them! I even got a thumbs up from the hubs πŸ™‚ which hardly happens when I make vegan things lol….I also wanted to let you know I used Almond Flour instead of oat flour and they came out and tasted just perfect! I also didn’t realize that I was out of vanilla extract until I had all the ingredients in the bowl (this somehow always happens I think) so I used liquid stevia vanilla creme and it also was perfectly fine – I don’t think it hurt/altered the recipe in anyway πŸ™‚

  127. Alanna says

    These are awesome! I used the coconut oil, applesauce, and 1/4 C + 1 T honey and threw in peanuts, dried cranberries, and mini chocolate chips before baking. I’ve always loved cereal bars, but I don’t know if I can go back to Nature Valley now! πŸ˜‰

  128. carolyn says

    I will so go try this…
    BTW, I bet I’m the shortest person to comment on this… 4’10”, but my mom grew til her 20’s so I was some time left I suppose.
    I think I’m supposedly going to end up like 5’2” or so. Personally, I don’t care as long as I get to 5 feet…
    πŸ˜‰ short people for the win.

  129. Natalia says

    I have my triple batch in the oven right now. I used WWF in place of the oat, honey and pumpkin, since those are the ingredients I had on hand. Smells good while its baking. Thanks for the recipe inspiration!

  130. Krista says

    I made an adaptation of these and they taste great! My only concern was the crumb – it was delicate and broke on me. I am thinking it needs xanthan gum to help bind, and moving some oats into oat flour. What are your thoughts? I did use cornflake-type cereal instead of puffed cereal, as I didn’t have any.


  131. sarah says

    made these granola bars & my kitchen smells amazing right now! i have them in the fridge to cool but i dont know how many bars this should make? i dont know if i missed it in the directions or what? but if someone could tell me that would be such a big help(: thanks.

  132. Ange says

    These were fantastic for my daughters’ school lunches last week. They loved them! I’m about to bake up a second batch for this week’s lunches. Thank you for giving me a healthier, vegan alternative to store-bought granola bars.

  133. Alicia says

    Hi Katie – these have become a favorite in our house! I made them for the first time last night using coconut oil and chocolate chips…. OMG!!!! They remind me of samoas girl scout cookies. Thank you so much for helping to create our favorite foods SOOO much healthier!

  134. satm says

    Hello. Thanks for the granola bar recipe. It looks great. Thanks too for the caloric values. Where do I find the serving size? Somehow I’m missing that.

  135. ANH says

    These were so sweet and peanut buttery tasting! I replaced the oat flour with PB2 and used about a fourth of a banana instead of stevia or applesauce. Tried using a 8×8 pan but it was too hard. Next time I’d omit the 2 T brown sugar because the agave was enough πŸ™‚ Great recipe!

  136. Noelle Dehmlow says

    I LOVE your blog and I LOVE Pinterest! πŸ™‚ I pinned your copy-cat granola bars onto my food board! I’m excited to try them because my husband goes through granola bars so quickly! I’m tired of spending so much money on them and the amount of empty calories they all have! I also can’t wait to try the chai milk shake! Thanks for having a give away! That’s so nice of you!

  137. Andrea says

    My 3 year old son has celiac, so I don’t buy the Quaker Bars any more, but I miss them. I’ve tried a few other recipes for bars, but these are by far the best! My bars came out pretty soft though, and fell apart. I uses an 8×8 pan, 2 tbsp of the brown sugar and honey. Any tips on how I can get these to stick together better next time? The no bake peanut butter pie is going to be my next attempt! The picture makes me drool!!!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      They definitely shouldn’t crumble. Be sure to squish down VERY hard. And also wait for them to cool before cutting into bars.
      If all else fails for some reason, you can use more honey (and cut back on the sugar accordingly).

  138. Autumn says

    These truly are the best granola bars I have ever made–and I’ve tried LOTS of recipes.
    Don’t think twice about doubling the recipe your first go–you’ll need them!
    Thank you once again Katie.

  139. Annie says

    I wanna hug you and kiss you and just worship you for this recipe. Couldn’t believe how good it was when I bit into my first bar! I had no idea such simple and innocent ingredients can make these amazing granola bars! I even decreased the sweetener to 3 tbsp instead of 1/4 cup (I used honey)! I love these so much that I’m actually going to bring them to school tomorrow. I usually don’t bring anything healthy I make to school, but these deserve to be shared! πŸ™‚

  140. Diane says

    Yes, I do wish I had a couple of inches added to my height. I’m barely 4’11 and lots of things are difficult. Looking forward to trying this recipe out!

  141. Teri says

    I gotta say, this was delicioussss. I’ve been trying to find a cheaper alternative to Chocowalla bars and then this turns up! I added a bunch of chocolate chips to it (and am thinking about omitting the banana) and when it melted in the oven, it was heavenly I swear. I’m thinking of melting it before I add it to the mixture instead of just adding the chocolate chips straight in. Thank you so much for posting this recipe!

  142. Natalie says

    Ok, I’m trying these with regular all-purpose flour, honey, 5-grain cereal, and adding about 1/4 cup each of wheat germ and ground flax seed. I added a cup each for add-ins: chopped pecans, chopped dried apricots, and mini morsels. I’m doubling the recipe. It is has been pressed a second time (which kind of smushed the chocolate chips into a gooey mess, but whatever) and is cooling. Crossing my fingers they don’t crumble apart…

  143. Natalie says

    They didn’t fall apart! I will say that 1/2 cup of the mini chips would have been plenty.

    I had recently tried a different recipe for homemade granola bars, and it had more flour and brown sugar. Not sure of the gram per gram sugar comparison, though. But I like the consistency the honey gives it, the bars are more flexible. The other ones I tried were more like an oatmeal cookie cut into bars.

    Thanks, Katie! I am not a vegan, just a mother who tries to make everything from scratch for my 7 year old son’s meals, school lunches, and snacks. Great recipe. I will be sharing this with many other moms who share my concerns. πŸ™‚

  144. Sherry says

    I doubled the recipe for a 9X13 pan but it was too thin in the pan and didn’t cover. I used an 8X8 and they came out perfect. I took them to work and everyone looooved them and asked me to make them more. You’d have thought I made rich brownies or cookies for all the raves they received!

  145. Kris says

    I made these this weekend and followed the recipe above with no modifications. Added chocolate chips. These were delicious!! Thanks for the recipe, love your blog!

  146. Paulette says

    Hi, these Quaker-Style Chewy Granola Bars look good. I want to make these for someone who is diabetic and can not eat rice crispies.

    What do you suppose I could substitute this with?

    Thank you for your time.

  147. Susan says

    These are awesome and are quickly becoming a staple when my daughter is home from college! With her gluten sensitivity, I like to make up some extras for her to take back to school too! I sub in peanut butter for the oil and use a whole mashed banana. Then I add in mini chocolate chips and sometimes dried cherries. I leave out the salt but use a dash of cinnamon. Delicious! There are so many great looking recipes on here-can’t wait to try more!

  148. Mckayla says

    These are delicious. I added in craisins and chocolate chips and subbed Cheerios for the Rice Krispies. My 2 year old and husband are devouring them as I write. I look forward to making different varieties! Also, I baked mine but I think I prefer the unbaked version; they were a little more moist! Thanks for the recipe.

  149. Lynn says

    Thank you so much! These are great. I used gluten free flour instead of oat flour and no extra sugar but we loved them.

  150. Jen says

    These were so yummy! Only problem I had was that they fell apart when I cut them (so I ended up eating about 4 bars because I couldn’t throw away the crumbs:>) What is the yield for the recipe? Maybe I made my bars the wrong size?

  151. Kali says

    Just in case anyone was interested (and I haven’t checked the other comment recently, so I don’t know if someone else has already done this and posted about it) I made these with peanut butter in place of the oil, and quick oats (as I didn’t have any rolled) and they came out delicious. I put the chocolate chips in (of course!) and they tasted like a delicious chocolate peanut butter candy bar almost, which is awesome. I’m now thinking of making them again with less sugar, just because I’m trying to limit the amount of sugars in my diet, and maybe doing banana in place of applesauce to give it a sweeter taste. But anyway, they were great!

  152. Melissa Lauts says

    I’d just like to say how much I enjoy your page. You have become my go-to site for healthy baking. And how adorable are you talking about chocolate chip faces in the granola bars. Made me chuckle. I’ve made quite a few of your recipes (I always credit you!) and they have been a hit. Thanks for making me seem like I know what I’m doing in the kitchen πŸ™‚

  153. Alanna says

    In case anyone is interested, these also work well with rolled barley flakes in place of rolled oats! πŸ™‚ I made a batch with mini chocolate chips and pomegranate Craisins. So yummy!

  154. Jill says

    Hey there – How many bars does one batch make? I apologize if you already answered this somewhere in the comments – I scanned quickly, but didn’t find it. I love the crunchy one – the Copycat Nature Valley Granola Bars so I am looking forward to trying these as well! Thank you for doing what we all want to do – make the good stuff, make it healthy πŸ™‚ Jill

  155. McKenzie Taylor says

    I just made the Quaker Style Chewy Granola Bars. They were absolutely amazing! I used honey in place of the agave and brown sugar for the sweetener! I added mini chocolate chips but will defiantly add more stuff when I make then again which will be very soon! I am excited to try your other recipes!

  156. Alexandra says

    These are good; I subbed grape nuts for the rice krispies, and instead of the oil I used 4 T of water mixed with 1/2 T of ground flax and 1/2 T of ground chia. Very nice, and next time I might cut the agave by a Tablespoon. Will make again.

  157. Marissa says

    I just made these and they are delicious! I have a lot of food sensitivities so I had to change some of the ingredients around. I used quinoa flakes instead of rolled oats, crushed potato crackers instead of rice crispies, maple syrup instead of agave, strawberry puree instead of applesauce and omitted the extra sugar..lots of changes but they still came out great! Having to eat gluten free along with having to avoid many other foods I have truly missed being able to have some convenience foods like these delicious granola bars! Thank you thank you thank you!

  158. Marissa says

    I just made these and they are awesome! I have a lot of food sensitivities so I had to change some of the ingredients: I used quinoa flakes instead of rolled oats, crushed potato crackers instead of rice crispies, maple syrup instead of agave, pureed strawberry instead of applesauce, and I omitted he extra sugar-delicious! Having to eat gluten free and also having to avoid so many other foods, I have missed the convenience of foods like granola bars. This recipe is great-thank you!

  159. Elizabeth says

    Just found your site & immediately ran to the store so I could make these yummy bars. I’m watching WW points closely. Could you tell me how many servings per batch?

    • Liz says

      I’m not Katie, but it looks like the nutrition facts are based on 5 bars. I plugged it into Calorie Count and got something similar to hers when I divided it into 5 bars.

  160. sd says

    Oh height…
    I always thought that it would be so much easier to stay skinny, and have an elongated waist and thinner thighs if I was taller and less compact haha
    I am average: 5’3″ and 3/4 , but i often feel short.
    2 days ago the doctor said that despite my hopeful suspicions, I had not grown since my sports physical last year. She also informed me that i am not going to get any taller at my obviously advanced age: 17 and 3/4.
    I am finally learning to love my body, and especially how my muscles have been growing more defined lately. I used to barely eat to stay lean, but now I am all for healthful moderation (but no trans fat or cheese for me!) and i love to run (and swim and bike, but i <3 running). My calve muscles show now, and there is definite musclelage in my arms as well from doing push-ups religiously everyday for the past year.
    Sorry about my rant, but I have come to the conclusion that once we find healthy ways to find whatever works best on our height, (whether it be weight, style, tannage, hair color/cut) it is very exciting!

  161. Allison says

    Hi Katie,
    Big Fan! I am writing a post on 25 Superfoods for Children and wanted to link to some of your recipes. I plan to include a thumbsize photo and link to your site for the recipe. Let me know if you have any issues. Thanks. Again Big Fan.

  162. Nicole says

    Hi Katie! This is probably a silly question but does it make a difference if you bake this with the parchment/ wax paper on the bottom of the pan or can you just put them in the pan solo? Also, do you bake them with the wax paper on top or is that just for pressing them? Thanks!

    • Unofficial CCK Helper says

      Bottom parchment (not wax, parchment is better) is for easy removal, so just grease the pan if not using.
      Do not cook with the top layer on.

  163. Rachel says

    Just came across your blog tonight, and I’ve already made two batches…’P’BJ, with soy butter and raspberry jam, and salted caramel, with chocolate chips, soft caramel pieces, and coarse sea salt. I see LOTS of these babies in my kids’ (oh who am I kidding…MY) future. Thanks for the fab recipe. Can’t wait to try another!

  164. Nora says

    Just made these GF (I have Celiac) and subbed the oil for peanut butter, added some chia and skipped the chocolate and put golden raisins on top… so yummy. Perfect afternoon snack and so much more affordable than buying them in the store. Thanks!

  165. Hope says

    I stumbled across your blog after googling for homemade LaraBar recipes and I am glad I did. I made LaraBars (which were amazing) and then had to try these granola bars. My husband and son love granola bars but I hate seeing them eat all that corn syrup and chemicals that are in them.
    These were fantastic! My husband tried one and said they were better than store bought. Through mouthfuls of chewy deliciousness while eating his second one, he told me to never buy them from the store again. He is already requesting variations on both the LaraBars and the Granola Bars.
    I will be trying many more recipes from your site. Thank you!

  166. Sheena says

    What fraction of the recipe is the nutrition facts for? I did not see how many bars this recipe makes. Sorry if I overlooked it! Thanks!

  167. Mylie says

    My husband found your site and passed the information along. I love to bake but usually have to give most of it away or I’d be huge. I love the recipes I’ve tried so far. This one I added dark chocolate chips chopped up a bit b/c they don’t make mini dark chocolate, coconut and natural almonds chopped. I doubled the recipe and everyone loves them! But here is my question you didn’t say how many bars you should get from a batch therefore I don’t know what a serving size is. Please let me know!

  168. Kayla says

    I love these granola bars! I make them at least every other week for my boyfriend for work. But sometimes we don’t even get them to a pan- we just eat it right out of the mixing bowl. πŸ˜›

    I usually add 1-2 T. chia seeds, 1/4 c. flax seed, and an extra 1/4 c. rice crispies crushed up. I add 2 T. more applesauce to keep the consistency. I find them to be slightly more filling this way.

  169. Emma says

    Hi Katie,
    Your pics show choc chips but then there us none in the recipe! How much would you recommend adding and do you have to take something else out, is it a substitution or an add in?

  170. Melissa says

    Just made these… YUMMY! The only thing different I did was to use brown rice syrup. I have a child with multiple food allergies and she cannot have maple syrup and I have not tried agave with her yet. Brown rice syrup is not that sweet so they came out great. A great treat the whole family can enjoy!
    Thanks Katie for your great recipes!!!!! = )

  171. Erogo says

    Think tank here.
    Thinking about subbing nutrasuma pea protein powder either the apple pie or vanilla for the oatflour.
    Adding a tsp of xanthan gum for soluble fiber and a binding agent.
    And perhaps a tbsp of either Bob’singredisorganic flax meal or a ground chia meal for a omegas and more fiber should also firm it up for a better no bake bar.
    Perhaps one of the following for flavor mixes PB2, cinnamon, Hershey unsweetened cocoa powder, chopped almonds roasted homemade almond butter, pumpkin seeds or pumpkin seed butter. Give thoughts on combinations of extra ingredients amounts and liquid modifications. Looking to make a nice gluten free, soy free, lactose free bar under 250 cal low fat high fiber keep net carbs low and sugars to a min with a decent protein amount.
    Thoughts and comments on these ideas?

  172. Maria says

    As my college-aged daughter was walking out the door to an event on an empty stomach, she grabbed a 24g sized Quaker Chewy CC Granola Bar that is 100 calories. I’ve already introduced her to your website since she’s been home for the summer and she has made a couple of your recipes. We agreed that I’d make your Granola Bars today. In your nutrition facts you give no weight to your bars and I see that your recipe’s calorie count is 133 although your bars are higher in Fat, Fiber and Protein. I’ve scanned many of the comments in hopes of finding someone asking a similar question, with no luck. Can you tell me the weight and/or number of servings of your bars based on your nutrition numbers? I agree that the absence of several extra ingredients is a major plus but it would still be good to know. By the way, I made your oatmeal cookies with raisins and cc. She said it reminded her of granola bars! They were delicious.

  173. Yvonne e says

    Hi Katie- I have been following you and making your recipes for my daughter who has a wheat/ egg / peanut allergy:( I am so happy to be able to make treats for her using your recipes! I just made the granola bars and they came out delicious . How do you recommend storing them?

  174. Heather says

    Hi! I saw that the nutrition information for this recipe is per bar–how many bars do you cut the recipe into?

  175. Denise says

    Made these with maple syrup instead of agave, mashed banana instead of applesauce and almond meal instead of oat flour (basically because those were the substitutions I had on hand). Chopped raisins, some nuts and unsalted roasted pumpkin/sunflower seeds (ie – trailmix flavor). Turned out perfect!

  176. Laura says

    I absolutely love these bars! I used to make them all the time until my nutritionist told me to avoid oatmeal for the time being. I did some experimenting to tweak them, and I tried coconut flour as per your suggestion. It was delicious! I used 1/4 cup coconut flour and 2 tbsp. garbanzo bean flour and I added 1/4 cup of applesauce to compensate for the coconut flour. They were delicious and plenty moist. Thank you for this awesome recipe!

  177. Karin says

    I just made these and have a few questions. You say to bake them in a 7×5 pan. Isn’t that really small? How many bars do you cut them into for 135 calories each? Also, you don’t mention the amount of add ins. One cup? I added 1/4 cup chocolate chips, 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut and 1/4 cup sliced almonds.

    • Unofficial CCK Helper says

      You can double the recipe for an 8×8. See above comments for how many it makes. Add-ins are your choice, but what you did sounds like a good amount!

  178. Shanna says

    How many bars does this make? I made the recipe already, it’s cooling and I licked the spoon….so yummy!! So fast, and I only feel a tiny bit guilty letting my toddler have these. But I do want to know how many it’s supposed to make as I’m trying to loose my (2nd) baby weight.

  179. Lori Brozowski says

    I’ve been making this recipe weekly since the first week of school. My kids love it! Of course, I have to double it to make it last all week. Favorite add-ins are craisins and chocolate chips. Thanks for a tasty and healthy alternative!

  180. Maggie says

    Hey, I just made a modified version of these – I substituted some ground flax for part of the oat flower and added in some pumpkin seeds and cinnamon. They’re great!

  181. Christine says

    May I ask how you prepared the bars you have pictured? Yours are so much whiter than mine. I baked for 17 minutes, used brown sugar, and vegetable oil. Did you use the alternates and did you “no bake” them? Thanks!

  182. Yvonne says

    These are awesome!!! I eliminated the oil all together. I used xylitol instead of agave (didn’t have it) and added 1 tbsp of water instead to help add moisture. I also added a generous pour of maple syrup. AMAZING! (And fat free without the oils!)

  183. Kate says

    Hi I really love these bars, but it doesn’t say how many serves it makes, so I’m not sure how many calories I’m consuming! Haha

  184. Jessica says

    Thanks for a great recipe! Do you know how I could turn these into baked bites? I can’t stand the texture if the no bake and there don’t seem to be any recipes out there for me? Thanks! πŸ™‚

  185. Dana says

    I am so excited to have found your recipe! My 8 yr old son has autism and a Very limited pallet due to his need to find the perfect texture and taste for everything. We have recently gone GF and DF and this immediately eliminated his favorite snack…Quaker chewy granola bars (chocolate chip!). It has been difficult to find a replacement to meet his requirements. I’m so excited to try these!

    *Question, if I’m baking these, after baking for the 18 minutes, do I wait until completely cooled before “squishing very hard” again? Or do I squish while still warm/hot? Thank you!

  186. Stacy says

    I made these for our after-library snack. I doubled it and baked in an 11×7 pan. I didn’t add the extras. Super good. I wish I didn’t have to share with my kiddos. I used banana instead of applesauce.

  187. Katie says

    These look amazing!! I was just wondering how many squares the nutritional information is based on and if it includes any of the add ins? Do you have a favorite combination of add ins to try?

    • A H says

      Nutritional information excludes add-in items. You can experiment with chopped nuts, raisins, dried cranberries, oat flakes, &etc. Let us know how it comes out, if you try these or other items.

  188. Debbie says

    I just made these for my 11 yr old, and why the flavor reminds me of a warm oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (yum) they seem to be almost raw in the middle, yet very brown, (just before burning) on the bottom. I am not sure they will survive the trip to school h=in her lunchbag.. I used cocnut oil and honey and brown sugar instead of the agave or stevia. I squished them before and after baking as noted. ..I want to try them again any ideas where i went wrong?

    • Julie Dove says

      Hmm it is impossible to know without being there, but off the top of my head, is your oven calibrated? If not, maybe they just need to be baked longer?

  189. curious Dorothy says

    Katie this recipe says

    1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp oat flour (see recipe instructions below for an easy substitution) 55g
    can I use oatmeal and ground into flour or almond flour.

    Also I it said 2 tbsp applesauce (banana would probably work as well, or pumpkin!)
    whats the difference in terms of the binding and taste. will the banana or pumpkin be too over powering.
    Please answer I want to make these ASAP.
    Thanks Curious Dorothy

    • Kia says

      Hi! I’ve made this recipe about ten times (see my comment below), so maybe I can help! Based on my experience baking with banana and pumpkin, I bet each would give a slight flavour, especially the banana. While I have not tried this, I doubt they would be overpowering. So if you like banana and pumpkin, why not give it a try!?

      I always grind my rolled oats into a four to make oat flour for this recipe. Works every time! But I have not tried almond flour. I imagine that almond flour would taste great but give the bars a more crumbly texture. So if you’re willing to risk the possibility of having a really yummy chewy granola instead of bars, why not try it and let us know? πŸ™‚

  190. Kia says

    I have probably made this recipe more than ten times now; I absolutely love it! I typically add about 1/4 cup of Fair Trade dark chocolate chips, and sometimes 3 Tbsp dry roasted pumpkin seeds as well. I use canola oil and, because the chocolate chips are quite sweet, about half the suggested amount of maple syrup (I increase the applesauce to make up for the liquid). I never have crispy rice cereal on hand, so I typically just substitute it with the equivalent volume of rolled oats. Thanks for a school and work staple!

  191. Kathryn says

    These are so tasty! I used honey, mashed banana, and coconut oil, and added mini chocolate chips. Went with the no-bake option, then cut into ten servings, wrapped them individually in parchment paper then plastic wrap and stored in the freezer for the kids’ lunch boxes. Of course, I saved one for myself and one for my toddler, so that’s how I know how yummy they are! The kids were very excited to pack a homemade granola bar πŸ™‚

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