I’m always on the lookout for a good chewy granola bar recipe. Something that doesn’t take a lot of time, has a lot of flavor and can make enough to last my family for a while.
This one is a winner! It is far from health food and works more to satisfy a sweets craving. The recipe I based this off of recommends light corn syrup, so that’s what I used. You can sub out brown rice syrup if you don’t want to use corn syrup, but I’m not sure it will be sticky enough. If you successfully substitute it, please let me know!
These were really simple to make and if you don’t want them to be so sweet, you can cut back on the sugar. They have a flavor that is reminiscent to a snickerdoodle cookie and you can add a lot of other mix-ins to the bars if you’d like — raisins, seeds, nuts, whatever.
What you need to make an 8 x 11 pan of these bars (makes about 21 bars):
1 stick of butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbs cinnamon
3 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
3/4 to 1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup mini semi sweet chips
Coconut oil spray or cooking spray
In a medium microwave safe bowl, add the butter, sugars, and corn syrup and microwave for three minutes on high, stirring every 1 minute. Caution: this will become very hot! Add your salt, vanilla, cinnamon and baking powder to the butter/sugar mixture and stir until incorporated. Mix in oats, then enough flour to thicken the batter. Start with 3/4 Cup flour first, then slowly add the rest, 1 tablespoon at a time until it is no longer sticky. Do not over add the flour. You don’t want your batter to be crumbly because it won’t hold together.
Spread the mixture in an 8 x 11 inch glass baking pan lined with foil (spray foil with cooking spray/coconut oil spray). Smooth out the granola and press down. To do this, I sprayed the top of the bars with coconut oil spray then used a piece of plastic wrap and pressed down firmly. Sprinkle mini chocolate chips evenly on top (they will melt a bit) and push into mixture. Let the bars cool in fridge for two hours before cutting and storing in the fridge. I cut them in 1 x 3 inch bars that can be wrapped individually or all together in an airtight container.