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Chewy Honey Granola Bars

These bars have sweetness from the honey, chewiness from the raisins, hints of chocolate and cinnamon, and a bit of crunch. They freeze well, too. — Tasha Lehman, Williston, Vermont
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    20 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 cups unsweetened puffed wheat cereal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine the first 8 ingredients. In a small bowl, combine honey, butter and vanilla; pour over oat mixture and mix well. (Mixture will be sticky.)
  • Press into a 13x9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake 14-18 minutes or until set and edges are lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars.
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Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 178 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 81mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat.
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  • mrscrazyed1
    Jan 14, 2019

    When I first made this dish, was sorely disappointed. First of all, could not find puffed wheat cereal — anywhere. The bars themselves, after cooling, were very flaky and literally fell apart. They tasted good — just were very clumsy to eat and not very user-friendly. Decided to freeze the leftover bars for later use. Amazing! They froze incredibly well, and the structure was a little more cohesive. After having written them off my “keeper” list, I have reinstated this as a go-to snack to have on hand.

  • Levsgirl
    Dec 28, 2017

    This recipe is wonderful. My husband takes lunch everyday and this is something I can easily pack. Yummy, yummy! I substituted about 1/4 cup maple syrup because I ran out of honey. It was really good!!

  • LeslieH
    Apr 8, 2016

    Great flavour. Would definitely make again. A good tip: Grease your spoon or your hands if you are using them, when pressing the mix in the pan. It is very sticky and the margarine helps with this.

  • keebee123
    Jul 22, 2015

    My husband won't eat store bought anymore. I switch out Ing. sometimes and add Blueberries or cherries! He takes one to work every day so I like to mix it up. But stick with the basic recipe, Thanks for a great recipe.

  • cher65
    Apr 25, 2015

    My family loved these will make :)

  • samickim
    Mar 11, 2015

    Excellent. I changed the raisins to cranberries and the walnuts to almonds. Next time I think I'll try pistachios. They were gone SO fast. If you have trouble with them being crumbly, just pat them down with a glass bottom the same way you do rice krispie treats before baking them. It worked great!

  • flj6125
    Mar 9, 2015

    Delicious.

  • muffbear74
    Nov 18, 2014

    Mine tasted OK, but were more crumbly than chewy; maybe I should have soaked the raisins first.

  • heart97
    Oct 22, 2014

    ok

  • Dearydot
    Oct 6, 2014

    Loved the flavor and the lower calorie version of granola bars, but mine didn't stay in the bar form very well. I actually ended up putting chunks of the granola in a bowl and poured some almond milk over it and it was super yummy.Also, adaly, you can find puffed wheat in the cereal section of most grocery stores. I just bought a bag for $1 at Walmart and I know Malt-o-Meal makes it in a bagged cereal too. It's usually very inexpensive.