Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (Quaker Copycat)
These Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars are easy to make for homemade snacks. They are made with recognizable ingredients including honey, coconut oil and oats. This is the best chewy granola bar recipe!
Try these Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars and you won’t want to buy a box from the store again! I tested and retested this recipe until it was just right. We’ve been eating a lot of homemade granola bars lately, but we don’t mind one bit!
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These chocolate chip granola bars taste almost exactly like the Quaker chewy chocolate chip granola bars from the store. This homemade version is even better, though, because these bars are made fresh with recognizable ingredients. Food is always better when you make it yourself, rather than open it from a package that it’s been sitting in for who knows how long. My homemade graham cracker recipe is another delicious example.
My banana chocolate chip granola bars recipe is well loved by those who have tried it. That recipe is made with ripe bananas, and I thought you would also like to have a classic, banana-free chewy chocolate chip granola bar recipe!
This recipe makes 27 small granola bars. That might sound like a lot, but you will be surprised at how quickly they disappear! The bars freeze well or you can store them in your refrigerator for about a week.
You can halve this recipe and use an 8×8-inch pan if you wish. I like to make the full recipe because if I’m going to prep a homemade snack like granola bars, I figure I might as well get the most out of my time.
How to make chewy chocolate chip granola bars:
The steps for making these homemade granola bars are simple. First, heat coconut oil, honey and salt in a small saucepan. When it starts to bubble, let it continue to cook over low heat for 1-2 minutes. This will help the mixture better hold the granola bars together. Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract for flavor.
You’ll want to let this mixture cool slightly so that it won’t melt the chocolate chips (unless you want them to melt – that might be good too!). While it cools, stir together old fashioned oats and brown rice crisp cereal.
Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and stir until well combined. Then, stir in the chocolate chips. Press the mixture very firmly into a 13×9-inch baking dish that you’ve lined with parchment paper. Read the tip below about how to press the mixture into the pan to help the bars stay together.
I like to press a few extra chocolate chips into the tops of the bars. My kids like to see lots of chocolate chips in their granola bars! 🙂
Tips for making this chewy granola bars recipe:
- Be sure to use a very firm hand when pressing the granola bar mixture into the pan. I’ve found that the best way to press the bars together is to lay a piece of parchment over the top (to prevent sticking) and then use your hand to press down on a large spatula all over the top of the bars.
- Mini chocolate chips work better than regular size in this recipe. Or, leave the chocolate chips out for granola bars that are refined sugar-free.
- I haven’t tested this myself, but I think you could add 1/4 – 1/2 cup of peanut butter to this recipe for peanut butter chocolate chip granola bars. Stir the peanut butter into the wet ingredients with the vanilla extract. I will test this soon and give an update here!
Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (Quaker Copycat)
- ½ cup coconut oil
- ¾ cup honey
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 4 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 ½ cup brown rice crisp cereal
- ½ cup mini chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9-inch baking dish with two pieces of parchment paper, perpendicular to each other. Let each piece of parchment overhang on two opposite sides of the pan.
- Place coconut oil, honey and salt in a small saucepan. Heat over low heat, stirring, until the mixture comes to a low boil. Continue to let it bubble as you stir it for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. Let the mixture cool for 2-3 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir together the oats and brown rice crisp cereal.
- Pour the coconut oil and honey mixture over the oats and cereal in the bowl and stir until well combined. Stir in about 2/3 of the chocolate chips.
- Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish. Lay a piece of parchment across the top and use a rubber spatula and your hand to press it very firmly into the pan. Be sure to press the mixture down firmly to make sure that the bars will hold together when you cut them.
- Sprinkle on the remaining chocolate chips and gently press them into the top of the bars.
- Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool and then chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour before cutting into bars.
- Store granola bars wrapped airtight in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks (we never have any left after 1 week!) or the freezer for up to 3 months.
These look amazing. I want to make them for my daughter’s preschool class snack. I’m wondering if it’s ok to keep them out of the refrigerator for a couple of hours or is it best to keep them refrigerated? I don’t want them falling apart.
Hi Val, Thank you! I’ve tested this! After being out of the refrigerator for a few hours the bars won’t fall apart. They might crumble slightly in preschoolers’ hands, but that could happen with lots of things. 😉
I love homemade granola bars so much and I’m dying to make a batch of these. They look perfect!
Thank you, Marcie! I hope you like them as much as we do!
Made these this Sunday and they were excellent (and easy)! Just the right amount crunch and they’re keeping well in the frig. A keeper recipe. Pete
I’m so happy to hear that you like these! Thank you for taking the time to let us know. 🙂
These look great . Do you have any ideas for what to sub for coconut oil ? Also, do you think that they will work with 1/2 cup of honey ? Thanks !
The coconut oil helps the bars hold together, since it solidifies as it cools. I don’t have a substitution for it. I tried this recipe with less honey than 3/4 cup (because I always try to reduce sugar when possible) and the bars wouldn’t hold together. 🙁
I made these and they taste great but as soon as I took them out of the fridge and cut into them they fell apart. Please help! My husband goes hunting tomorrow!
I’m sorry that happened! Without being there in your kitchen, it’s hard for me to know what might have gone wrong. When I tested this recipe, I found that you needed to use the full amount of coconut oil and honey to help the bars stick together. It’s also important to press the mixture very firmly into the pan, as described in the recipe instructions, to help the bars hold together.
can i use regular sugar instead of honey?
You need to use honey because it helps to bind the bars together.
How did you keep the chips from melting?
You can let the granola mixture cool for a few minutes before stirring in the chocolate chips. They might melt a little in the oven, but will firm up again as the granola bars cool. Enjoy!
Is there something you can use in place of honey?
The honey is needed to help hold the granola bars together. I haven’t had luck with other sweeteners working as well as honey in this recipe.
Hi there! Did you ever try peanut butter? Would love to add this in for extra protein and saw you mention possibly trying. Thanks! We
I haven’t tried it yet. If you decide to give it a try, let me know how it works. 🙂
Hi! I’ve made this recipe twice and I love it! My only qualm is that refrigerating them makes my bars not so chewy and more like the texture of those mature valley bars. Any tips to keep them chewy?
You can try letting the bars come to room temperature before serving. I’m glad you are enjoying this recipe!
I have made this recipe a couple times now and it is faultless! Love how easy and how quick these bars are to make! Thanks for a great recipe ?