No Bake Granola Bars

Hi Friends!

Just popping in to share a quick snack recipe with you guys. I mentioned these no-bake granola bars in my Favorite Ways To Eat Almonds post last week, but I made another batch yesterday so I thought I’d officially share them as their own post since I made a few tweaks to the recipe.

The main problem I have with most granola bar recipes is that they don’t stick together very well unless you use a ton of sweetener (like honey). I do like bars made with dates but honestly, sometimes I just don’t feel like getting out an appliance to blend them up. So I usually use honey, and I try to add just enough for them to stick together…but if I’m being honest, there are usually still a few crumbles. But hey, that’s fine in my book! I like to sprinkle them on yogurt, kinda like granola.

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Here’s my latest recipe. These stick together pretty well as long as you store them in the fridge and eat them quickly. In my book, they’re sweet enough for dessert….but they’re full of nuts and seeds making them a good little afternoon snack as well!

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No Bake Granola Bars
An easy snack packed with healthy ingredients that's also sweet enough for dessert!
Serves: 8
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup Rice Chex (or other cereal)
  • 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons hemp hearts
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup chopped almonds (or your fav nut)
  • ½ cup nut butter
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp chocolate chips, optional
  1. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Microwave honey and nut butter in a separate bowl for 45 seconds and stir to combine.
  3. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix until well coated.
  4. Press into an 8x8 or 9x9 pan (line with parchment paper for easy removal) and freeze for 30 minutes.
  5. Cut into 8 bars and store in the fridge.


Trust me when I say it’s much easier to eat these than it is to photograph them! Feel free to customize using your favorite nuts and seeds.

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Just look at all the goodies packed in there! I used some of my Honey Bourbon Vanilla Peanut Butter that I ordered from A Loving Spoon to kick these up a notch, but I’ve also made them with regular peanut butter and almond butter. All are delicious.

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Like I mentioned in the recipe, store these in the fridge and enjoy them cold! OR crumble one up on some vanilla ice cream for dessert!



About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. Umm your photographs look fantastic as always! And these are calling my name! I’m all about no bake recipes, granola, & bars!
    Linz @ Itz Linz recently posted..Summer Pasta Recipes

  2. I LOVE no bake bars and these look like a winning variation- the key I find is to store in the freezer and thaw slightly before eating- or just break them over yogurt!
    Arman @ thebigmansworld recently posted..Eating in Iran

  3. I love granola bars but always find mine crumble too! Need to try the fridge/freezer tip :)
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  4. I love the ingredient list on these! My big problem with homemade bars is my family eats them up so quickly. ;)
    Maryea {happy healthy mama} recently posted..The 40 Plant Foods Challenge Recap

  5. I am such a granola bar lover! Just pulled one out of the freezer that I made a while ago to keep on hand. I love my granola bar recipe, but I have to bake them for quite a while, which is always a huge factor when deciding to make them or not! I’ll have to give these no bake bars a try!
    Tara | Treble in the Kitchen recently posted..A Bittersweet Last Class

  6. ahhh it is HOT HOT HOT here…for here :-)
    no bake after CAMP today FTW.

    Carla recently posted..Not my monkeys.

  7. These sound fantastic. I love almonds in granola bars. And we’re trying to not turn the oven on for any reason right about now. Have you tried adding in protein powder to these by chance?

  8. Oooh!! these look so yummy!
    Emily @ Fit as a Mother… recently posted..Shifting Gears

  9. These sound AWESOME! And I know my son will love to help me with them!

    Thanks so much!
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  10. WOO! Yum! So need to make these, they look delish!
    Audrey Adams @ In Shape Cupcake recently posted..WIAW 7/2 Exceptional Eats and a Workout

  11. Yum!! Good tip on the fridge (and I’ll try Arman’s tip on the freezer, too).
    Carly @ Fine Fit Day recently posted..Runfessions

  12. I’ve never tried hemp hearts before, what do they taste like? The honey bourbon peanut butter sounds amazing!
    Emily @ Zen & Spice recently posted..Eating Meditation: How To Savor

  13. yum! these look spectacular! and super easy too!
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  14. These looks so good! I might have to make them this weekend.
    Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona recently posted..What I Ate Wednesday

  15. YUM! These look so good and easy too. I think I could tweak them Paleo pretty easily.
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  16. Those look amazing!!!
    Mindy @ Road Runner Girl recently posted..Farewell Run!

  17. I love no bake granola bars! They are my go-to snack these days and it’s so much better than store bought ones. I’ve never used chex mix in mine. That has got to be good!
    Melissa @ Freeing Imperfections recently posted..Life Lately { 07.02.14 }

  18. OMG you included A Loving Spoon Honey Vanilla Bourbon Peanut Butter….how on God’s green Earth did I miss this?! THANK YOU! Sharing this awesomesauce recipe everywhere!!!

  19. I love no-bake granola bars- so simple! I actually love when then crumble, I put them in a bowl with almond milk- my favorite snack! :)
    Alexandra recently posted..Healthy Cookout Recipes

  20. Love that they are no bake! They look perfect!
    Brittany @ Delights and Delectables recently posted..WIAW: Good Home Cookin’

  21. Oh yum!
    Matt @ Runner Savvy recently posted..Back At It

  22. Honey bourbon vanilla peanut butter?! wowowow. I don’t do a ton of bars, but I’m drooling already thinking of this on top of ice cream.
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  23. You have got some lovely colours in those granola bars Lindsay. I am totally with you on not wanting to get the food processor out – mine is really heavy! And then there is the cleaning…!
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