Chewy Granola Bars - Camping Menu Ideas

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These Chewy Granola Bars are just right. Flavorful, Firm, Chewy, and they hold together. This bar has it all, plus a peanut butter topping you’re gonna love! We love it. I hope you will too.

Chewy Granola Bars - Camping Menu Ideas

When our daughters were younger, we vacationed nearly every summer in the mountains. One year, I wanted to make most of the food myself. I dried fruits. Made jerky. And I worked months on this recipe to get it just right, wanting something that was flavorful, firm, yet chewy, and that would hold together when snacking on it.

(Post modified with new photos on 8/22/22.)


Ingredients for Chewy Granola Bars

(See the full recipe at the bottom of this post.)

  • Old Fashioned Oats
  • whole wheat flour
  • sweetened coconut flakes
  • dry powdered milk
  • wheat germ
  • brown sugar
  • sunflower seeds
  • baking soda
  • kosher salt
  • vegetable oil
  • honey
  • light corn syrup
  • vanilla extract

Dried Fruits and Nuts

  • dried apricots, blueberries, cranberries, figs, raisins, etc.
  • roasted peanuts, almonds, cashews, English walnuts, pecans, etc.
  • mini chocolate chips (optional)


  • light corn syrup
  • creamy peanut butter
  • brown sugar


Things I Learned Making Granola Bars

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Through my experimentation, we determined that we liked having chopped nuts on the bottom of the bar. Usually I’ll combine dry roasted peanuts with almonds, but at Christmastime (because I often give these as gifts) I’ll add in pecans, cashews, English walnuts, or pistachios. Use whatever nuts you like best.

Pick two or three of your favorite dried fruits to use in these bars. Again at Christmas, because I make so many batches, I’ll often pair my nuts with fruits.

Chewy Granola Bars

For example, one batch may have English walnuts and pecans with apricots and figs. Another might include cashews, pistachios, and chocolate chips with blueberries, and a third batch might have golden raisins and cranberries with peanuts and almonds. Experiment and combine whatever mixture you like best.

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We also decided the bars needed a peanut butter topping. This topping helps hold the bar together, which is an added bonus. Not to mention that it just puts these granola bars over-the-top yummy!


Get Your Hands Dirty

When it’s time to mix ingredients, I have found that it works best to get right in there with my hands and work it all up with my fingers. This is the easiest way to incorporate everything, so that the honey mixture fully binds with the oats, flour, and dried fruits. Yes, it’s a messy business. But it works. Your hands will wash.


Press Them Down, Down, Down

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A final tip, (and this might be the most important one I share with you) is to repeatedly press the mixture down with a firm spatula. I do this once they are in the pan, and again halfway through the baking process, then a third time after they have finished cooking.

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A fourth press comes after cutting them into bars before the peanut butter topping goes on. All of this helps ensure that the bars will hold together and not fall apart when you’re eating them.

Store the finished product in a covered container for up to two months–although I doubt they will last that long. I also like to individually wrap them in either waxed paper, or little plastic snack sacks. This helps keep them fresh and is a nice way to make them grab-and-go-friendly. I’ll send some in my husband’s lunch (He loves them), or I’ll offer them to our daughters when they visit. Sometimes, I’ll throw one in my purse before a long day’s shopping trip.

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All-in-all, most folks would probably consider this a complicated, time-consuming recipe. But, once you’ve made these Chewy Granola Bars a time or two, the process will become easier. And it’s so worth it. Your family will thank you. I know mine does–every single time I make them.

And they make wonderful Christmas gifts.

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Recipe for Chewy Granola Bars

Chewy Granola Bars

Here's a recipe I worked months on to get just right. We love it. I hope you will too.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Cooling Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Serving Size 33 bars


  • 4 cups Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup dry milk
  • 1/3 cup wheat germ
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup white corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups dried fruit, chopped (apricots, blueberries, cranberries, figs, raisins, etc.)
  • 1 cup dry roasted peanuts (chopped)
  • 1 cup roasted almonds (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)


  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Gather your ingredients so that you have everything on the counter or table.

Prepare the Ingredients

  • Using a nut chopper, coarsely chop the peanuts and almonds (and any other nuts you desire).
  • Chop the raisins, cranberries and any other dried fruit into small pieces with Chef's knife and cutting board.

Combine the Ingredients

  • In a large bowl, mix together the old-fashioned oats, wheat flour, shredded coconut, dry milk, wheat germ, brown sugar, sunflower seeds, baking soda and kosher salt.
  • Add in the prepared dried fruit, and again mix well.
  • In a glass measuring dish combine the vegetable oil, honey, corn syrup, and vanilla extract. Add to the oat mixture and MIX WELL so that all is blended and sticky. I use my hands for this part to incorporate all of the ingredients.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cover the bottom of pan with the prepared coarsely chopped almonds and peanuts.
    You may also sprinkle in mini chocolate chips, if desired.
  • Sprinkle granola mixture over nuts and press firmly with a spatula.
  • Bake 10 minutes in preheated oven. Take out of oven and again press mixture firmly with a spatula. (Granola will be puffy and soft.) Bake another 7-8 minutes until golden brown. Once more, press bars firmly with metal spatula.
  • Cool 10 minutes and cut into bars with a metal bench scraper.

Prepare the Peanut Butter Topping

  • To make the peanut butter coating, in a small saucepan combine corn syrup, peanut butter, and brown sugar. Cook over medium-low heat. Stirring constantly, bring mixture to a light boil, which may take up to 3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and pour over granola bars. Spread to edges, creating a thin coating. Cool completely.
  • Turn out onto waxed paper. Using a metal bench scraper, cut bars once more through the peanut butter coating.
  • Store in covered container or in plastic snack bags. Will keep for 1-2 months, if they last that long. Makes 33 bars.


*Pressing mixture repeatedly with metal spatula will assure a granola bar that will stick together. I even press again after cutting them into bars.


Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 161mg | Potassium: 203mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1mg


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  1. Hi Susie! Guess you figured out how to leave a comment. 🙂 I have never made this recipe without the corn syrup, but I would guess you could use all honey. Give it a try and let me know how it turns out! I hope you'll enjoy them!

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve got issues with calcium regulation after my thyroid was removed. I have to eat LUNA bars every day but I want to make my own, and hadn’t found a good recipe yet. This is PERFECT! I can add the soy protein isolate and control the ingredients. Thanks Deb

    1. I’m so glad this recipe will work for you! My husband loves these granola bars and wants me to always have them on hand for his lunches.