This No Bake Homemade Granola Bars Recipe has just 6 ingredients and takes 10 minutes to make. My healthy granola bars are perfect to keep in your purse for emergencies or send in your child’s lunchbox to school.
Healthy No Bake Homemade Granola Bars Recipe
I grew up taking lunch to school and Quaker Chewy Granola Bars were always a staple. I liked all the flavors but my favorite was the classic chocolate chip.
There are times now when I’m running errands that I wish I could just grab a granola bar and keep going. But of all the healthy granola bars I’ve tried none of them hit the spot.
When I decided to make my own No Bake Granola Bars Recipe I knew that I wanted simple flavors, simple ingredients, and chocolate chips. This combination of flavors and textures reminds me of those lunch box chocolate chip granola bars I grew up on.
These granola bars are chewy, crunchy, sweet, and have just the right amount of chocolate chips. In my opinion, this is the perfect healthy chewy granola bar recipe!
How to make Granola Bars
To make granola bars you just hold some ingredients together with syrup. You can make them with almost anything and I’m sure you’ve seen some odd ones in the store before. Pumpkin Seeds + Goji Berries + Raw Cacao Butter + Pistachios + Himalayan Sea Salt.
I think I’ll stick with almonds, coconut, and chocolate chips. But if the above combination for no bake granola bars sounds good to you give it a try! As long as you have 3 cups of mix-ins to the amount of syrup I have listed it could work.
Tips for Homemade Granola Bars
Making the syrup for this recipe is similar to making caramel but you don’t need to cook it as long. You just want the syrup to start to thicken and turn a deep golden color.
Once that happens just mix in the nuts and coconut and spread it in your baking pan. Make sure to line the pan with greased parchment or waxed paper or you will have a hard time removing the no bake granola bars later.
Next just sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of the still hot nut and coconut mixture. The heat will make the chocolate chips melt just enough the stick to the tops of the homemade granola bars.
After that, you just have to chill the no-bake granola bars and then cut them. They cut easily with a large sharp knife. If you are having trouble cutting the granola bars please carefully sharpen your knife and try again.
These homemade granola bars stay chewy for a few days but do get firmer and more crunchy with longer storage.
For some other great kid-friendly snacks try these:
Line a 9 x 9 square baking pan with parchment paper. Grease with coconut oil. Coarsely chop the almonds and coconut flakes by pulsing in a food processor.
Combine the sweeteners and coconut cream over medium-high heat. Simmer rapidly, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens and turns golden.
Stir the almonds and coconut flakes into the syrup. Pour into the prepared pan. Press flat with a spatula or wooden spoon. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on the hot nut mixture. It should be hot enough that they melt a little and stick.
Cool to room temperature. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Lift the parchment paper out of the pan. Cut the granola bars using a sharp knife.
*** This recipe will not work with a more concentrated sweetener. You need a sweetener that is 1:1 to sugar or you will not have enough syrup to hold the granola bars together. Using 1 cup of my sweetener or Gentle Sweet makes these too sweet.
*** I prefer the taste of using both xylitol and erythritol. Using 1 cup of one of those should work but I have not tested it.