No Bake Chewy Granola Bars


2 C. rolled oats

1 C. crispy rice cereal

1/2 C. chopped dried fruit of your choice (I found cran-strawberries and they are so good. They taste like strawberries)

1/2 C. chopped nuts of your choice

1/4 C. butter

1/2 C. brown sugar

1/4 C. honey

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 C. mini chocolate chips

How You Do It

Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish or lay parchment paper in it like I did.

Mix rolled oats, rice cereal, dried fruit, and nuts together in a large bowl. 

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat; add brown sugar, honey, and vanilla extract. Whisk until sugar is completely dissolved, about 2 minutes. Pour over oat mixture; stir to combine.Spread oat mixture into prepared baking dish. Press chocolate chips into top. Refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour. Cut into 12 bars. Individually wrap in plastic wrap and store in the fridge or on the counter.

Note: You can substitute 1 C. steel cut oats for the rolled oats.