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Homemade granola bars and are a great grab and go breakfast or snack

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I’m not a huge fan of breakfast during the work week. I don’t particularly think of eggs or toast at 5:45 in the morning. My first thought is, “really? It’s time to get up for work again?” and the second thought is, “so, where’s my cup of coffee?” It’s just really hard for me to imagine eating anything that early in the morning. It’s like my brain hasn’t fully woken up to function the whole chewing and swallowing part of eating.

What I am a fan of? Grab and go breakfasts or snacks. That’s what I usually end up doing during work weeks. I grab a cereal bar and eat it at the office with a cup of coffee. It’s much easier and by the time I get to work, I’ve had 30 minutes to let the coffee get to work.

Not all breakfast bars are healthy though and I know those Quaker Chewy bars aren’t the greatest for you, especially for breakfast, so when I saw these homemade granola bars popping up amongst us food bloggers, I knew I had to give this a try.

They’re so addicting! I could’ve eaten the entire pan and probably wouldn’t have felt bad at all ;) I had some extra walnuts sitting around from a past baking project so I threw walnuts in here, but you certainly don’t have to because of nut allergies. You can even jazz it up with peanut butter chips and chocolate drizzle or with another nut or dried fruit. This, again, is another very versatile snack that you can easily manipulate to cater to what you want. Did I mention they were healthy? Well, probably not too healthy if you load up the sweets but I still say it’s better than store-bought!

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Homemade Granola Bars: Chocolate Chips & Walnuts

Homemade granola bars and are a great grab and go breakfast or snack!
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 12


  • ¼ cup (57 g) butter
  • ¼ cup (85 g) honey
  • cup (73 g) packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 cups (160 g) quick cooking oats, not rolled oats
  • 1 cup (19 g) crispy rice cereal
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup (117 g) walnuts, finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoon mini chocolate chips
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  • Lightly grease a baking sheet, set aside.
  • In a large bowl, stir oats, rice cereal, and walnuts together, set aside.
  • In a medium saucepot, melt the butter, honey, and brown sugar together until it comes to a bubble. Reduce the heat then cook for 2 minutes more.
  • Add vanilla to the saucepot and stir.
  • Pour the mixture over the dry ingredients and mix together until just moistened.
  • Pour onto prepared baking sheet and press out to about 3/4 inch thick – if your sheet is too big, you can press them all to one half of the baking sheet to make them thicker. Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips and press them down lightly. Let cool on countertop until room temperature or for 2 hours, then cut into bars.



Serving: 1bar, Calories: 189kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 11g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 12g

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  1. I only have rolled oats – do I need to make any changes to the recipe if using these, such as cooking longer?


    1. no, you should be fine. it just might taste more raw than the quick oats because they’re bigger pieces of oat, if that makes sense.

  2. I love going on hikes and love having homemade granola, so why not combine the two? This sounds like it would definitely hit the spot after going on a nice trail!

  3. Made these yesterday for my husband’s Marines…Played with the recipe some and made 4 different types, peanut butter chocolate chip, caramel white chocolate, cinnamon graham cracker, and milk chocolate white chocolate peanut butter. I tasted them as I was cutting them, all very good! Thanks for the recipe!

  4. These were great. Just the granola bars I was looking for so thank you very much.
    I added a pinch of salt to them.

  5. I’m one of those people with a multitude of food allergies/intolerances. I can get around gluten and dairy in this recipe easily enough, and the others aren’t present, but I’ve been advised to not consume sugar. I’m still fairly new at it, and I do know many substitutes that work but was wondering whether it is super important to use brown sugar, for like, chemical reasons or something?

    1. No, there is not a super important use for brown sugar in this, mostly just to sweeten it. I feel like you can use honey together with agave nectar instead if that isn’t too much sugar.