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I took a poll on Facebook to find out whether people prefer chewy granola bars or crunchy granola bars. I personally like them both, but have a slight leaning towards crunchy. So it was a surprise to me that 75% of y’all said chewy granola bars are your favorite!
This chewy granola bar recipe has a similar flavor to my favorite crunchy granola bars, Nature Valley, but they don’t crumble as much as a crunchy granola bar does and they won’t break your jaw, either. I sweeten my granola bars with real maple syrup, though I think honey would work, too. Peanut butter and tahini are added for flavor and for binding properties. If you like, use all peanut butter. It also works with almond butter, but I really love the flavor combination of peanut and sesame.
I added some cereal (something called Crunchy Flax that I got at Whole Foods) to lighten up the texture. Rice Krispies works, too. I think any small cereal would work. (Maybe Uncle Sam’s? Does anyone except me and my dad even know what that is?) If you don’t want to mess with buying cereal to put in your granola bars, just add another cup of oats.
Chewy Granola Bars Recipe – printablePrint
Homemade Granola Bars
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 20 mins
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 8
- 2 cups rolled oats (not instant oats)
- 3/4 cup fine-shredded coconut, unsweetened
- 1 cup puffed cereal (Rice Krispies or Crispy Flax)
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted or raw
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons tahini (sesame paste)
- 2 tablespoons butter or coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- dash cinnamon, optional
- Line a 9×9 inch square pan with parchment paper, foil, or wax paper, leaving some overhang to make it easy to remove the granola bars later. Preheat oven to 325ºF.
- Place the oats in a dry skillet over medium-high heat and shake for 2-5 minutes until they are slightly toasted. Dump into a large bowl.
- Add coconut to the skillet and shake for 30-60 seconds until toasted. Add to bowl, along with cereal and sesame seeds. Mix.
- To the same skillet, add syrup, nut butters, butter or coconut oil and heat together, stirring, until bubbling. Turn off heat and add seasonings. Pour this warm syrup over the oats and mix well.
- Press into pan and bake 15 minutes until edges are golden and center is fairly firm. Bake 20 minutes for crunchier bars.
- Cool 5 minutes, then lift out of the pan and cool 10 minutes before slicing into 8 bars.
- Store bars in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days or in the refrigerator up to two weeks. Freeze for longer storage. Bars will be a little hard when cold but within a minute become soft and chewy again.
- Tip: Pack for lunches, breakfast, or snacks, wrapped tightly.