This is supposedly a no-bake recipe, but you toast the oats and nuts, so if your goal is to avoid heating the kitchen, choose a different recipe!

Chewy Granola Bars

2 1/2 cups regular oats
1/2 cup coarsely chopped almonds
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips, divided

Place oats and almonds on a cookie sheet and toast in the oven at 350° for 8-10 minutes, stirring once. Set aside.

Combine honey, butter, brown sugar and salt in a small saucepan and heat until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, then mix with the oats and nuts.

Cool for five minutes. Stir in the cranberries and half of the chocolate chips. Press mixture VERY firmly into a foil-lined 9″ square pan. Top with the remaining chocolate chips. Cover and chill for 2 hours. Remove from pan and cut into bars. Makes 16.

As you can imagine, this is a recipe well-suited to variations. Try different combinations of nuts and dried fruit. I imagine adding some peanut butter would be delicious. I also imagine the chocolate chips could be optional, but why would anyone want to omit them?