Chewy Granola Bars-Freezer Snack

I remember when my mom stayed home from work and she would bake my brother and I an afterschool snack. When you opened the door, you knew right away it was chocolate chip cookies. Those were fond memories. Now I have the pleasure of creating memories for my kids with an afterschool snack. Sometimes, I’ll bake cinnamon rolls , brownies or cookies, but today I decided to whip up a batch of chewy granola bars.

I love to make things from scratch because it’s so much healthier and I’m able to control the ingredients. I can use organic or all natural ingredients to make it even healthier, but much lower in cost.

These granola bars are super easy with just a few pantry staples. It almost reminds me of the Cascadian Farms chocolate chip granola bars. I substituted the mini chocolate chips for the raisins because my kids aren’t a huge fan of them. However, you must press these on top of the bars once they are pressed into the pan, otherwise, they melt inside. 

Chewy Granola Bars

2 cups rice cereal

2 cups dry oatmeal

1/2 cup raisins or other dried fruit -

1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 tsp. vanilla

cooking spray

In a large bowl, combine cereal, oats and raisins or chips. In a small pan, mix brown sugar and corn syrup. Heat and stir until boiling. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla. Pour over cereal mixture and mix well. Press firmly into a 9×13 pan sprayed with cooking spray. Press 1/2 cup chocolate chips on top if desired.  Cool and cut into 15 bars. You can freeze these bars individually and thaw on the day you want to eat. Otherwise, store in an airtight container.

Printable Chewy Granola Bars recipe is linked to It’s a Keeper and Good Cheap Eats

What was your favorite after school snack as a kid?

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Comments

  1. Those sound good!!!

  2. Any ideas how to make this nut-free for school lunches/snacks?

    • Why don’t you try 1/2 c honey or corn syrup and 1/2 brown sugar and leave out the pbutter. Let me know if it’s sticky enough to hold. I’ll try it this week too and let you know how it works.

  3. Today I made these granola bars with 3/4 cup honey and 1/2 cup brown sugar only, no peanut butter or corn syrup. They were definitely stickier and tastes sweeter without the pbutter. It did work and they do cut, but they have a stickier texture and much sweeter taste. I think I’m going to try 1/c cup honey and 1/2 cup brown sugar and see if they taste any less sweeter. This modification does work for peanut free schools.

  4. Just made these in about 15 minutes and now I’m waiting for these to cool. I replaced the raisins, since my boys don’t care for them, with a cup of dried berry mixture. Cannot wait to taste them! Thanks for this easy receipe, Jackie!

  5. Okay, I tried it with 1/2 c. honey and 1/2 c. brown sugar, 1/2 c. raisins and then 1/2 c. choc. chips mixed in at the very end. It seemed very not sticky as I mixed so I squirted in some more honey. It was just the right sweetness for us and stuck into the pan but did not stick together to make bars. It’s still very yummy, even eaten with a spoon!

  6. Hi Jackie! These look really good. My mother in law is allergic to corn syrup. If I substitute honey for the corn syrup, will they still stick together in bars? Thank you for sharing this!

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