These No-Bake Homemade Granola bars are easy to make, delicious, and healthier than the boxed version. It’s a win/win recipe!
Just about every time we go to the grocery store, my kids ask for two things: granola bars and candy. I usually say no to the candy, but we go through boxes and boxes of granola bars. I decided it was high time I came up with a recipe for granola bars that were a little healthier than the boxed variety.
It took a couple tries, but I came up with a recipe that everyone in the family loves. Even I couldn’t stop sneaking tastes, and I’m not usually a fan of granola bars!
These homemade granola bars are no bake, and I love that about them. So easy to whip up! The hardest part is just pressing them into the pan. But once you get the mixture spread into your pan, if you just place another cookie sheet on top and press down, it makes it a lot easier.
Not only are these granola bars packed with protein, fiber, and other nutrients, but they are easy to package up for on the go snacks. Just wrap them up in plastic wrap, and toss them into a bag or container. Kids can literally grab one and eat it as they walk out the door. Trust me though, you’ll want to grab one too. They are soooo yummy!
I tried a few recipes for granola bars, and these were by far the winner. The Rice Krispies give them a nice airy crunch, so they are much easier to chew than other recipes I tried with just oats. And my kids could not even tell they have flax seed in them. I love it when I can sneak in some extra nutrition!
For extra flavor, you can toast the oats. I just pour mine onto a cookie sheet and bake them at 350° for about 10 minutes, stirring halfway through. If you have a little extra time, I recommend it. It gives them a great nutty flavor.
Homemade Granola Bars
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- 3 cups Rice Krispies cereal
- 1/2 cup flax seed, ground
- 1/3 cup butter or coconut oil
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
- Combine oats, Rice Krispies, and ground flax seed in a large mixing bowl.
- Combine butter, honey, brown sugar, and peanut butter in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat till butter is melted, stirring often. Add vanilla and salt. Mix well, then pour over oat mixture. Stir till blended. Let cool for a few minutes till no longer warm to the touch. Stir in the chocolate chips. (I like to reserve some for the top.)
- Line a large jelly roll pan with parchment paper or waxed paper, with about three inches extra on each end. Dump the mixture into the pan, and press very firmly till flat. Sprinkle with reserved chips, and press them in lightly.
- Let sit at room temperature for 2-3 hours, then use the excess parchment paper to remove the whole thing from the pan. Use a sharp knife to cut into bars. Wrap in plastic wrap and store in an airtight container.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 179Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 94mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 2gSugar: 11gProtein: 4g