Chocolate-Cherry Granola Bars

chocolate-cherry granola bars
Photo: Chelsea Cavanaugh
Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
24 bars

Back-to-school for kids means back-to-bake-sales for parents. These bars will earn adults an A+, because they're a cinch to make and very wholesome (they're also nut- and gluten-free).


  • 3 cups gluten-free granola, such as Kind Healthy Grains Oats & Clusters with Toasted Coconut

  • 3 cups puffed-rice cereal

  • 1 cup dried cherries

  • 1 ½ cups chocolate chips

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ cup honey

  • 4 large egg whites

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine granola, cereal, cherries, chocolate chips, and salt.

  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together honey, egg whites, and butter.

  3. Stir honey mixture into cereal mixture to combine, then press firmly into a parchment-lined 9-by-13-inch baking pan. Bake until golden and firm, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool completely, then lift out of pan and cut into squares. Store at room temperature in an airtight container up to 3 days.

Cook's Notes

For uniform bars, slice into quadrants, then cut each quadrant into squares.

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