Thick and chewy No Bake Granola Bars that wont fall apart. These delicious homemade granola bars are easily adaptable to include your favorite add-ins, like chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruit, coconut and peanut butter!
1/2cupmini chocolate chips, or other favorite add-in's
Line 8 or 9’’ square pan with parchment paper, with paper some overhang.
In a large mixing bowl stir together oats, rice krispies cereal and flaxseed.
Add butter, brown sugar and honey to a large microwave safe bowl and heat mixture on HIGH power for 1 minute. Remove from microwave and stir mixture until butter has melted. Return to microwave and heat on HIGH power for 1 1/2 minutes.
Carefully remove from microwave and stir in vanilla. Pour over oats mixture and stir gently until coated evenly. Gently stir in chocolate chips.
Pour mixture into prepared pan. Lightly grease your hands with cooking spray and press the mixture evenly into the pan.
Lay a piece of parchment or wax paper over the top of the bars and press extra firmly all around the pan to flatten the bars. This is the most important step to insure they don't crumble when you cut them.
Sprinkle mini chocolate chips on top and press them gently onto the tops of the bars.
Refrigerate for about 1-2 hours before pulling up on the parchment paper to remove them from the pan and cut them.
Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for firmer bars or at room temperature for softer bars). Bars are best enjoyed within 7 days.
Butter: You can use salted or unsalted butter. If using unsalted butter, add a pinch of salt in with the butter and sugar mixture. You could also substitute coconut oil, but only cook for 2 minutes (total) in the microwave, instead of 2 1/2 minutes.Other mix ins: Substitute the chocolate chips for other favorite mix-ins, like chopped almonds, coconut, or Craisins.To Freeze: You can freeze these homemade granola bars! Wrap each individually in plastic wrap and then freeze them in a freezer-safe container or resealable bag.