Looking for the perfect chewy granola bars recipe? This Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars recipe might just be the perfect fit! If you love the chewy style granola bars from the store, you will love this recipe that only takes about 10 minutes to make.
Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars Recipe
I love making little snacks for my kids and experimenting with making my own versions of store-bought foods. Lately, my boys have been loving granola bars but it’s hard to find them without extra, unneeded ingredients and it’s even harder to find them without chocolate (my oldest claims he doesn’t like chocolate!).
This recipe that we came up with is super easy…only about 10 minutes to make not including cooling time. Plus it’s very customizable so if we ever decide we want to add something other than raisins, we can do that.
Another great thing about this recipe is that it’s no-bake and nut free!
–You might also love my Crunchy Granola Bars Recipe.
Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars Recipe
What You Need:
- 1 3/4 cup Quick Cooking Oatmeal
- 1 1/4 cup Crispy Cereal
- 1/3 cup Raisins
- 1/4 cup Brown Sugar or Raw Sugar
- 1/3 cup Coconut Oil
- 1/3 cup Honey
A few notes on the ingredients. You can use brown sugar or raw sugar for the sugar in this recipe. I used raw sugar. You could also add less sugar or possibly leave it out. I’m still experimenting with that. If you added chocolate chips instead of raisins I would for sure leave out the sugar.
I also used a refined coconut oil for this recipe, that’s the coconut oil that does not have the coconutty flavor. If you don’t mind the coconut flavor you can use the extra virgin coconut oil instead.
Also, note that we use quick cooking oatmeal in this recipe. Old-fashioned oats will not work. (The granola bars will not stick together as well.)
In a large bowl, combine the oatmeal, crispy rice cereal, and the raisins. This is a great recipe to have a helper in the kitchen with. Today my 3 year old insisted on helping Mama make the snack.
In a saucepan, combine the coconut oil, sugar, and honey. Bring to a boil and boil for a minute or two.
Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and combine well. (Pic courtesy of my 3 year old 🙂 )
Place a piece of parchment paper in an 8×8 baking dish. Pour your granola bars mixture into the pan and use a spoon or hands to pat it down tightly into the pan. Place the pan into the fridge for at least 30 minutes to an hour so the bars can set up. (Another pic courtesy of my 3-year-old.)
After the bars have been in the fridge for a while, remove the pan and pull the bars out of the pan by lifting the parchment paper. Cut into 12 bars. Place in an airtight container and store in the fridge until ready to enjoy.
This Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars recipe is so easy to make and can easily be changed up depending on the flavors you want to enjoy. Here are some ideas for variations:
- Replace the raisins with any other dried fruit such as cranberries.
- Replace the raisins with mini chocolate chips (add in last so they won’t melt).
- Dip in chocolate for a special coating.
- Use chocolate crispy rice cereal for a chocolate bar.
- Add in peanut butter chips instead of raisins.
- Add a few marshmallows in the saucepan with the wet ingredients along with chocolate chips for a “smores” flavor.
These are such a fun little snack, my kids love them! They can be made up quickly and are easy to store. You can also double the recipe and put them in a 9×13 pan. These Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars can be frozen if you make extras.
A few more things…
How long do Granola Bars last?
These Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars will last for at least a week in the fridge if stored in an airtight container. They can be frozen in a freezer bag or container for up to two months. Only put them in the freezer once they have completely cooled. Once you remove them from the freezer, let them thaw in the fridge before enjoying.
How to make Granola Bars stick together?
This Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars recipe contains honey, it’s the special ingredients that will make them stick together. Many recipes use peanut butter or marshmallows but this one uses honey. 🙂
How to make Granola Bars chewy?
The key to the chewy granola bars is the quick cooking oats instead of using old-fashioned oats. You will also want to make sure that you don’t boil the honey too long or it may get closer to the candy stage and get a little crunchy.
I hope that you will enjoy making this Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bar recipe and that it’s something that the whole family will love!