These Chewy Homemade Granola Bars are the perfect healthy snack! They’re soft, extra chewy, and have the perfect crunch. You’ll never go back to store-bought granola bars again! Protein packed, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, with a vegan option!
Homemade Granola Bar Ingredients
You only need 7 ingredients to make these homemade granola bars!
Sticky Natural Sweetener: The maple syrup or honey we use in this recipe helps hold the homemade granola bars together.
Plant Based Milk: I wanted to make sure these homemade granola bars stuck together without having to use a gallon of honey. That’s why I included the plant based milk too! This simple ingredient helps the granola bar ingredients stick together without making them overly sweet.
How chewy are these healthy granola bars?
These healthy granola bars are the chewiest!!! I don’t know how else to put it. They also have the perfect crunch to them from the brown rice crisps. The texture may vary a little depending on what protein powder you use. See down below, which kind of protein powder I use to make these bars extra chewy!
Grass-fed whey protein powder is my secret weapon in this recipe. Plus it’s unflavored so you can actually taste the oats, honey, and other ingredients perfectly. Don’t have unflavored protein powder? Don’t worry! See the list of easy swaps below!
Make the dough. Dump all the ingredients in a medium bowl and mix it up! Press the peanut butter around with the back of a large spoon to ensure it is evenly dispersed.
Form the bars. Line a 1.5 quart baking dish with parchment paper and press the dough into it. Compact the dough so that the bars stick together and hold their shape. (You can use the back of a measuring cup to do this)
Chill. Cut. Enjoy! Freeze or refrigerate the bars for at least 15 minutes before cutting them and chowing down!
Where to store homemade granola bars?
Can you freeze homemade granola bars? Absolutely. It’s amazing how well these granola bars keep in the freezer! You pull one out and the texture is still just as chewy! No rock hard granola bars here.
How do you freeze homemade granola bars? Place the chewy homemade granola bars in an airtight container or zip lock bag and they will stay fresh in the freezer for up to 3 months! (they will still be chewy straight from freezer!)
Can you store homemade granola bars in the fridge? Yes! The fridge is a great place to keep homemade granola bars fresh. Store homemade granola bars in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a month!
Can you store these granola bars at room temperature? These bars can be stored in an airtight container or resealable bag at room temperature for up to one week.
These Chewy Homemade Granola Bars are the perfect healthy snack! They’re soft, extra chewy, and have the perfect crunch. You’ll never go back to store-bought granola bars again! Protein packed, vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free!
Dash of Pink Himalayan Salt, Chopped Peanuts (or nut of choice), Chia Seeds, Hemp Seeds, Flax Seeds, or Cacao Nibs
1. Make the dough: Pour all ingredients except crispy brown rice cereal in a medium size bowl and mix by pressing the peanut butter into the other ingredients with the back of a large spoon. The dough should stick together (you may need more or less milk depending on your protein powder). Fold in the brown rice cereal last.
2. Form the bars: Line a 1.5-quart baking dish (see note 3) with parchment paper and press the dough into it. Compact the dough so that the bars stick together (you can use the back of a measuring cup to do this).
3. Chill, Cut, & Enjoy: Freeze or refrigerate the bars for at least 30 minutes before cutting them to ensure they’re set. Store in an airtight bag or container in the freezer for up to 3 months, in the fridge for up to a month or at room temperature for one week.
*This recipe makes about 12 granola bars.
Look for a peanut butter with only “peanuts” or “peanuts and salt” as the ingredients. I love this brand! You can swap in any nut butter of choice too. Use sunflower seed butter to keep this recipe nut-free! Use code "shh20" for free shipping!
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