Who out there grew up taking Quaker Chewy Granola Bars to school as a kid? Or the “ever-so-delicious-but-not-so-good-for-you” Kudos Bars? Kudos were definitely my favorite. They were like a candy bar. Ugh, so good! But this post isn’t about Kudos, it’s about Quaker Chewy Granola Bars. I love making things homemade that you usually by processed from the store. Granola/granola bars are so easy to throw together and SO much better made at home without preservatives and junk.
I found this recipe on pinterest from Back to the Cutting Board, where she actually shares the recipe to multiple versions of the Quaker Bars. I’m talking S’mores bars, peanut butter-chocolate chip, and of course, oatmeal raisin. I went the oatmeal raisin route here in hopes of making something a little healthier that I could share with my daughter. But for some reason I couldn’t find raisins in anything but a massive container, so I just bought a small bag of dried mixed fruit.
One thing is for sure with this recipe, you want to firmly press the misture into the pan to set. I gently did so because I was too much of a baby to get my hands sticky and so they hardly stuck together for me once I took them out. But they tasted great! I couldn’t find a plain granola cereal so I used Cascadian Farms Honey Granola. Not the best choice for these bars. It is recommended to use the Bare Naked brand and for it to definitely be plain. These are sweet enough on their own. Other than those few things, these come together so quickly and end up VERY delicious with a texture very similar to good ol’ Quaker Chewy!
- 4 tbsp. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
- ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
- ¼ cup honey
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- 2 cups plain granola
- 1 cup rice cereal (Rice Krispies, etc.)
- ½ cup raisins
- Line two 9×5 loaf pans or one 11×7 inch baking pan with foil or parchment. Lightly butter or spray the foil. Set aside.
- Combine butter, honey, and brown sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the butter is melted.
- Bring the mixture to a boil, then lower the heat to medium-low and simmer until the sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat.
- Add the granola, rice cereal, and raisins into the saucepan and fold them into the sauce until evenly coated.
- Spread the mixture into the prepared pans and press firmly with a spatula to evenly fill.
- Let sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes or until mostly cooled and set; lift out of the pan and cut into bars.
adapted from Back to the Cutting Board