Crispy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars are Wholesome & School-Friendly

Servings: 24 bars serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 45 minutes

Crispy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars are no-bake and easy. This is a nut-free recipe.

Crispy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars are no-bake and easy. This is a nut-free recipe.

This recipe is an adaptation of our recipe for No-Fuss Cranberry Almond Granola Bars. To make chocolate chip granola bars gluten-free be sure to buy GF crispy rice cereal (many include barley malt extract) and GF oats.

Granola Bar Tips:

  • The coconut in this recipe can be replaced with other seeds or nuts. Try pumpkin seeds or a combination of chia seeds and hemp seeds.
  • Try other dried fruit in this recipe too, like apricots, dates or prunes. Be sure to chop them raisin size.
  • Looking for more chocolate? Try drizzling the bars with melted chocolate once they have cooled. Let the chocolate harden before cutting

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Crispy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Crispy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars are no-bake and easy. This is a nut-free recipe. It’s gluten-free too if you use GF oats and crisp rice cereal.

  • Author: Bridget Oland

Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats*
  • 2 cups crisp rice cereal*
  • ½ cup dried cranberries or raisins
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ⅓ cup butter
  • ⅓ cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Line a 9”x 9” pan with parchment paper or grease it well.
  2. Combine the oats, rice cereal, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and coconut in a large bowl.
  3. Melt butter, molasses and brown sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a gentle boil and cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract (it will sputter).
  4. Pour hot syrup over the oat mixture and stir to combine. Allow to cool for a few minutes then stir in chocolate chips. Press mixture firmly (and I mean firmly) into prepared pan and ensure it gets right to the edges. Try laying a sheet of parchment paper over top to make it easier to press down.
  5. Refrigerate until set and cut into bars.

Notes

*Choose gluten-free rolled oats and crisp rice cereal if necessary.

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4 thoughts on “Crispy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars are Wholesome & School-Friendly

  1. Patricia says:

    These granola bars are overpowered by the molasses flavour. My kids wouldn’t eat them. I would cut the molasses down to half and substitute honey or maple syrup?

    1. Marie-Pierre Lessard says:

      Thank you for your comment Patricia. Yes, you can cut the amount of molasses if you prefer.

  2. Stephanie Leeyus says:

    This is really goods, You can even add extra nuts or even omit raisins or cranberries. It is a terrific base for a bar – best I have ever used

  3. Lisa says:

    Made this it tasty however it’s didn’t harden even. So not sure what I did wrong. I skipped he fruit as I’m not keen on them. I will eat it as it’s tasty

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