Snack Time: Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars With Video

Chewy granola bars are always a great on-the-go snack.  I recently hosted a few moms and their children for a playdate at my home and wanted a quick an easy snack on hand for the kids.  These chewy chocolate chip granola bars were the answer.  I wanted to keep this batch pretty classic and only add mini chocolate chips considering many kids might not enjoy the texture of nuts, seeds and fruits.  But every child has their likes and dislikes so be creative when making this snack.  This recipe makes 12 bars, so their were plenty for the moms to take with them for the afternoon drive home.  It’s considered no-bake, however I do roast the oats for 10 minutes so that’s all the oven time needed to make these.  Classic chewy chocolate chip granola bars are a canvas for so many other ingredients of your choice like nuts, fruits, or seeds.

As the video shows, you need minimal equipment including a baking sheet, bowl, sauce pot and a 9×9 parchment lined pan.  In just three steps you and your little kitchen helper will be sprinkling mini chocolate chips and  preparing the bars for a 2 hour set time in the fridge.  Get ready for snack time because these are going to go fast.

Do you have a favorite granola bar? Do you add any special nuts, seeds or fruits? 

Chew Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
Chew Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Products Used:

9×9 Pan

GIR Mini Spatula in Red

Sauce Pot

Glass Bowl

Baking Sheet

Measuring Cups

Measuring Spoons

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Prep Time: 15 mins
Fridge Time: 2 hrs
Yields: 12

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 - Cups - Rolled Oats
  • 1/3 Cup - Honey
  • 1/4 Cup - Unsalted Butter, cubed
  • 1/4 Cup - Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon - Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 Teaspoon - Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 Cup - Mini Chocolate Chips (divided equally)

Method

  1. Preheat over to 350° degrees. 9" square pan with parchment paper. Spray the pan with cooking spray first, then lay the parchment on top so it sticks.
  2. Spread out rolled oats onto a baking sheet. Bake for 5 minutes, stir and rotate, bake for 5 more minutes. Once lightly roasted, pour into a large bowl
  3. While the oats are roasting, combine the butter, brown sugar, honey, vanilla and salt in a small sauce pot. Stir on medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. This should take a few minutes
  4. Pour the sugar/honey mixture over the roasted oats. Stir to combine and allow the mixture to cool for 5 minutes
  5. Add 1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips. They will melt slightly as you mix, but that will help the granola bars to stay together
  6. Pour mixture into your prepared pan. With a silicone spatula press the mixture firmly into the pan. Go around the pan 3 or 4 times so the bar stay together
  7. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips. Press the chocolate chips into the granola mixture
  8. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours. Once set, remove and cut into 12 bars. Enjoy!

Additional Info

So many items you can add to this recipe. 1/2 Cup of Almonds, 1/2 Cup of Dried Cranberries, 1/2 Coconut.. Flax Seed, Chia Seeds.. the list could go on. Be creative with this recipe!

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6 Comments

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    Mandy April 6, 2017 (7:05 am)

    These sound really good. I usually put in as many fruits, nuts and seeds as I can because my eldest has a pretty poor diet so needs all the nutrition he can get! I’ll give your recipe a try next time.

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      Nicole Bedard April 6, 2017 (9:35 am)

      That’s great! Thank you for sharing Mandy. It’s a great way to pack in some nutrients with seeds, nuts and fruits, if the child likes the texture. Way to go!

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    Holley Grainger April 6, 2017 (4:52 pm)

    Your granola bars look delicious! Thanks for a great recipe! I can’t wait to try with the girls!

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      Nicole Bedard April 6, 2017 (7:59 pm)

      So happy you liked the post. Thank you and have fun making them. They are so good!

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    Natalia April 8, 2017 (5:51 pm)

    Love this recipe! Simple and fun to make with kids. Mine will definitely love to help me making these!