Warning: You are going to want to pin and print this recipe because your kids are going to LOVE it and will ask for more. Trust me. This recipe is a winner.
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Okay, okay. Back to the recipe. I love oats and raisins. My kids love those chewy bars with the oat man on them, but I don’t like buying them. We finally came to a happy place when, after hundreds of tries, I nailed this recipe. Goodbye box, hello homemade.
I love this recipe because it’s also no-bake! You read it correctly. It’s a no-bake recipe! Woohooo!!! I hope this recipe is as much of a success at your house as it is in mine.
Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars – MOMables.com
Yields 12 “bars.” After cutting the bars, store in an airtight container or zip bags for up to 1 week.
- Yield: 12 1x
- Cuisine: Snacks
- 2 cups quick oats
- 1 cup crispy rice cereal
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2–3 heaping tablespoons California raisins
- ¼ cup butter or coconut oil
- ¼ cup brown rice syrup
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Line an 8×8 or 9×9 baking pan or glass baking dish with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix the oats, rice cereal, salt, and raisins. Set aside.
- In a small pot, melt the butter, brown rice syrup, and brown sugar. When it starts to boil, reduce the heat, and cook for 4 minutes on medium-low, but make sure the mixture continues to minimally bubble. Stir often. After 4 minutes, turn off the heat, and add the vanilla. Stir to combine.
- Pour the liquid mixture into the dry mixture. Mix well to combine all ingredients.
- Dump evenly coated mixture into the lined baking dish. Cover with parchment paper, and press down with your hands until the mix is well packed. Just when you think you’ve pressed down enough, press again.
- Allow the pan to cool at room temperature for at least 2 hours.
- Lift the parchment paper out onto a cutting board, and slice into 12 bars.