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.
Prep Time:15 minutes
Total Time:15 minutes
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
Line a 9”x 9” pan with parchment paper or grease it well.
Combine the oats, rice cereal, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and coconut in a large bowl.
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).
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.
Refrigerate until set and cut into bars.
*Choose gluten-free rolled oats and crisp rice cereal if necessary.