Homemade Chewy Fudge Granola Bars

Super chewy chocolate peanut butter granola bars. A simple no-bake recipe!

No-Bake Chewy Fudge Granola Bars - peanut butter, chocolate, so simple. sallysbakingaddiction.com

Today’s granola bars are the epitome of chew!  Think store-bought chewy granola bar meets fudgy no-bake cookie. Packed with ordinary ingredients like crunchy peanuts, chewy oats, creamy coconut oil, plump raisins, and melty chocolate. Really really really melty chocolate!

A healthy medley of texture, taste, sweet & salty all in one little snack bar. Simple and innocent as they seem, these have got to be the best granola bar I’ve ever tasted.  That’s mighty big praise for a simple little no-bake bar. Store bought have nothing on these.

So what makes them so wonderful? Let me count the ways!

It’s a recipe that comes together in 10 minutes flat; you hardly have to expend and effort to make these. The ingredients are all pantry-staples. Nothing weird and certainly nothing unheard of.

Start with coconut oil. Coconut oil lends the softest texture EVER to no-bake cookies or granola bars.  Combined with some chocolate chips, it creates a luscious and creamy base for the rest of today’s ingredients.  Plus, it’s a much healthier fat than canola oil or butter. Read here for the health benefits of coconut oil

Please note: there is no underlying coconut taste in these bars. So even if you loathe coconut, no fret! You won’t be able to taste it.

No-Bake Chewy Fudge Granola Bars - peanut butter, chocolate, so simple. sallysbakingaddiction.com

We’ve also got a mix of old-fashioned rolled oats and crispy rice cereal (Rice Krispies).  The oats give the bars an unbelievably chewy texture and the crispy rice cereal gives the bars some bulk.

Much unlike the funky gunky stuff you’ll find in store-bought bars, my granola bars are sweetened with maple syrup. Holding the bars together is a hefty dose of crunchy peanut butter. We all know the magic powers of peanut butter & chocolate, so let’s just move right along. ;)

Let’s talk chunks. When it comes to granola bars, the more chunks, the better. In addition to the chunky peanut butter, I threw honey roasted peanuts and raisins into my granola bars.  My pantry is nearly always stocked with both because I eat and bake with them so often. Feel free to use whatever chunks you like – coconut, butterscotch chips, almonds, banana chips, seeds, or dried cranberries.  The bars are completely customizable to what you like– the sky is the limit here.

The coconut oil makes the bars unbelievably soft. The melted chocolate chips turn into fudge. You have chunky peanut butter and peanuts to give the bars back some crunch.  Chewy oats, plump raisins keeping their shape, and crispy rice cereal. One bite is pure texture overload!

Store these no-bake granola bars in the refrigerator.  Kept at room temperature, the bars will not hold their shape and get quite melty due to the liquidty components of coconut oil. Served cold, these bars are like biting into a cold candy bar. Exactly what I’m looking for after a long work day or at midnight. It happens.

No-Bake Chewy Fudge Granola Bars - peanut butter, chocolate, so simple. sallysbakingaddiction.com

Molded in an 8×8 baking pan, the bars can be cut into any shape you prefer. I cut mine into easy squares and got 12. Try cutting them into rectangles, like store bought chewy granola bars. Or just go at the whole pan with a fork, knife, and napkin. Or use your chocolate-y fingers!

The bars are completely vegan. If you follow a vegan diet, make sure to check the ingredients on your chocolate chips to assure they’re dairy-free.

To err on the healthy side, I didn’t use too many chocolate chips in the granola bar base. I simply added them back in on top of the bars. These granola bars are LONG gone from our kitchen, so today’s post is torture as I sit here typing. Next batch I’m totally adding M&Ms or sprinkles. (!!!)

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Chewy Fudge Granola Bars

Makes 12 squares, depending on size they are cut. Vegan if using vegan chocolate chips. Gluten Free if using certified gluten free oats and rice crisp cereal.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter (or creamy)
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup (or honey)
  • 1 and 1/4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup crispy rice cereal
  • 3/4 cup add-ins (I used raisins and honey roasted peanuts)
  • 3 Tablespoons mini chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:

  1. Line an 8-inch or 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt the coconut oil and chocolate chips together until smooth. Stir in the peanut butter and maple syrup. Remove from heat.
  3. Mix in the oats, crispy rice cereal, and add-ins. Press mixture into prepared baking pan. I used the back of a spatula to evenly press. Top with mini chocolate chips if desired.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or freeze for up to one hour. Cut bars into squares. Store bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.

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117 Responses to “Homemade Chewy Fudge Granola Bars”

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    baker streetposted October 19, 2012 at 5:48 am

    I love that it has really really really melty chocolate! Mmmm.. Chewy + chocolate + raisins – I think we have a winner here! :)

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    • Sallyreplied on October 19th, 2012 at 7:22 am

      i’m glad you don’t mind the raisins! people sometimes hate on them… they are my FAVORITE paired with chocolate though! :)

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    Averie @ Averie Cooksposted October 19, 2012 at 6:05 am

    Sally they look awesome, job well done! Love that you made them with coconut oil and there’s tons of choc, PB, and coconut oil…and texture! Yes, texture is a must. They look soft yet chewy, the perfect combo! And I know what you mean about typing posts and editing pics of food that’s long gone that you wish you still had!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 19th, 2012 at 7:23 am

      thank you Averie! the texture is unbelievable. soft yet crunchy, chewy, sticky, and salty/sweet. So many flavors/textures and so very rich tasting from the coconut oil. I swear by coconut oil!

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    Jocelyn @BruCrew Lifeposted October 19, 2012 at 6:57 am

    Those do look really good! Great idea to use the coconut oil to give it an even healthier punch! Soft, chewy, and fudgey is just how I like to eat bars. And every time I post a recipe, it makes me crave it again. I almost never post something that is still in my kitchen too. Too much backlog…

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    • Sallyreplied on October 19th, 2012 at 7:23 am

      I have a HUGE backlog! It’s nice to be ahead Jocelyn!

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweetsposted October 19, 2012 at 7:05 am

    This look amazing!!!! Yummers Sally!

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    Saraposted October 19, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Definitely making a batch this morning…fuel for my half marathon on Sunday. These sound so good, and a snap to make. Thank you :)

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    • Sallyreplied on October 19th, 2012 at 7:25 am

      Sara, you’re going to LOVE them! I ate them before many workouts. Perfect texture, lots of energy. GOOD LUCK in the half marathon! You’re going to rock it girl.

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      • Sarareplied on October 19th, 2012 at 7:29 am

        It’s my first and I’m getting nervous…pace pace pace… and enjoy the race ;)

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    Liz (Little Bitty Bakes)posted October 19, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Ooo, the coconut oil caught my eye — that stuff automatically makes anything delicious, it’s some sort of magical ingredient. Definitely add the M&M’s next time!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 19th, 2012 at 7:26 am

      I swear by coconut oil! Paired with chocolate, it makes the base of these pairs SO creamy. And sticky! :)

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    Blog is the New Blackposted October 19, 2012 at 7:41 am

    I’ll take one batch, please.

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    Nicholeposted October 19, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Would honey work in place of maple syrup?? Sounds awesome!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 19th, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      Hey Nichole, yes honey is a great sub for the maple syrup.

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wifeposted October 19, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Hey Sally!
    Just found your blog and I am DROOLING. I have a serious baking addiction myself, and I appreciate your recipes so much! Just did a similar granola bar this week, which was my first time using coconut oil. HOOKED! Thanks for sharing, and I’m excited to connect.
    Cheers,
    Erin

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    • Sallyreplied on October 19th, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      Hi Erin :) thanks for stopping by. I’m glad you like my site! I am very hooked on coconut oil too, it does wonders to granola-like reipes. :)

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddictionposted October 19, 2012 at 11:16 am

    These sound like perfect granola bars! I like how you use coconut oil in them!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 19th, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      I swear by coco oil ;)

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookieposted October 19, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Oh my gosh I LOVE chewy granola bars!

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebelposted October 19, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Mm. These granola bars look righteous, miss Sally! Love that they’re vegan and so simple to make. And I always do that–bake before I blog, so it’s simply torturous writing the post without said snack to munch on :)

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    • Sallyreplied on October 19th, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      I just made and shot some pumpkin cookies and I’m too giddy to wait too long to post them! sometimes I get too excied and need to post things right away hehe. Thanks Hayley! TGIF.

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    Meghan @ After the Ivy Leagueposted October 19, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    These bars look absolutely perfect! I’ve been wanting to make a homemade granola bar that was more chewy, kind of like the storebought variety. Adding coconut oil seems like the answer! Pinning this one! :)

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    • Sallyreplied on October 19th, 2012 at 2:02 pm

      coconut oil will solve the chewy problem meghan – it does wonders, I swear! thanks for the pin!

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishesposted October 19, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    I love using coconut oil in recipes! Mostly because I bought a HUGE jar of it and my husband made me promise I’d actually use it so it was not cheap haha

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    • Sallyreplied on October 19th, 2012 at 2:02 pm

      it’s expensive yes! but SO worth the $$ :)

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    Nicole @ Lapetitebakerposted October 19, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    I’ll never have to buy granola bars again after this recipe. They look hands down amazing!

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    Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchenposted October 19, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Oh no! Coconut oil?! I adore using that stuff. The problem is I have a hard time deciding what to put it in because I don’t want to use it up too quickly…What a dilemma I have.

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    • Sallyreplied on October 20th, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      lol! I agree with you Loretta, I only use it for certain recipes. but thankfully it has a long shelf life!

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    luv what you doposted October 19, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    I have never used coconut oil. Do you melt it first or use it solid?
    Those Gbars look incredible! I love honey roasted peanuts. They make the best homemade PB!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 20th, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      i love coconut oil! it gets melted with the chocolate chips in this recipe. :)

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    Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girlposted October 19, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    I LOVE homemade granola bars, and they are a great healthy snack to have around to feed my kiddo (um, and me). These look great, Sally! Happy Friday!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 20th, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      Happy weekend Ashley and thank you my dear!

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    Julie @ Table for Twoposted October 19, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    you can tell that these are super chewy..i LOVE chewy granola bars. i love the texture and the consistency. these look super good and something i could eat for breakfast – hey, chocolate for breakfast isn’t a bad thing ;)

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    Lisa {Sweet 2 Eat Baking}posted October 20, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Oh Sally these look sooooo good. Why must you always temp me with the coolest looking bars. On these type of bars, fave is my absolute fave too! Do you get Tracker bars in the US? If so, how do these combare to them? They look quite similar.

    Also, I managed to pick up some coconut oil recently too after a recent quest where no-one sold it so am super happy to have some and use it to make these.

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    • Sallyreplied on October 21st, 2012 at 7:01 am

      I’m not familiar with Tracker Bars, Lisa! I love coconut oil – swear by it. Definitely “makes” this recipe so unbelievably chewy and soft!

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    Stephanieposted October 20, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Chewy granola bars are the only way to go!! Especially when melty chocolate is involved!

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    Laura Dembowskiposted October 20, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    I used to eat granola bars all the time. I wish I’d had these instead of the grocery store ones that filled my lunch box.

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    • Sallyreplied on October 20th, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      I lived off of the store-bought granola bars! I’m happy we can make our own – so much cheaper and healthier!

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    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chefposted October 20, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    sally, these look so great! i’ll definitely have to give ‘em a whirl. too bad my husband finished the rice krispies this am!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 21st, 2012 at 7:00 am

      Grrrr! didn’t he know you had big granola bar plans for the cereal? ;) You can leave out the rice krispies and do all oats instead though Sarah!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Deliciousposted October 21, 2012 at 4:08 am

    A 10-minute healthy bar recipe using coconut oil? You are my hero, Sally!

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    Saraposted October 26, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Just put a batch of these in the fridge! Look so good. My baby boy was licking the spatula…. He kept pulling on my pants for more licks :)

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    Trishposted October 29, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    So, if you don’t have coconut oil, could you use something else instead? vegetable oil? stuck in hurricane weather and would love to make these to pass the time.
    Thanks!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 29th, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      Hi Trish, you need the coconut oil’s creamy texture (even after melted down) in order to replicate the gooey chewy factor I reference in the recipe. I would try using butter instead. REgular oil is much too thin. I hope this helps! Thanks Trish!

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      • Trishreplied on October 29th, 2012 at 1:40 pm

        Okay, great. Thank you. Same amount of butter as coconut oil? Thanks again.

        • Sallyreplied on October 29th, 2012 at 1:42 pm

          yes, same amount!

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    Stefanyposted January 5, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Can I just say…….WOW. Holy goodness. I just put these in the refrigerator to cool, but I could not stop eating spoonfuls of this heavenly mixture!! I made them using honey instead, but I added dried cherries, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, peanuts, raisins and goji berries. I don’t know if I have the discipline to wait until they are hardened….I may be digging in within the hour! I’m sure these will be fabulous, and this is one way to get my little ones to eat goji berries! Thank you for this easy and modifiable recipe! Happy New Year!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 5th, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      Happy New Year Stephany!! Thanks so much for the comment and your review of how much you love these! I actualyl just made another batch of these this morning! I wish I had all the add-ins you used. I would love them with pumpkin seeds and dried cherries. Oh well, maybe next time. Oh and the mixture BEFORE pressing them into the pan is addicting. Definitely. :)

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    Lori Kinnairdposted January 6, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Wow these are amazing! Just made some and can’t believe how tasty and easy they are. Thank you Sally for this awesome recipe and website!!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 7th, 2013 at 6:15 am

      Thanks for reporting back about these granola bars, Lori! These are a definite favorite of mine. In fact, I made them again this past weekend. A wonderful snack to have around the house and they are so easy to make. Thank you!

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    amyposted January 10, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Is there any substitute for the peanut butter?

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    • Sallyreplied on January 10th, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      hi amy – there is no substitute for peanut butter, besides another nut/seed butter. almond, cashew, pecan, nutella, or sunflower seed butter would work.

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    meaganposted January 21, 2013 at 8:05 am

    These look and sound delicious! Any suggestions on using less chocolate and more fruit (apple or banana)? I’m looking for a healthier option for my 3 year old instead of the 100 ingredient preservative store bought variety! But they have to remain chewy which it sounds like the coconut oil is for. Thanks!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 21st, 2013 at 8:48 am

      Hi Meagan! I would suggest using more peanut butter (about 3/4 cup all together) to replace the chocolate chips. I’ve done this before and love it!

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    • meaganreplied on January 21st, 2013 at 9:10 am

      Do you think I could add some applesauce or mashed bananas too? Without it turning to mush?!

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    Marshaposted January 26, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Made these today…. WOW, YUM!
    Sally, you’re going to both make and break my running habit! Glad I tried them after a run, or I would have felt guilty eating them! They are delicious and taste more like a candy bar than an icky store-bought granola bar! Amazing!!
    I used Cocoa Pebbles for the crisp rice cereal, Kirkland (Coscto) natural creamy peanut butter, 1/2 cup raisins and 1/4 cup coconut for the add-ins, and honey instead of maple syrup. I will be making these many variations! Good thing I bought a monster size jar of coconut oil from Costco!
    Anyone know if these freeze well?

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    • Sallyreplied on January 27th, 2013 at 8:39 am

      They feeze exceptionally well, Marsha. I have some in my freezer right now. And the cocoa pebbles – that’s a fun idea! And coconut, I need to add that next time. SO glad you love these and that you took the time to report back to me. :) Great job with the run Marsha!

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      • Marshareplied on January 27th, 2013 at 11:49 am

        So excited to hear they freeze well! Gosh, I don’t know where to start with new combinations. Saw your post above about using all PB instead of chocolate – that’s on the list!
        Thanks for the awesome recipe, and congrats on your engagement!

        • Sallyreplied on January 27th, 2013 at 8:26 pm

          Thank you SO much Marsha!!

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    hopeposted February 2, 2013 at 3:21 am

    I was so bummed initially seeing the recipe and then seeing the needing peanut butter part since I’m allergic to nuts (and flaxseed) – the former of which seems to be in the majority of no-bake things! (Actually, flax, in some form seems to be in a lot, too!)

    I was thrilled to see your suggestion of nutella to someone else in the comments because that I CAN do! And, it’s something I could try subbing in other no-bake things, too, for recipes that might work for activities with kids where I work when we need to avoid peanut butter. So thanks! I love nutella and it has NEVER crossed my mind to sub that – though it sits on my counter and I use it almost daily!

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    • Sallyreplied on February 2nd, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      Hi Hope! I am SO very glad to hear that. I love Nutella as well and I’m glad you’re able to eat it despite your allergies to nuts. It’s a great replacement for the PB here. You could also sub sunflower seed butter for the PB as well, if you are not allergic to anything in that as well. :)

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      • hopereplied on February 2nd, 2013 at 6:38 pm

        Interesting…I’ve not seen that before! I’ve also not seen that Biscoff butter stuff until one of your other recipes, but I’ll have to track that down at Trader Joe’s and try that, too!

        What would you suggest using as a flax substitute? That’s something else that I can’t have and is often in granola and such recipes? Have any great ideas for that?

        Thanks so much!

        (A fellow sprinkle lover – which is why I ended up on your website initially – someone pinned something on pinterest with one of your sprinkle-filled recipes and I knew I’d found a site I’d love! ha!)

        • Sallyreplied on February 3rd, 2013 at 12:21 pm

          Hi again Hope! There is no flax in this recipe. And a sub for flax would depend on where you are adding flax and what kind of other ingredients are in the recipe you are making, I love sprinkles too. :) Obviously!

          • hopereplied on February 3rd, 2013 at 8:11 pm

            I realize there’s not in this recipe, but something like your Banana Nutella Granola, what would you sub in for the flax?

            (I run into it in so many breads, granola type things, etc. and I’m never sure what’s good for subbing, so I just never do those recipes – but many are ones that otherwise look like ones I’d love…I guess I just need to get more adventurous and just mess around with various things and try and not worry about them flopping if it doesn’t work!)

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    Mary Ellenposted February 6, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    I have tried quite a few “no bake recipes” and none of them compare to this one. Trail Mix Granola Bars – it makes like 24 of them and we eat them all in one day.
    http://whisktogether.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/trail-mix-granola-bars/

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    • Sallyreplied on February 7th, 2013 at 8:38 am

      Thanks Mary Ellen! I’ll never eat another storebought granola bar because of these. I love them!

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    Biddyposted February 10, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    After making your delicious skinny peanut butter brownies I’m looking for another of your recipes to try. These look great but I’m allergic to coconut. Any ideas on good substitutes for that? And thank you for this delicious, mouthwatering site!

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    • Sallyreplied on February 11th, 2013 at 8:57 am

      Hi Biddy! The coconut oil is necessary for the consistency of these bars. So you can’t leave it out unfortunately. Give my Healthy PB Chunk Oatmeal Bars a try instead. Thanks Biddy! http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2012/10/11/healthy-peanut-butter-chunk-oatmeal-bars/

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      • Biddyreplied on February 11th, 2013 at 9:08 am

        Thank you Sally, those look great. Then I also found your Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars and I will try making those soon too! It’s a shame there’s no good alternative for coconut oil, but there’s plenty for me to make from your site luckily. :-)

        • Sallyreplied on February 11th, 2013 at 9:21 am

          Fabulous Biddy! Hope you enjoy any my healthier peanut butter goodies. Let me know if you make them!

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    Michelleposted February 25, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    I made these and they were such a hit. Going to try with almond butter next and add a scoop of protein powder. Thanks for sharing

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    • Sallyreplied on February 26th, 2013 at 8:24 am

      Now that just sounds fabulous! I need to try them with almond butter one time. Thanks for the suggestion Michelle!

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    Beckyposted March 2, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    I’m not sure how I came upon your blog but I am so glad I did. These chewy fudge granola bars are so yummy. The first time I made them I used dark chocolate, and toasted coconut and chia seeds for add ins and they were delish. My family loved them too. I can’t wait to try more of your recipes. Thanks!!

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    • Sallyreplied on March 3rd, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      Hey Becky!! Woo hoo… so glad you found my website as well. :) I love the idea of adding coconut. I’ve made these bars so many times with new add-ins, but not coconut yet. That’s a must try. Thanks for sharing!

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    Ericaposted March 21, 2013 at 12:59 am

    Just made these & stuck them in the freezer! I didn’t do the extra 3/4 cup add ins and now I’m wondering if I should have added more oats & rice krispies, hope they set so my kids can take them in their lunches ;)

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    • Sallyreplied on March 21st, 2013 at 5:54 am

      Hi Erica! I expect them to set up just fine despite having no add-ins. Enjoy!

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    Maggeeposted April 23, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Hi Sally,
    I made these bars on Sunday to bring in for my coworkers. I can’t tell you how many emails I’ve gotten asking for the recipe. Of course I gave you mad cred. Expect higher traffic on this page this week! Love following your site!

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    • Sallyreplied on April 23rd, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      Wow! Thank you so much for letting me know AND for giving my website out to your coworkers. That’s awesome to hear! I love these granola bars. I make them frequently. I don’t feel as guilty getting my chocolate fix. Thanks Maggee!

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    Lauraposted May 31, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    hi Sally. I’m about to make yet another one of your FANTASTIC recipes and I have a quick question for you….for these chewy fudge granola bars, in place of old fashioned oats I have some quick 1 minute oats at home. Can I use those instead?? I also can’t find any old fashioned oats…stupid question but is it the same thing?? Thanks and can’t wait to try it!
    Laura

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    • Sallyreplied on June 3rd, 2013 at 10:45 pm

      Hi Laura – It should be fine to use the quick oats instead. Old Fashioned oats just don’t say “quick oats” on the canister. They are usually right next to the quick oats.

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    Kristiposted June 6, 2013 at 10:47 am

    I made these with white chips in the base instead of chocolate chips (i was out of choc. chips at the time, sad, i know) and they were amazing! The white chocolate with the peanut butter is absolutely delicious. I’ll definitely be making more especially since I hardly got to eat any (My fam ate them all up!) and I’m still craving them. Thanks Sally for another great recipe!

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    • Sallyreplied on June 6th, 2013 at 11:11 am

      I have to try that sometime, Kristi! I love white chocolate and peanut butter together. Yum :)

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    Sylviaposted June 10, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Hi, love the flavor of these bars. I want to make them a second time but I have a question…any hints on making them hold together?? Mine were very crumbly and hard to eat, kept them in plastic wrap and peeled them like a banana to minamize mess. Could I bake them for a few minutes? I didn’t add many add-ins so that’s not the problem. Help!!

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    Reneeposted July 4, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Hi Sally, what brand of Coconut Oil are you using. Made these last night and could definitely taste it. Still really good though.

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    • Sallyreplied on July 4th, 2013 at 8:01 pm

      Hi Renee! I use Trader Joes brand, Tropical Traditions, and Nature’s Way. None of them taste like coconut when mixed with so much peanut butter and chocolate. I’m sorry you tasted it, Renee!

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    HBposted August 23, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Just made these! In the fridge now and in a few hours should be ready to taste test!

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    • Sallyreplied on August 23rd, 2013 at 4:10 pm

      I love these so much – I hope you enjoy!

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    LJposted August 27, 2013 at 8:25 am

    I LOVE your blog!!! These granola bars sound wonderful – cannot wait to try them (and your breakfast cookies!).

    Because there are honey-roasted peanuts in this recipe this recipe is not vegan. Using plain nuts will make it vegan.

    I also noticed a comment above from Renee tasting the coconut oil…

    Refined Coconut Oil is usually used in cooking and baking because of it’s neutral taste. Unless of course you want to have a coconut flavor to your baked goods then unrefined or raw coconut oil is fine. Hope this helps someone out there that may not be sure of the difference in coconut oils.

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    • Sallyreplied on August 27th, 2013 at 10:42 am

      Yep, I always make sure to use refined. Thanks LJ!

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    Zoeposted September 18, 2013 at 10:20 am

    how long would it take for example, http://uktv.co.uk/food/recipe/aid/513459 this fudge to cool? because i have to make the whole thing in an hour, would it work?

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    • Sallyreplied on September 18th, 2013 at 10:24 am

      I’m not sure – I’ve never made that before…?

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    carolineposted November 11, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    these taste exactly like the topping for your reese’s cup crunch brownies! i can’t stop eating these nomnomnom

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    • Sallyreplied on November 12th, 2013 at 5:56 am

      YES! You are 100% right. They really do!

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    bechahposted December 18, 2013 at 12:46 am

    These look amazing. I was looking for a sugar free recipe to take to work to combat all the incoming sugar full sweets. I just made a batch about 40 minutes ago. Instead of chocolate chips, I used dark chocolate cocoa powder and coconut shavings in place of rice crispy. Looks good and the mixture didn’t taste bitter at all (I’m a milk chocolate girl). So looking forward to eating them and sharing with my parents and coworkers.

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    • Sallyreplied on December 18th, 2013 at 8:47 am

      So happy you made these Bechah, they’re a favorite. I’ll have to try your coconut version!

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    Aishaposted January 31, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Hi Sally!
    You have never let me down an I’m anxiously awaiting your book to arrive!
    These are so delicious and quick. This time I used extra krispees as my add in and instead of chocolate chips, date chocolate from Trader joes. My family loves these and craves them. We can barely wait for them to set!
    Thanks,

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    • Sallyreplied on February 1st, 2014 at 9:07 am

      Enjoy, Aisha! I’m excited that YOU’RE excited for my book!

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    Beth Anneposted February 25, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Ohhhhh myyyyy….. I am standing here in my kitchen eating this granola bar ‘batter’ off the spatula….. I need to put it in the pan ASAP so I stop eating it….. Thank you so much for another great non-refined-sugar recipe!!!!! Keep ‘me coming!!! ;-)

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    • Sallyreplied on February 26th, 2014 at 8:28 am

      The “batter” is SO good! I can never stop taste testing it!

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    Angel T.posted March 11, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    My goodness, Sally, this was amazing! I doubled the recipe(b/c of my intense love for PB+Chocolate)& used hazelnuts and dried papaya for the add-ins…it was really great and simple! I kept thinking “Oh no, the dry ingredients will overwhelm everything else!” but it turned out perfect! I was even able to reduce the oil mentioned in the recipe to about half the amount!

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    Amyposted March 26, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Sally you’ve done it again! I have been almost living off of your banana chocolate chip breakfast cookie since it is SO easy and a great pre-morning workout breakfast and way cheaper than buying bars all the time. These look like the perfect way to mix it up and I’m going to make them tonight!

    – Amy

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    • Sallyreplied on March 26th, 2014 at 9:57 am

      Perfect! Hope you enjoy them – I make them so often. They’re easy, quick to grab, and taste like candy bars. They’re great!

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      • Amyreplied on March 27th, 2014 at 9:41 am

        Made them last night, they were AWESOME! Thanks!

    • Amyreplied on March 26th, 2014 at 10:00 am

      Also do you think natural peanut butter would be okay here? Maybe with less coconut oil?

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    Jackieposted March 30, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Made today with almond butter. I also added a scoop of chocolate protein powder to kick them up a bit. Absolutely wonderful. These will feel sinful after a workout!!!

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    • Sallyreplied on March 30th, 2014 at 9:50 pm

      I’ll try them again with almond butter! Great idea, Jackie – thank you!

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    Melissaposted October 14, 2014 at 5:22 am

    Hi Sally,

    I love your recipes (All the way from Singapore!). By the way, may I please ask, instead of baking these in a pan, may I use those silicon molds which already have little squares (Those used for brownies). Would this work as well? Reckon it would save me from the cutting.

    My colleagues love the bakes that I have done using your recipes! Thank you so much!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 14th, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      That would be just fine Melissa. Thank you for baking and sharing my recipes!

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    Abbyposted November 16, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Good morning Sally! :) HUGE fan of all your recipes! With this one is there anything you can use to replace the coconut oil? Just don’t have any on hand and was hoping I wouldn’t have to run to the store. Thanks! :)

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    • Sallyreplied on November 16th, 2014 at 11:48 am

      Hey Abby. Butter would be the next best option. You need an oil that solidifies at room temperature or when chilled, like coconut oil. it’s the base of this recipe.

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