I was going to write this post sharing my chewy peanut butter chocolate chip granola bar recipe, however, I decided to share with you my base recipe to give you the freedom to make any kind of flavored granola bar you’d like.
Don’t worry, I’ll also share my chewy peanut butter chocolate chip recipe at the end of this post
As I’ve written before, making homemade granola bars literally takes five minutes of prep work and 20-25 minutes of baking.
I love that…
- they’re organic
- save you money
- they are quick and easy to make
- they are free of any hidden ingredients
- you can make sure they are GMO free
Each batch of granola bars makes 12-14 bars. That’s a lot more than a standard box of store bought granola bars.
Once you buy the ingredients, you’ll easily get 3 batches of granola bars. It’s really great savings for just a smidge of your time.
Chewy Granola Bars Must Have Equipment
1. A Good Quality Bar Pan
As often as I make chewy granola bars, I ended up getting a good quality stonewear pan.
I use a medium bar pan from the stonewear line of Pampered Chef.
I love it. My batch fits perfectly in it and makes me 14 bars. If you don’t have this particular pan or size, don’t worry. Any old pan will work!
2. Parchment Paper
When I posted my other recipes, I’ve had people tell me that their bars crumbled. They couldn’t get them out of the pan.
In order to prevent this, I’m now recommending to butter your pan and to line it with parchment paper.
If you don’t have parchment paper, make sure to really butter your pan.
Chewy Granola Bars Base Recipe
The Base Recipe is really easy.
Every granola bar will have these specific ingredients
- 1 2/3 cups rolled oats (I buy Country Choice organic oats from Trader Joes. $3.29)
- 1/3 cup raw honey
- 1/4 cup organic brown sugar (sub rapadura or sucanat)
- 1/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour (I grind my own wheat)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup fat of choice
- 1 1/2 cup nuts/dried fruit/chips of choice
To create your own flavors, you can alter the fat and nuts/dried fruits/chips.
Depending on the flavor combination you are creating, each batch of granola bar needs 1/4 cup of fat.
You can use
- olive oil
- coconut oil
The butter and olive oil will lend itself to a chewier texture. The coconut oil will make your bar a bit harder.
Once you decide on a fat, it’s up to you what you’d like to add to your bar.
You can add
- any kind of nut (almonds, sunflower, walnuts, etc.. )
- any kind of dried fruit (raisins, cherries, cranberries, apricots, coconut, etc…)
- any kind of chip (chocolate chip, dark chocolate, peanut butter chips, etc..)
Play around with your fat and additions. Come up with your own. As long as you use the base recipe, you can’t go wrong!
Making the Perfect Chewy Granola Bar
Once you decide on your own flavor combinations, all you need to do is toss all the ingredients in a large bowl.
Press your mixture down firmly in a buttered and parchment lined pan, then bake for 20 -25 minutes at 350F.
How easy, right?!
The best part is being able to give them to your kids and feeling great about it.
No secret ingredients! No GMO’s! Quick, Easy, Real Food!
Do you make your own granola bars? Tell me, what’s your favorite flavor combination?