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


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


  • 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


  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.


*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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