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Chewy On-the-Run Breakfast Bars

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Chewy-crispy granola-type bars with oatmeal, almonds, dried cranberries, and chocolate. Fast to make, faster to eat! Easy to grab as you head out the door, or to pack in your kid's lunch bag.

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Difficulty Level



Needed Items


  • 15 minutes hands-on
    2 hours in the fridge


  • 6 Tablespoons butter (unsalted or salted)
    1/3 cup dark brown sugar
    1/4 cup Agave syrup
    2 Tablespoons honey
    1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    Heaping 1/8 teaspoon salt
    2 cups quick-cooking/instant oats (do not use regular old-fashioned oats)
    1 3/4 cups crispy rice cereal
    1/2 cup sliced almonds
    1/4 cup flax meal, wheat germ, or graham cracker crumbs
    2/3 cup dried cranberries
    1/3 to 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Number of Servings

  • 16 bars


  • 9x13" baking pan
    Aluminum foil
    Large pot
    Rubber or silicone spatula
    Non-stick cooking spray


  • Measure out your ingredients (or at least the major ones) ahead of time. This comes together quickly, and the cooking process will be much easier if everything is prepped in advance.
    If you are using a dried fruit other than cranberries or raisins, chop them into raisin-size pieces.

Additional Notes

It’s fine to use ALL honey instead of the Agave.

This recipe is adapted from Jennifer Segal’s Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars. Thanks, Jennifer!