Granola Bars with Oats Raisins and Chocolate

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Moist and Chewy low fat granola bars loaded with oats, chocolate chips, raisins and pecans in every bite. Perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack.

Moist and Chewy low fat granola bars loaded with oats, chocolate chips, raisins and pecans in every bite. Perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack.Granola Bars with Oats Raisins and Chocolate

Making your own granola is easier than you think, and the beauty of doing it yourself is you can customize it to suit your taste plus it’s so much cheaper than buying it in the store. A few other granolas I enjoy making are Low Fat Chewy Bars with Pecans Raisins and Chocolate, Morning Maple Cranberry Pecan Oat Bars and Banana Split Quinoa Bars.

You’re probably wondering why I am posting so many baked recipes in this heat but I am having some work done to my house and it’s really hard to cook around here this week. I made these last week knowing things would be chaotic around here… you are going to love these!!!

I cut them in long bars like the granola bars you buy in the store, but it’s actually a lot easier to cut them in squares which is how I will make them in the future.

If you are a regular on my site, you might notice the similarities to my chewy chocolate chip oatmeal cookies! I used that recipe as a base and made some modifications to create this as a bar. I knew they would work out great and they disappeared quickly in my house as you can see by the photo, they almost left me nothing to photograph!

Moist and Chewy low fat granola bars loaded with oats, chocolate chips, raisins and pecans in every bite. Perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack.
Moist and Chewy low fat granola bars loaded with oats, chocolate chips, raisins and pecans in every bite. Perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack.

Moist and Chewy low fat granola bars loaded with oats, chocolate chips, raisins and pecans in every bite. Perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack.

Try them with cranberries instead of raisins, you can replace the chocolate chips with mini m and m’s, leave the nuts out, add coconut, whatever you like!!Moist and Chewy low fat granola bars loaded with oats, chocolate chips, raisins and pecans in every bite. Perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack.

Moist and Chewy low fat granola bars loaded with oats, chocolate chips, raisins and pecans in every bite. Perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack.
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Low Fat Chewy Granola Bars with Pecans, Raisins and Chocolate Chips

183.1 Cals 2.8 Protein 29.7 Carbs 7.8 Fats
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Yield: 16 servings
COURSE: Breakfast, Brunch, Snack
CUISINE: American
Moist and Chewy low fat granola bars loaded with oats, chocolate chips, raisins and pecans in every bite. Perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oat flour*, or 1 cup oats finely ground in food processor or blender
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unpacked brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups quick oats*
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Line a 9 x 9 baking pan with 2 long pieces of parchment paper, long enough to go up over the sides for easy removal.
  • Lightly spray with oil.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together oat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  • In a large bowl, with a mixer cream together the butter and the sugar on medium speed.
  • Add the egg followed by the honey, applesauce and vanilla extract.
  • Working by hand, stir in the flour mixture and the oats until just combined and no streaks of flour remain; stir in the chocolate chips, raisins and nuts.
  • Spoon oats onto prepared baking dish, flattening to make even.
  • Bake for about 23-25 minutes, or until light brown at the edges. They will seem soft and undercooked, but once they cool they will set completely.
  • Cool completely on a wire rack then refrigerate before cutting.
  • This will help them hold together better.
  • To cut use a long serrated bread knife and cut in a sawing motion.

Notes

*use gluten-free oats if you are on a gluten free diet

Nutrition

Serving: 1square or bar, Calories: 183.1kcal, Carbohydrates: 29.7g, Protein: 2.8g, Fat: 7.8g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 15.5mg, Sodium: 162.5mg, Fiber: 2.6g, Sugar: 17.4g
WW Points Plus: 5
Keywords: chocolate chip granola bar, Granola Bars with Oats Raisins and Chocolate, healthy homemade granola bars, low fat granola, quaker oats granola bars

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  1. Didn’t have quick oats, so used Old Fashioned whole oats and it worked fine. Love these. Very tasty. I have to be careful to only eat a single serving! Easy to make.

  2. Excellent…make these all the time. Sometimes I add banana or other things if I don’t have the exact ingredients on hand. The recipe as listed is yummy…we keep them in the fridge. We also like to pair them with yogurt.

  3. I have regular oats (not quick). What would you do differently (if anything)? Thanks!

  4. These are fantastic!! I used 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips 1/4 mini m&ms. Used minimum cook time and cut into squares. Honestly these are addicting I have a hard time just eating one! My toddler loves them too. 

  5. We love these! They are so good!

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  7. The muffin cup idea….genius! Mine are staying together wonderfully. I’m not a huge fan of raisins so I used hemp seeds along with the pecans and chocolate chips.

    I would like to know how others have lowered the sugar content. I know the honey is necessary for the ‘sticky’ factor. Is the same true with the brown sugar? I’m no food scientist so I’m timid about just subbing more oat flour or another ingredient to make up the 1/2 cup of brown sugar. What have you tried and who has been successful? Thanks everyone!

  8. I make this recipe once a week for my husband and myself. We freeze batches of them for easy snacks, break them apart and pour milk over them for “cereal” and eat them as dessert. I substitute whatever we have on hand. Some combinations that we have loved are subbing pumpkin for applesauce and adding pumpkin pie spice, adding partially cooked apples, raisins and walnuts, using mini chocolate chips instead of regular and making them banana nut by subbing a ripe banana for the applesauce and honey along with walnuts.

    We make these in muffin cups instead and they hold together MUCH better. One batch makes a dozen muffins – I fill each cup with 1/4 cup of the batter. Makes them so much more portable and easier to eat! Thanks for this recipe!

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  10. So so so good

  11. Made these last night and am having one for my snack now at work and they are awesome!! I have plenty of ingredients to keep on making them which will definitely save money in the end for how many boxes of granola bars I usually go through. For anyone that says they fell apart, make sure you completely cool them on a wire rack and then I put mine in the fridge overnight. They sliced easily and are holding together. I used an 8×8 pan so they're like thick squares of delight. Thanks Gina!

  12. hello Gina,
    these sound great. Any idea on how to sub something else for the egg? My son is allergic to egg. What else would work as a binder?

  13. Gina- I found your website on Pinterest. and I am totally addicted. I've printed off so many recipes I had to get a 3 ring binder to put them in. And When I come home from work and my husband sees my stack of recipes he jokes and says hard day at the office I see. Thanks so much for posting, they have all been delish!

  14. Hi Gina,

    I recently joined ww plus program. I've noticed that you used both brown sugar and honey. Could you not omit the sugar to reduce the sugar intake? Also could you use regular oats (not quick cook) instead? As well could you use wheat bran to boost up the protein intake? Is there also a way to reduce the point value to a 3-4? Also I noticed that you say you can use different ingredients (would that not change the point value)?
    Thanks Serena

  15. Amazing! I made one batch with PB2 and dark chocolate chips and the kids devoured them. My second batch was made with pomegranate craisins, nuts, and dark chocolate (whatever I had on hand). Delicious! Thank you!

  16. Yummy! Will cut back on the sugar next time but just love them! Wonderful alternative to bought & healthier. Thanks, Gina! Love, love, love your site!

  17. Can we get Slow cooker Minestrone soup and ppv (receipe) or other soups for lunches

  18. Can we get Slow cooker Minestrone soup and ppv (receipe) or other soups for lunches

  19. To preface my comment I love your website, you've inspired me to cook in such a huge way! Regarding this recipe, I believe I followed it (didn't have a 9×9 pan and used an 8×8 instead) but my bars came out cake like. I'm not sure exactly what could've caused this, any thoughts?