No Bake Chocolate Chip Granola Bar Recipe

Hey y’all!  While on my little quest for some make-ahead lunches, I ran across an intriguing recipe for a no-bake homemade granola bar.  I found it on Lauren’s Latest, but she originally got it from Rachel Ray and adapted it to make it healthier.  That’s right. Healthy.  Granola. Bars. {With chocolate chips, I might add!}

So, Jayna and I gave it a shot yesterday:

The Ingredients:

    • 2 c quick cooking oats (not rolled oats!)
    • 1c Rice Krispies
    • 1/4c butter
    • 1/4c honey
    • 1/3c packed brown sugar
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla
    • 2 Tbsp chocolate chips {or as many as your three-year-old deems fit!}…..or cinnamon chips…..or raisins….or marshmallows….or….

Directions:

In a large bowl, stir together the Rice Krispies and quick cooking oats. Set aside.

In a separate small sauce pan, melt together the butter, honey and brown sugar. Bring to a slow boil and then reduce the heat and simmer for about 2 minutes.

Pour the vanilla into the saucepan and stir well.

Pour the hot liquids over the Rice Krispies and Oat mixture and stir well immediately, until well coated.

Pour into a lightly greased jelly roll pan (or use parchment paper, like we did) and pack firmly until it’s about 3/4 inch thick.  You will only use about a third of your pan.

Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top and gently push each down into the mixture to set.

Cool on a countertop for an hour…then pack down some more.

Lauren’s instructions said to cool on the countertop for 2 hours and then cut and wrap the bars and store at room temperature.  But we found that by cooling in the fridge for an hour BEFORE cutting, really helped solidify them.  Amelia had a hard time waiting for them to chill.  She was literally drooling on the fridge!

We also decided to keep them in a Tupperware in the fridge.  They are a little hard when you first take them out, but when they thaw, they can get a little crumbly.  So I think it will be perfect for lunch boxes!

Some of them were a little heavy on the chocolate chips…while others were bare!  (But remarkably still delicious!)

This was only about half the batch!

I’m thinking about drizzling caramel or some of that chocolate candy shell on top next time. Yum!

 Overall, a GREAT recipe to make with your kids.  It was really fast (other than the 2 hours of solidifying) and Jayna was able to {carefully} help with ever single step of the process!  I see more of these in the future!

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Comments

  1. They look yummy! May have to try it.

  2. These look great and I have a three year old who would love to help me.

    • They really are the perfect treat for three-year-olds to help with. Jayna looooooved squishing the chocolate chips in! Thanks for visiting!

  3. They look yummy!

  4. WonkyWonderful says:

    Yummy – These look delicious! Lucky Kiddos :)

  5. I think my kids would love this! Pinned it. Thank you for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends this week! I hope to see you again Tuesday! :)

  6. These look great! Thanks for sharing at Saturday Show and Tell. I hope you be back this week with more great stuff!
    -Mackenzie
    http://www.cheeriosandlattes.com

  7. These look delicious! Thanks for sharing at Saturday Show and Tell. I hope you be back this week with more great stuff!
    -Mackenzie
    http://www.cheeriosandlattes.com

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