Microwave Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars


Once you try this incredibly simple recipe for granola bars it’s likely you’ll no longer be buying that boxed version at the grocery store anymore. These are unbelievably easy – I mean really, does it get much easier than making something in the microwave? No oven preheating or even turning on the stove top. And you’ll love that they taste even better than the the kind in the box. I know I’m hooked and my entire family loves these! They make a delicious on the go snack and can even satisfy that sweets/chocolate craving so you could swap out that after dinner dessert for one of these instead.

Microwave Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars | Cooking Classy

If you like these you might also want to check out the peanut butter version that I have posted which are also completely delicious, and of course just as simple. Enjoy!

Microwave Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars | Cooking Classy


Microwave Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Yield: 9 bars

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes


  • 1/4 cup coconut oil or unsalted butter (I've tried and love both)
  • 1/3 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1 1/4 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 3 Tbsp mini semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Add coconut oil or unsalted butter, brown sugar and honey to a 2 quart microwave safe bowl and heat mixture in microwave on HIGH power for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir (stir until butter is melted if using butter), then return to microwave and heat on HIGH power 1 minute longer if using coconut oil and 1 1/2 minutes longer if using butter. Carefully remove from microwave and blend in vanilla, then add in quick oats and stir until evenly coated. Fold in Rice Krispies and toss well to evenly coat, then firmly press mixture into one side of a buttered baking sheet with buttered hands (I used a regular sized cookie sheet and just pressed it them into 5-inch long bars using about 1/3 of the baking sheets width) then sprinkle top with chocolate chips and press into bars. Transfer to freezer and chill 10 minutes, then remove and cut into 9 bars. Store in an airtight container.
  2. Recipe Source: adapted slightly from Lauren's Latest and Rachel Ray

Recipe Notes

If you find that your bars seem flimsy and fall apart, you may need to microwave the mixture longer the next time around as microwave wattages can vary and also you may need to press them down more firmly into the baking dish.


  • Melanie @ carmelmoments.com: Who doesn’t love chocolate chip granola bars? I love the fact that you can do speed the process up in the microwave. Yum! September 30, 2013 at 10:35am Reply

  • Whitney: I love your blog and I have added many of your recipes to my personal stash. I just wanted to say that sometimes even if I don’t think I would make the dish you post I still check out the blog just to see the pictures you post. They are always amazing. September 30, 2013 at 10:40am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Whitney! That is so nice of you to say :)! October 1, 2013 at 5:04pm Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: I love making granola bars like this in the micro! I have a PB version and so many others, but yours are just so stunning! And love that you used coconut oil. Pinned! September 30, 2013 at 11:06am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Averie :)! October 1, 2013 at 11:38am Reply

  • Amanda: It’s a good thing these have a quick prep and cook time so I can eat the first batch before anyone knows they were here! :) September 30, 2013 at 12:01pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Haha yes, exactly Amanda :)! October 1, 2013 at 11:36am Reply

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress): Never buying granola bars again :) These look delish! September 30, 2013 at 2:07pm Reply

  • Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction: We love homemade granola bars! I’m always looking for new recipes to try, I’m going to have to check out that peanut butter version, too! September 30, 2013 at 2:27pm Reply

  • Rachel @ Bakerita: These are such a perfect snack to keep around the house! Love how easy they are. September 30, 2013 at 3:27pm Reply

  • sandra vírginia rodrigues mota: exelentes receitas,só gostaria que fosse um pouco mais cllaro a explicação em portugues. September 30, 2013 at 5:32pm Reply

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: Granola bars are my favorite! I could munch on these all day! September 30, 2013 at 8:22pm Reply

  • Ioana: Can’t wait to try them. Recipes for granola bars are usually so complicated, but this one looks way too easy! Thank you for sharing! October 1, 2013 at 5:56am Reply

  • angela @ another bite please: these bars are perfect to grab and go for breakfast…i love these bars more then my kids do :-) October 1, 2013 at 6:37am Reply

  • Ella: Oh wow these are amazing!!! I am 68 and love to make these. I might have put in the wrong email address for the comment thing because my mind is going bonkers today. Ate 52 of these last night October 2, 2013 at 5:16pm Reply

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  • Mary-Clay @ Cooking with the King: I love that you have so many great recipes for microwave granola bars! Such easy, fast, delicious recipes! October 2, 2013 at 8:03pm Reply

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  • Rosa M Lillo: You always post such amazing recipes! This is the second recipe I try (the first was the cheesecake cupcakes) and they always turn out perfectly! A complete success with family and friends.
    These bars are as simple as they are delicious. (I just posted mine on my blog).
    Thanks again for the inspiration :D
    Rosa October 9, 2013 at 12:45am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re very welcome Rosa! I’m so happy to hear you’ve liked the recipes I’ve posted :). Thanks for your comment! October 14, 2013 at 7:49pm Reply

  • Rachel: I just discovered your blog and this is the first recipe I tried. LOVE THEM! Ate the first batch so quickly I made another batch the next day! Despite making the recommended adjustments, mine do fall apart easily if they are room temperature, but I just keep them in the fridge. Thank you! October 18, 2013 at 7:38am Reply

  • Kim: These are so good! I made 1 version with chocolate Rice Krispies and another version with raisins, craisins and white chocolate :) November 7, 2013 at 8:25pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sounds delicious! So glad you liked them Kim! November 16, 2013 at 9:11pm Reply

  • Jackie: OK, I have to say these are the best granola bars I’ve EVER had including all the store bought ones. This is no exaggeration. I have no idea how I’m suppose to go back to store bought ones…amazing. FYI- I never give reviews, and I just had to say: Thank you for this amazing and beyond easy recipe. You’re fantastic! January 7, 2014 at 9:38pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for leaving your review Jackie! I’m so glad you did and I’m happy to hear you like this recipe! January 16, 2014 at 9:14pm Reply

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  • Karen: I am so excited to finally find a granola bar without peanut butter or nut products. With my son having this allergy he really doesn’t get to experience these type bars. I will certainly be making these. Hope he enjoys because it would make a great after school snack. July 30, 2014 at 7:19pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope he loves them too! July 31, 2014 at 2:21pm Reply

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