Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

These homemade granola bars are easy to make and turn out perfectly chewy and chocolate-y!

Yield: 

18 bars (2.3 ounces each)

Ingredients: 

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup (packed) brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup (6 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions: 

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a medium-size mixing bowl, cream together the butter, honey, brown sugar, and vanilla extract. (I use an electric mixer for this step.)

2. Add flour, baking soda, and oats. Stir until well-mixed. (Mixing with clean hands works great for this step.) Mixture will be a soft, fluffy, and somewhat crumbly. Stir in chocolate chips.

3. Press mixture into a lightly-greased 9x13-inch baking dish. Bake at 325 degrees for 18-22 minutes, until edges are just starting to brown. Remove from oven and place dish on wire rack to cool.

4. After granola bars have cooled for 10 minutes, use a smooth-bottomed measuring cup or glass to press the bars flat. (Pressing while too hot will smear chocolate everywhere!) Allow to finish cooling and then cut into 18 bars using a pizza cutter or thin sharp knife.

Store in a sealed container or bag at room temperature for up to a week or so, or freeze for later use.

Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Granola Bars recipe

Additional Notes: 

In place of the chocolate chips, feel free to add your favorite nuts, chips, shredded coconut, or dried fruit (or any combination of those equaling 1 cup in all).

Recipe from Christy at One Little Word She Knew. Instructions and photos are my own! :)

Preparation Time: 

15 minutes

Cooking Time: 

18-22 minutes

Tammy's Review: 

Total cost for 18 granola bars: $3.21 ($0.18 per bar)

My granola bars weighed an average of 2.3 ounces each with a calorie count of 261 per bar (~50% larger than the average store-bought granola bar). Obviously, these granola bars aren't made with puffed rice or other "light" ingredients! ;)

Calories: 261
Calories from fat: 107
Total fat: 11.9g
Saturated fat: 7.1g
Cholesterol: 23mg
Sodium: 136mg
Total Carbohydrates: 35.2g
Dietary fiber: 2.6g
Sugars: 15.5g
Protein: 4.2g

Check out this post for the detailed cost breakdown for these granola bars, and more about them! :)

Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Granola Bars recipe

Comments

We are a gluten-free household. At first glance I thought these were naturally gluten free, at a second look I noticed the wheat flour the recipe called for. I made these exactly like the recipe states except substituted GLAD four (a gluten-free all purpose flour... http://frugalabundance.com/gladflour.htm ) These are delish! Soft, chewy, sweet. Not something I would serve for breakfast, but instead for a mid afternoon pick-me up with a glass of cold milk. Or perfect for a packed lunch individually wrapped in plastic wrap or wax paper.

Rating: 
5

Oh Tammy these were so good and sooooo easy. I so appreciate all the things you put on here.

Rating: 
5

I made these tonight using mini m&m's and they are fabulous! So moist and chewy. They will make a great snack for skating with friends tomorrow, very easy to bring along. I can't wait to try them with raisins! Another great recipe Tammy!

Rating: 
5

I will never buy these in the store again. So quick and easy and healthier.
I've used walnuts and flax meal and had great results as well.

Rating: 
5

Made these yesterday and they are so good! Have tried many granola bar recipes and this is the best one. My neighbor had one today and wanted the recipe. Great for my husbands lunches. Love how fast they are to make, no more store bought bars for us. I added dried cranberries, toasted almonds, and pecans with the chocolate chips. Thanks for sharing Tammy.

Rating: 
5

I modified this a little, I use coconut oil instead of butter, and I only use 2 cups of oats; and then I add 1/2 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut, 1/2 cup of nuts (slivered almonds, this week I'm trying pecans), 1/2 flax seed, and I keep the 1 cup of chocolate chips. Delicious and healthy!!!

Rating: 
5

My daughter gets hungary about an hour after she eats lunch at school and so her teacher suggested I start leaving granola bars with the staff so she can get eat as she needs to. We all know there arn't to many good tasting and good for you granola bars out at the store so I found this and well WOW. I used 1/2c cocanut oil and 1/4 c. butter, instead of honey I used 1/2 c simple syrup (I make useing 3c. Organic cane sugar and 2c H2o stir over medium heat till sugar is totally disolved) and added nuts, crazens and cocanut along with the rest and ommitted two cups of oats per batch.. Now the staff is asking for the recipe.

Rating: 
5

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