No-Bake Granola Bars

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This Homemade No-Bake Granola Bars recipe is basically the homemade heathier version of your favorite store-bought granola bars. No- bake peanut butter granola bars are a perfect portable morning or afternoon snack- great for lunch boxes, road trips, or outdoor picnics!

If you are looking for no bake recipes, you will love this no bake granola bars recipe.

Healthy No-Bake Granola Bars

Do you love granola bars? Me, too! 

What I love the most about this No-Bake Granola Bars recipe is that I always have the ingredients available in my pantry. These granola bars are also versatile, with tons of options to add any other ingredient that you’d like!

 It took me a few tries to get the recipe right, the third was a charm! They came out super soft, chewy and yummy!

This healthy snack bars recipe makes a wonderful breakfast. It also stores beautifully, so it makes a great homemade gift.

Once you try homemade no-bake granola bars, you won’t go back to store-bought granola bars. It’s so much better!

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No-Bake Granola Bars Recipe Ingredients

You need these basic ingredients to make this homemade granola bar recipe:

(Exact measurements at the end of this post)

  • Oats: healthy, whole-grain old-fashioned oats helps keep these bars hold a shape. Be sure to use certified gluten-free oats if you need gluten-free granola bars.
  • Nuts & seeds: I used whole almonds, and roasted sunflower seeds. But you can also try, walnuts, pecans, cashews, peanuts, pistachios, macadamia nuts or pumpkin seeds.
  • Peanut butter (or sunflower butter for nut free).
  • Rice Cereal: Rice Krispies cereal is the best!
  • Honey: Natural sweetener
  • Brown sugar
  • Dried fruits: Dried fruit lends some extra sweetness, chewy texture and irresistible fruity flavor. I used dried raisons for these homemade bars. You can also add dried cranberries, cherries or apricots.
  • Mini chocolate chips:  Added after the granola has completely cooled, to avoid them from melting.
  • Salt: Enhances the flavor.
  • Vanilla extract

How to Make Homemade Healthy Granola Bars:

  1. In a large skillet, over medium heat, heat the butter, brown sugar, and honey. 
  2. Remover from heat and add the peanut butter, vanilla extract and peanut butter. 
  3. Mix until everything is coated.
  4. Add the oats, rice cereal, raisins, almonds and sunflower seeds, and stir to combine.
  5. Place the mixture into a parchment lined 8×8 baking pan, and press down firmly.
  6. Sprinkle in the mini chocolate chips.
  7. Set in the fridge for a at least 1 hour before slicing into bars.

These are the best granola bars, they’re:

  • Chewy
  • Sweet
  • Healthy
  • No-Bake
  • Delish
  • And easy to make.
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From back-to-school, to holiday gatherings to getting by day-to-day, life is BUSY.

This easy no-bake granola bars recipe is here for you.

I love healthy homemade treats! Try Banana Bread with Dates and Walnuts, Coconut Date Bars & Nutribullet Ice cream next.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do you Get Granola Bars to Stick Together?

Here are my top tips for getting granola bars to not fall apart (the worst!):

  • Don’t over measure your oats, nuts, and rice cereal. If you measure the dry ingredients too generously the granola bars won’t stick together because they won’t be enough liquid ingredients to “glue” them together. Don’t throw off the dry to wet ratio with heavy-handed measuring.
  • Let the honey, butter, brown sugar mixture boil for one minute. That helps the sugar to caramelize just a little and it makes everything stick together better.
  • Press the bars into the pan very firmly. I normally will grease the bottom of a glass cup or measuring up and use it to stamp down the mixture in the pan.

How Do You Store these Peanut Butter No-bake Granola Bars?

  • To Store. Store leftover granola bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week and in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  • To Freeze. Homemade granola bars will keep well in freezer for up to 3 months, when stored in freezer-safe airtight container. Ziplock bags work great for this.

More Healthy Dessert Recipes:

Coconut Date Bars

Healthy Peanut Butter Cups

These Healthy No-Bake Granola Bars are not only easy to make, but also guilt-free to eat. They make the perfect nourishing snack or treat, that take minutes to throw together, are filled with good-for-you ingredients, and make for quick, portable breakfast and snack.

If you make these Homemade Granola Bars or any other recipe on Salt & Sweet, then let me know how it turned out for you! Leave a comment below and share a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #thesaltandsweetkitchen or on my Facebook group! 

No-Bake Granola Bars Recipe

no bake granola bars

No- Bake Granola Bars

Yield: 12 bars
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

This Homemade No-Bake Granola Bars recipe is basically the homemade heathier version of your favorite store-bought granola bars. No- bake peanut butter granola bars are a perfect portable morning or afternoon snack- great for lunch boxes, road trips, or outdoor picnics!



  1. Line a 8×8-inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. In a large skillet, over medium heat, add the butter, brown sugar and honey. Cook until you have a smooth mixture, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove from the heat, and stir in peanut butter, vanilla and salt.
  4. Add the oats, rice cereal, almonds, raisins and sunflower seeds to the skillet.
  5. Stir to combine very well until everything is coated.
  6. Transfer the oat and grain mixture to the prepared pan.
  7. Use the bottom of a measuring cup to press firmly the mixture into the pan. Spend extra time on this step, to ensure the mixture is pressed down tightly.
  8. Spread the chocolate chips on top and press firmly again, using a measuring cup.
  9. Chill for at least 1 hour.
  10. Remove the oat and grains from the pan using the edges of the parchment paper.
  11. Place it on a cutting board.
  12. Slice into bars and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 156Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 148mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 2gSugar: 17gProtein: 5g

Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.

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  1. I found 1/4 cup butter to be a bit too much, I used 1/3 cup and it turned out fine, especially that there is peanut butter too.

    1. Hello Anna,
      Thank you for trying my granola bars recipe. However, to my understanding, 1/3 cup is more than 1/4 cup.
      1/3 cup = 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon.

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