No Bake Granola Bars

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Learn how to make delicious No Bake Granola Bars in just 10 minutes with only 4 ingredients! These Peanut Butter Granola Bars are the perfect make-ahead breakfast or snack that you’ll feel good about. They are packed with protein and easily made gluten-free.

A no bake granola bar topped with chocolate, fruit and nuts

Originally published May 2017, updated with tips January 2020

I’m so excited to share my No Bake Granola Bars recipe with you today. They’re the perfect way to start the day. Delicious and full of protein! 

These bars are so quickly your biggest challenge will be to keep up with demand! They’re so simple and SO craveable! Fortunately they take just 10 minutes and 4 ingredients so you can easily replenish.

These No Bake Granola Bars are incredible on their own, but who doesn’t love to play with food? You can add mix-ins or create a granola bar toppings bar when entertaining!

They make the ultimate snack for after school, after a workout or for a quick fix whenever you’re craving something sweet and slightly salty!

To Make No Bake Granola Bars You Will Need:

  • Peanut Butter – It’s best to use smooth peanut butter for this recipe, and I would advise that you don’t use a natural variety.
  • Honey – Honey adds natural sweetness to the bars and eliminates the need to use refined sugar.
  • Old Fashioned Oats – If you are celiac, opt for Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Old Fashioned Oats. Oats are gluten free, but can be exposed to cross-contamination because they’re often processed in the same facility as wheat. 
  • Puffed Rice – To add texture and crispiness to the bars. You can use white or brown puffed rice.

How To Make No Bake Granola Bars

  1. mixing peanut butter and honey together in a white mixing bowl
    Combine peanut butter and honey in a bowl. Warm for 30 seconds in the microwave and stir.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats and puffed rice.
  3. mixing granola rice peanut butter and honey with a spatula
    Stir in peanut butter honey mixture.
  4. Line 9×9 baking dish with criss cross parchment paper for easy removal. 
  5. scooping no bake peanut butter bar mixture into baking dish
    Scoop mixture in and firmly press using your spatula or a piece of parchment.
  6. cutting peanut butter bars
    Refrigerate overnight. Cut them into squares and transfer them to an airtight container.
A breakfast bar served on a white plate

Recipe Variations

These bars are delicious as they are, but you can easily add nuts, chocolate and other ingredients to make things just to your taste! We like to spread them with nutella and add fresh fruit! Try adding in:

  • Nuts
  • Pretzels
  • Dried Fruits
  • Chocolate Chips
  • M&M’s
  • Reese’s Pieces
  • Marshmallows
  • Coconut
  • Chia Seeds
  • the options are endless!
Peanut butter granola bars next to bowls of different toppings

Are Granola Bars Healthy?

We can’t get enough of these Peanut Butter Granola Bars – they’re so easy to make and I feel good about them, too!

They are packed with protein which makes them a great breakfast treat before heading off to school. They have no refined sugar and one bar comes in at around 340 calories, so they are a great way to start the day.

a bar topped with chocolate on a plate

How Do You Get Granola Bars To Stick Together?

The honey and peanut butter in these no bake granola bars helps to bind all of the ingredients together, and when chilled they become firm and hold together really well.

Make sure that the mixture is really well mixed and be sure to press it down firmly into the sheet pan before chilling it overnight.

5 minute no bake granola bars with just 4 ingredients!
breakfast bar idea - easy no bake granola bars with a toppings bar to customize your own

Through the years I’ve focused on a more effortless style of entertaining which feels thoughtful, beautiful and anything but stressful. I love serving a simple toppings bar so that guests can customize to their preference, especially for breakfast and brunch when you have a limited amount of time to prepare.

Nutella No Bake Granola Bars recipe with a toppings bar

Are you a picky eater? My palate has expanded tremendously as I’ve grown older, but I’m always in favor of customizing. It feels more appealing than option A or B, doesn’t it? Offering granola bars with a toppings bar is an easy but beautiful way to serve breakfast or brunch for a few or a crowd and requires very little effort.

You can set up a granola bar toppings bar on a buffet or bar cart, but when hosting an intimate get together, I prefer to display directly on the table for convenience. It also doubles as an instant centerpiece!

  • hazelnut spread
  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • bananas
  • almonds
  • walnuts
  • coconut
  • dried cranberries
  • dried apricots
Close up of a granola bar with toppings

Tips 

  • Store – Granola bars keep them refrigerated for up to a week. They are great to make on a Sunday evening and then enjoy them throughout the week.
  • These bars freeze really well. Once the bars have chilled and you have cut them, freeze them in an airtight container with the layers separated by parchment. Thaw to room temperature to enjoy.
  • Use gluten-free certified oats to make these bars gluten-free.
  • You can make these bars vegan by swapping the honey for maple syrup. I haven’t made them this way, but pretty sure they will turn out well!
A glass jar with honey in it

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4 ingredient easy no bake granola bars recipe

No Bake Granola Bars

Author: Julie Blanner
Learn how to make delicious no-bake granola bars in just 10 minutes with only 4 ingredients! These granola bars are the perfect make-ahead breakfast!
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 7 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 bars
Calories 338 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 3 cups old fashion oats
  • 1 1/2 cups puffed rice {brown or white}

Instructions
 

  • Combine peanut butter and honey in a bowl. Warm for 30 seconds in the microwave and stir.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine oats and puffed rice.
  • Stir in peanut butter honey mixture.
  • Line 9×9 baking dish with criss cross parchment paper for easy removal.
  • Scoop mixture in and firmly press using your spatula or a piece of parchment.
  • Refrigerate overnight. 

Video

Notes

Optional Add Ins
  • Nuts
  • Pretzels
  • Dried Fruits
  • Chocolate Chips
  • M&M’s
  • Reese’s Pieces
  • Marshmallows
  • Coconut
  • Chia Seeds
  • the options are endless!
Store Peanut Butter Granola Bars refrigerated in an airtight container for up to one week.
Use gluten-free certified oats to make these bars gluten-free.
You can make these bars vegan by swapping the honey for maple syrup. I haven’t made them this way, but pretty sure they will turn out well!
These bars freeze really well. Once the bars have chilled and you have cut them, freeze them in an airtight container with the layers separated by parchment. You can then thaw them at room temperature.

Nutrition

Calories:338kcalCarbohydrates:39gProtein:11gFat:18gSaturated Fat:4gSodium:150mgPotassium:294mgFiber:4gSugar:21gVitamin C:1mgCalcium:26mgIron:2mg
5 from 8 votes
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