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Homemade Chewy Granola Bar

Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 12 bars
Calories: 108kcal
Author: Stacey Weichelt, RDN, CD


  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup Cheerios
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1/8 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed ground
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon ground


  • Line an 8 in. x 8 in. baking pan with parchment paper for easy release. It is helpful to line the pan in both directions, using 2 sheets of parchment paper.
  • Add oats, cheerios, pecans, dried cranberries, and chocolate chips in a large bowl. Stir until evenly combined.
  • Add honey and peanut butter to oat mixture and stir until it is evenly distributed.
  • Sprinkle in cinnamon and ground flaxseed. Stir until all ingredients are evenly combined.
  • Press into a lined 8 in. x 8 in. pan and freezer for 1 hour.
  • Cut the pan into 12 pieces (2x6).


Tip: Wrap each bar individually and store in airtight container in freezer, unless consumed within 3 days.
Tip: Place sandwich bags, sprayed with nonstick cooking spray, on the child’s hands to prevent ingredients from sticking.
UPDATE (2.4.18): These granola bars do crumble easier than ones you would typically get from the store. To prevent this from happening, try bringing the honey and peanut butter to a boil before adding to the rest of the ingredients. You could also try baking them for 350F for 10-15 minutes.