Oat, Cashew, and Chocolate Granola Bars


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Oat Cashew Chocolate Granola Bars

I’m in awe of how much has changed since my last post for Secret Recipe Club.  In early April, I limped around the kitchen with a belly so big that I could barely reach the counters, wondering all the time about the two small people having a party in there.  Today is the girls’ six week birthday and it feels weird and wonderful that they have been around this long.  Last night I was lying in bed, listening to their squeaks and squawks (and willing them to fall back asleep) and feeling so blessed that they are here.

Cooking and eating are still challenging undertakings, although increasingly Frank and I get to sit down and have a real meal.  Most of the time though, we need food that can be made or ordered in 10 minutes and that, preferably, can be eaten with one hand.  These granola bars on Lisa’s long-standing blog Cook Lisa Cook are the exact sort of thing we need more of at the moment.  Lisa’s blog is full of great ideas, especially for foods that are suitable for her sweet daughter Maisie, who has a few food allergies.  Her granola bars with their toasty cashews, chewy oats, and an extra dark chocolate are the exact sort of grab-and-go snack that I get really excited about.

granola in a white bowl

We had a great weekend, enjoying our last couple days with Frank’s sister in town and venturing out a few times with the girls in tow.  Sunday morning, holding Clara in a sling, with Molly supervising from the sidelines, we mixed up a batch of these granola bars.  We danced to Counting Crows, thanks to a 90s throwback phase that Frank is in, and dropped chocolate on the girls’ heads while we nibbled on crumbs.

Jess and the girls


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Oat, Cashew, and Chocolate Granola Bars

A sweet, chewy granola bar with oats, cashew, and chocolate.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 18 minutes
Total: 33 minutes
Servings: 16


  • 9 x 13 Baking Dish
  • Parchment Paper
  • Mixing Bowl


  • 2 cups Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 1 1/2 cup Puffed Rice Cereal (like Rice Krispies)
  • 1/3 cup roughly chopped Toasted Cashews
  • 150 grams Dark Chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup Unsalted Butter (see note)
  • 1/2 cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Honey
  • 1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Salt (omit if using salted cashews)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 inch pan and line with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, rice cereal, cashews, and dark chocolate. Melt the butter in the microwave or in a small pan over medium heat. When melted, immediately stir in the brown sugar, honey, vanilla, and salt. Pour the liquids over the dry ingredients and stir until evenly combined. Firmly press the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake until golden brown on the top, 18-20 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes and slice into bars.
  • Wrap the bars individually in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.


Reduce the brown sugar if you prefer a less sweet bar. Recipe made with adaptations from Cook Lisa Cook.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $4.00
Keyword: granola bar, homemade snack, snack bar
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It’s certainly a different scene in our kitchen these days, but one that is infinitely more fun.

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Jess is the recipe creator and photographer at InquiringChef.com. She spent nearly a decade as the Chief Recipe Developer for the award-winning meal planning app Cook Smarts. Her colorful, healthyish recipes have been featured in popular online publications including Parade, Hallmark, and HuffPost.

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  1. I ate at least 8 of these myself, and I made them biiiiiigg. Everyone who I shared them with loved them. I followed the recipe exactly as stated. I feel good about lowering my cholesterol by eating more oatmeal! And raisins are fruit, right?

  2. I made these granola bars yesterday. They were so easy to make and turned out delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

  3. You were my hero before but now my HERO, producing great food w/babies on your hip! I just loved all the pics that you have posted of them, and regret we aren’t still in BKK to meet them. You know I’m obsessed w/your other granola so I will have to try these out, just as soon as I order some rice cereal on Amazon. 🙂

  4. Your girls are so precious …. I love the look of these granola bars, I’ve never used cashewnuts in them. I love cashew and cant wait to try these.