Chewy Homemade Granola Bars
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Chewy Homemade Granola Bars

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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!

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Homemade Granola Bar Ingredients

You only need 7 ingredients to make these homemade granola bars!

Here’s exactly what you’ll need:

Some optional add-ins:

  • Pink Himalayan Salt
  • Chopped Peanuts (or nut of choice)
  • Seeds (chia, hemp, flax)
  • Cacao nibs

How to make homemade granola bars stick together

  • 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.
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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!

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picture evidence of their chewiness

This recipe is flexible!

  • Sticky Sweetener: I love the flavor of honey in this recipe. However, you can use maple syrup or any natural sticky sweetener of choice!
  • Brown Rice Crisps: Can’t find brown rice crisps? That’s a’okay! Just use plain crispy rice cereal. 
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They’re the perfect on-the-go healthy snack!

How to make healthy granola bars at home

Making these homemade granola bars is so simple!

Just follow these 3 easy steps:

  1. 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. 
  1. 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)  
  1. Chill. Cut. Enjoy! Freeze or refrigerate the bars for at least 15 minutes before cutting them and chowing down!
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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. 
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Yield: 12 bars

Chewy Homemade Granola Bars

Chewy Homemade Granola Bars

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!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

Optional Add-ins

  • Dash of Pink Himalayan Salt, Chopped Peanuts (or nut of choice), Chia Seeds, Hemp Seeds, Flax Seeds, or Cacao Nibs

Instructions

1. Make the dough: Pour all ingredients 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).

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 15 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.

Notes

*This recipe makes about 12 granola bars.

  1. 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!
  2. Any protein powder works! Here is a plant based protein powder I love. I used unflavored grass-fed whey and they came out great! You may need more or less milk depending on the protein powder you use.
  3. You can use any size dish here. Just form the bars into the shape that you want them.


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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 186Total Fat: 8.9gTrans Fat: 0gCarbohydrates: 20.6gNet Carbohydrates: 18.2gFiber: 2.4gSugar: 8.7gProtein: 9.1g

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