Microwave Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Published September 30, 2013. Updated December 22, 2018

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The easiest Granola Bar Recipe you’ll ever make! Made with oats and rice cereal and a sweet and chewy coating. No artificial flavors or preservatives in these bars. These are a snack people of all ages will love!

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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.

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!

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How to Make Granola Bars

  • Heat coconut oil, brown sugar and honey in bowl in microwave 1 minute.
  • Stir, cook 1 minute longer.
  • Mix in vanilla, oats and rice krispies.
  • Spread and press into greased baking dish then press in chocolate chips.
  • Chill then cut. So easy!

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Microwave Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

The easiest granola bars you'll ever make! Made with oats and rice cereal and a sweet and chewy coating. No artificial flavors or preservatives in these bars. These are a snack people of all ages will love!
Servings: 9
Prep10 minutes
Cook3 minutes
Ready in: 13 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


  • 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). 
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Recipe adapted slightly from Rachel Ray
Nutrition Facts
Microwave Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 219 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 57mg2%
Potassium 113mg3%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 259IU5%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.

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  • 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!

  • 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

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      You’re very welcome Rosa! I’m so happy to hear you’ve liked the recipes I’ve posted :). Thanks for your comment!

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    I love that you have so many great recipes for microwave granola bars! Such easy, fast, delicious recipes!

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  • 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

  • angela @ another bite please

    these bars are perfect to grab and go for breakfast…i love these bars more then my kids do :-)

  • 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!