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Homemade Chewy Rainbow Chip Granola Bars :: a childhood favorite!

Chewy No-Bake Rainbow Chip Granola Bars

Skip the box and whip up a batch of delicious granola bars at home! These chewy rainbow chip granola bars are so quick and easy, they're as much fun to make as they are to eat!

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword Rainbow Chip Granola Bars
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Author Jenn Laughlin - Peas and Crayons

Ingredients

  • 6 TBSP unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 TBSP brown sugar
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt plus extra to taste
  • 2 cups quick-cooking or instant oats
  • 2 cups crispy rice cereal [like Rice Krispies]
  • 1/4 cup flax meal or wheat germ
  • 2 TBSP mini chocolate chips
  • 3-4 TBSP rainbow chips

Instructions

  1. For easy clean-up, line a 9x9 square baking dish with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  2. Set aside.
  3. Bring a saucepan to medium heat and melt your butter.
  4. For a boost of sweet, nutty flavor, brown the butter by taking an extra few minutes to let the butter bubble into golden perfection. To brown, add an extra few minutes to the cook time of the recipe and whisk the butter occasionally until the butter starts to bubble, then whisk constantly until brown flecks form and butter begins to smell amazing. The smell of brown butter reminds me of freshly baked cookies or warm caramel, I LOVE it!
  5. After melting [and/or browning!] the butter, add your maple syrup, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, and sea salt and stir to mix.
  6. Turn heat to low, simmer until bubbly, then whisk and remove from heat.
  7. Next add the flax, oats, and cereal and stir until the dry ingredients are fully coated.
  8. Fold in your chocolate chips and pour into your foil-lined baking dish.
  9. Using a spatula, press the mixture until well-compacted, then top with rainbow chip sprinkles.
  10. Gently press sprinkles into the granola square and cover pan with a sheet of foil.
  11. Chill in fridge for 1-2 hours, this will help the bars cool and set.
  12. Remove from pan using foil/parchment and transfer to a cutting board.
  13. Cut into rectangular bars or squares and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

For perfect texture, skip whole oats and use quick-cooking oats for this recipe. These oats have been chopped and will help hold the bars together so they're not a crumble-fest! Feel free to make your own with a food processor if preferred! I've done both and la la love these chewy granola bars!

To store for later, place bars in an airtight container with foil or parchment paper between each bar to prevent sticking. Bars will keep for 4-5 days and may be frozen for later as well!

adapted from Once Upon a Chef