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No-Bake Granola Bars

No-Bake Granola Bars

These chewy bars are easy to make, vegan and gluten-free! A great snack, they have a rich chocolate taste that’s satisfying as a dessert treat.

makes 16 bars

  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup or honey
  • 1/2 cup (generous) creamy peanut butter (We use Skippy.)
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 11/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats (Whole rolled oats won’t hold the bars together.)
  • 1 cup crispy rice cereal (We use Erewhon crispy brown rice.)
  • 3/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips, divided (We use Ghirardelli.)

Line an 8-inch square pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Alternatively, grease bottom and sides of a nonstick pan.

In a large, microwave-safe bowl, combine corn syrup, peanut butter and brown sugar. Heat on high for 1 minute, and stir to partially combine. Heat on high 1 additional minute and stir to combine. Add vanilla, cocoa and salt; stir to combine.

Add oats and stir to combine. Add rice cereal and gently fold in so cereal isn’t completely crushed. Mixture will be thick. Add in half the chocolate chips and stir to combine. They may melt a bit with the warmth of the mixture.

Transfer mixture to prepared pan and pat it down firmly with greased hands or a greased spatula. Sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips and lightly pat them down by hand, or with a spatula.

Cover pan and place in the refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours, until the bars have set. Remove bars from pan, and slice into squares, using a bench scraper (dough cutter) or heavy knife.