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Homemade Chewy Granola Bar Recipe

This is an easy, soft, chewy granola bar recipe. They are the perfect, gluten-free back to school snack packed with oats, and peanut butter. Learn how to make chewy granola bar in a few simple steps.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 bars
Calories: 478kcal
Author: Hina Gujral


  • 1 ¼ Cup instant oats
  • 1 Cup chopped almonds
  • Cup dried cranberry
  • Cup dark chocolate chips
  • ½ Cup creamy peanut butter
  • Cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder


  • Grease and line with parchment paper a 9 x 13 inch (23 x 33 cm) baking pan. Set aside. Preheat oven at 180 degrees Celcius for 10 minutes.
  • In a large bowl mix together all the dry ingredients - oats, almonds, cranberry, chocolate chips, and cinnamon powder. Set aside.
  • Transfer honey and peanut butter to a saucepan. Mix nicely. Heat for 20 - 30 seconds stirring continuously to make a smooth liquid. Do not heat or cook for too long. Turn off the heat. Remove the saucepan from the stovetop.
  • Add vanilla extract and whisk to combine. The peanut butter mixture should be of spoon dropping consistency.
  • Pour over the oat mixture. With a large spoon or spatula, stir the mixture, making sure all the dry ingredients are completely coated with the peanut butter liquid.
  • Transfer the granola into the greased baking pan. Using fingers/back of a glass/bowl lightly press the granola into an even layer.
  • Bake for about 18 – 20 minutes, or until set in the middle rack of the oven. Remove from the oven and let cool for about 2 - 3 hours before cutting into bars.
  • Store granola bars in a clean airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge.



  • I have used gluten-free whole oats for making granola bars.
  • In case you are allergic to almonds, use hazelnuts, pistachio, or any other nuts.
  • Feel free to use dried blueberries, figs, apricot, or golden raisins.
  • Any good quality, creamy nut butter will do the job. I love the flavor of peanut butter, hence used it.
  • If the nut butter you are using is of a liquid consistency, skip adding honey.
  • For making vegan chewy granola bars, use stevia, molasses, or liquid brown sugar instead of honey.


Calories: 478kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 112mg | Potassium: 586mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 22g | Calcium: 128mg | Iron: 3mg