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Chewy Granola Bar Recipe: Cranberry Chocolate Chip Bars

chewy granola bar recipe

If Pinterest is to be believed, you can’t make homemade granola bars without wrapping them individually in parchment paper and baker’s twine.

But, believe it or not, my children will eat these granola bars even without a pretty twine bow.

Also, I didn’t have any parchment paper or baker’s twine.

When Bart and I lived in Boston and were both working full-time, I made these for our lunches every couple of weeks, but then Ella was born, and we moved, and I only made them once between then and now.

When I finally made them again back in 2015 and took my first bite, it took me right back to my dusty office in my school library, where I ate my lunch every day. I usually could only resist this bar until about 10 a.m., which I always regretted by lunchtime when there was no granola bar left.

This chewy granola bar recipe is even better now I don’t have to eat them in a dusty office crawling with spiders.

homemade chewy granola bars


Cranberry, Coconut, and Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

(adapted from Smitten Kitchen)
Course Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Cooling Time 40 minutes
Servings 16 bars
Author Janssen Bradshaw


  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup nuts I like cashews and almonds best
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup mini or regular chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut I like unsweetened, but either is fine
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter or oil
  • 6 Tablespoons honey maple syrup, or corn syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon water


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x9 baking pan with tinfoil, spray with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Put the oats in a blender and blend for about 5 seconds. The oats on the bottom will be very fine, and the oats on the top will be barely blended.
  3. Pour the oats in a mixing bowl and add the sugar, salt, cinnamon, nuts, cranberries, chocolate chips, and coconut. Stir and set aside.
  4. In a small saucepan, melt the peanut butter, butter/oil and honey together until smooth. Stir in the water, then pour it all over the dry mixture and stir until well-coated.
  5. Press firmly into the prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes, until the edges are nicely browned.
  6. Let cool completely, then remove from the pan, peel off the foil, and cut into squares.
  7. These freeze beautifully!


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  • Reply Rebecca Lately May 13, 2014 at 11:38 am

    This sounds perfectly delicious. I love a good granola bar, as do my kids. I'm going to try this on the weekend!

  • Reply Librarian Lavender May 13, 2014 at 11:51 am

    I love the combination of chocolate and cranberries. Those granola bars sound delicious! And good for you there's no spidery office anymore…

  • Reply Jennifer June 18, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    We made these and they were delicious. However, they just didn't hold together, so we just ended up eating them in chunks. What's the secret to getting them in bar form?

  • Reply Janssen June 21, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    You really need to press them together. If they won't hold together, maybe add a little more honey. Good luck!

  • Reply Natalie January 3, 2019 at 8:01 am

    Making these today! (Sans cranberries because I don’t have any and I’m home all day without a car.) They look delicious!

  • Reply Katie Almeida Spencer January 4, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    Made these today with sunflower butter, cherries, almonds, and maple syrup – perfection.

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