Healthy no bake granola bars take just 10 minutes to prep and are so chewy and delicious! They’re great for an anytime of day healthy snack.
This post is sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
We had a quiet weekend at home, and while that's been most weekends the last few months, I was really feeling it.
I cleaned out some old toys, finally took our donations in, fixed up our bird feeder and started a paint-by-numbers painting my mom gave me. We also played some board games, took some walks/bike rides, watched some movies (including Pinocchio for the first time) and made some tasty meals in the kitchen. Good times! (Follow me on Instagram and check out my stories if you want the behind-the-scenes look at our life.)
But alright already. Let’s talk food.
Now, we love and adore my ultimate homemade granola bars, which really are the best ever.
I’ve made those on repeat for YEARS, including the day after I came home from the hospital after giving birth to my second child. Couldn’t go without.
BUT. Sometimes you want an easier, no-fuss and especially no oven recipe to satisfy those granola bar needs.
Particularly in summertime, which gets awfully hot here in the South. (Check out my healthy summer snacks for other great ideas for this time of year. 👍)
And so, enter these healthy no bake granola bars, which are chewy and perfectly sweet and just awesome for an afternoon pick-me-up.
They’ve got a bit of peanut butter and chocolate, which is one of my favorite combos, and they have a great texture.
(You might also love these chocolate peanut butter energy balls for another no-bake healthy snack.)
And they set up and hold together so well. You can grab one to go or have a quiet moment and savor.
Either way, snacking never had it so good!
I also love having the opportunity to partner with Bob’s Red Mill again this year. They are dedicated to quality ingredients and it’s an employee-owned company.
They’ve also been giving back so much amid these uncertain times. They ran a contest to support restaurants across the US with big gifts to help offset the financial impact of having to close down and reduce their business.
I’m all about supporting a company like that. ❤️
OK, back to the recipe at hand today.
Now, I’ve got some notes and substitutions coming up on how to make healthy no-bake granola bars. Just tryin’ to be helpful.
If you want to jump on down to the recipe, simply scroll right on through the rest of the text. The recipe card is near the bottom of the page, above the comments section.
Notes on healthy no bake granola bars:
- While these are no-bake, they do need about 2 hours of time to sit in the refrigerator to set up so they stay together. Please plan accordingly.
- I use peanut butter but you can substitute almond butter if you prefer.
- Melted butter or coconut oil will work. You could also use canola oil.
- Honey or maple syrup will work for the sweetener.
- Chia seeds are called for in the recipe, but I think flax seeds would work too. They add a boost of nutrition without affecting the flavor.
- If you don't have either, I've also skipped them and used an extra ¼ cup each of the oats and crispy rice cereal. Works just fine. 👍
- Any brand of crispy rice cereal is fine for these.
As is, these granola bars are gluten-free, egg-free and can be dairy-free. These can also easily be made vegan if needed.
How to make vegan no bake granola bars:
Follow the recipe with these modifications:
- Use melted coconut oil in place of the butter
- Choose maple syrup instead of honey
- Use a vegan chocolate chip
Done and done. 🙌
Also, if you don’t have a house full of hungry kids (or a husband) who want snacks all day long, you can make a half batch of this recipe.
Just halve all of the ingredients and use an 8x4 bread pan instead of the 8x8 pan. After they set up in the fridge, you can slice into 6 bars. Everything else is the same.
Finally, let's discuss storing the extras.
I mean, you’re probably going to want to chow down on 2 or 3 of these in a setting, but you’ll likely have a few leftover. I hope so. 😉
How to store leftover no bake granola bars:
* You can store leftover healthy granola bars in the refrigerator for up to a week. Just keep covered in saran wrap or a plastic container.
And while these do need to be kept cold, they can travel well. You can throw one in your bag (wrapped in plastic wrap or in a snack size ziploc bag) and enjoy it on the go. (Note, they will start to soften and fall apart a bit after an hour or in high heat.)
I hope you give these a try for an easy, delicious homemade granola bar that’s perfect for summertime.
P.S. If you love this recipe, check out my healthy breakfast bars. They're also no bake, just 4 ingredients and 10 minutes to put together!
- ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted (or sub coconut oil, melted)
- ⅔ cup creamy peanut butter
- ½ cup honey (or maple syrup)
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup Bob's Red Mill old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup crispy rice cereal
- ½ cup chia seeds (see notes)
- ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
- Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine the melted butter, peanut butter, honey, vanilla, cinnamon and salt and stir well.
- Add the oats, crispy rice cereal, chia seeds and chocolate chips. Stir well to combine.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours to allow the granola bars to set up.
- Slice and serve. Store extras, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
While these are no-bake, they do need about 2 hours of time to sit in the refrigerator to set up so they stay together. Please plan accordingly.
Chia seeds are called for in the recipe, but I think flax seeds would work too. They add a boost of nutrition without affecting the flavor. If you don't have either, I've also skipped them and used an extra ¼ cup each of the oats and crispy rice cereal. Works just fine.
I use peanut butter but you can substitute almond butter if you prefer.
Melted butter or coconut oil will work. You could also use canola oil.
Honey or maple syrup will work for the sweetener.
Any brand of crispy rice cereal is fine for these.
To make these vegan: Use coconut oil in place of the butter, choose maple syrup instead of honey and use a vegan chocolate chip.
You can also make a half batch and use an 8x4 bread pan instead of the 8x8 baking pan.
Serving Size:1 bar
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 272Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 128mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 5gSugar: 17gProtein: 6g