Chewy Gluten-Free Granola Bars Recipe

Photographs: Elizabeth Barbone

Inspired by classic Quaker Chewy Granola Bars, this gluten-free version made with marshmallows, almonds, and chocolate chips nails the textbook chewy texture and delicious, candy bar-like flavor. While these bars contain dairy, they can easily be made dairy-free by using an equal amount of coconut oil in place of the butter.

Why this recipe works:

  • Melting marshmallows into the base produces exactly the right kind of chewiness.
  • Dark brown sugar contributes the deeper, richer flavor that marshmallows lack.

Recipe Facts

Active: 15 mins
Total: 2 hrs 15 mins
Serves: 24 bars

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  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 2 cups gluten-free quick-rolled oats (not old-fashioned oats)

  • 2 cups gluten-free crisp rice cereal, like Kellogg's Gluten-Free Rice Krispies

  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds

  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter or coconut oil

  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar

  • 3 cups (5 ouncesmarshmallows


  1. Spray 9- by 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside. In large bowl, toss together oats, crispy rice cereal, almonds, chocolate chips, and salt.

  2. In large saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add brown sugar and cook, stirring constantly, until sugar melts. Add marshmallows and continue to cook, stirring, until marshmallows melt. Turn off heat and stir in oat mixture until just combined.

  3. Press mixture evenly into prepared baking dish and refrigerate for 2 hours. Remove from refrigerator. Using thin metal spatula, lift granola out in a single layer. Cut into 24 bars. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Special equipment

9- by 13-inch baking dish

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
84 Calories
5g Fat
11g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 24
Amount per serving
Calories 84
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 50mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 6mg 0%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 22mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)