No Bake Chewy Granola Bars


No Bake Chewy Granola Bars | Dinners, Dishes, & Desserts

I hope you all had a great weekend, and are ready for Monday.  I can’t say I am ready for Monday this week, but who is ever really ready for it.  It was a beautiful weekend here.  We went hiking to a waterfall on Saturday.  Sunday, I went running with my 6 year old.  He went his furthest ever, 2 miles!  He wants to work up to a 5k this summer.  Then he topped of Sunday night by eating an enchilada for dinner.  He is a very picky eater, so you have to understand how huge this was for us!  Now if he would just eat some vegetables….

Today I have for you a super easy recipe for granola bars.  They taste very similar to a chewy kind you can buy at the store.  These have just a few ingredients, and come together in under 10 minutes.  So much healthier and cheaper than the grocery store alternative.  Plus you could mix in whatever you want!  Raisins, peanut butter, marshmallows, cranberries, nuts, coconut etc.  This recipe made about 12 bars for me, but it is all about how thin or thick you like them.

No Bake Chewy Granola Bars

Yields 12

No Bake Chewy Granola Bars - even better than the store bought ones!

15 minPrep Time

15 minTotal Time

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  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups quick cooking oats (not rolled oats)
  • 1 cup crispy rice cereal
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbls mini chocolate chips


  1. Stir oats and rice cereal together. Set aside. Over medium heat, melt butter, honey and brown sugar together. Once it starts to bubble, reduce heat, and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in vanilla. Pour syrup over the oat mixture. Stir until well coated. Pat into a greased sheet pan. Mine were about 1/2 in thick. Thoroughly press them together, or they will crumble when you cut into them. Sprinkle chocolate chips evenly across the bars. Lightly press in the chips. Allow to cool for at least 2 hours. Cut into bars, store in air tight container at room temperature.


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  1. No bake?? NO bake??

    This one’s for me!

  2. YUM! And no baking??? Can’t wait to try these!

  3. Erin, i’ve been on the hunt for no bake granola bars for awhile now. i love those chewy ones from Quaker, but feel a *tad* guilty eating them knowing I can make my own. i think peanut butter chips and raisins would be soooo good together too. so many combo ideas are floating around my head! :)

  4. Sounds like you had an amazing weekend! Hiking to a waterfall – I’m jealous! I can’t believe your son is only 6 and wants to work up to a 5k! That’s some serious motivation. :)

    These bars sound amazing, I love chewy granola bars for a grab and go breakfast! Great recipe!

  5. Love this recipe Erin! No-bake is the way to go, especially since it is getting warm rather quickly. These sound wonderful!

  6. Love that these don’t need to be baked! They look so delicious and perfectly chewy, Erin. Great recipe and pretty photos!

  7. Looks delish! Any idea of a calorie count?

  8. What a great idea! I love no bake anything. :) These look really yummy.

  9. I too have been looking for a good homemade granola bar recipe! These look easy and wholesome. Did I just say wholesome?? Well, they do. :)

  10. The fact that these are no bake makes them all the more tastier 😀
    Thanks for a wonderful recipe!

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  11. I will definitely try this recipe for my grand kids, they love bars like this, I can’t keep them stocked in my pantry,lol;-)

  12. So easy and versatile without all the corn syrup and additives of store-bought! Have a great week, Erin :)

  13. 2 miles at 6 years old…I am so impressed :)
    These look wonderful, and of course the “No Bake” is a plus, especially since I tend to burn most anything I bake :)
    Hope you are having a great start to your week…

  14. As much as I love baking, from time to time a no-bake recipe is more than welcomed. These granola sound to good not to make them!

  15. This is SO up my alleyway. I love no bake things!!

  16. I just made this a couple of weeks ago and I L-OOOOVED it. The no-bake aspect is an added bonus and the caramely flavor was just AH-MAZING.

  17. I love that these are no bake and so quick to put together. Very versatile too. Yummy!

  18. Such a great recipe!! I’m known to easily scarf down multiple granola bars in one sitting!

  19. What a great money saving option. And, perfect fuel for your 6-yea-old while he trains for his first 5k!

  20. These granola bars look delicious! I love that you son wants to do a 5k. Developing healthy habits early in life :)

  21. Ooh, these look just like the ones from the store. I think the Quaker Oats brand, right? This will be nice to have in my arsenal. I’ve never been very successful when it comes to making chewy granola bars. Thanks for sharing! I hope your Monday started off with a bang :-) Have a great week!

  22. I love granola bars and this recipe looks wonderful!!! This will be great for the work week!!

  23. A 5K at 6? Holy cow! Impressive!
    These look like delicious, easy to make bars :) love it!

  24. What great ingredients and I love simplicity!

  25. —-Looks DeLISH & Healthy, TOO.
    Mmmmmm. Xx

  26. Great recipe, looks healthy and yummy. I love that your son is running with you. Mini-me is picky too so I can relate.

  27. I am definitely enjoying adding honey to more of my recipes as sweeteners. These look great; I cave to any treat with mini chocolate chips on top. I would be hard pressed to pick veggies over these bars.

  28. These granola bars look so good. My son brings one granola bar in his snack bag. I should be making this instead of store bought, huh… thanks for the recipe!

  29. Wow, how impressive that he wants to run a 5k! These granola bars are the perfect snack!

  30. Okay. I am so going to make these soon. I love that they’re no bake. Sometimes I bake so much it seems like I never turn the oven off! Thanks for this recipe :)

  31. I love baking, but sometimes I like to take a break with a no-bake treat! I have been wanting to try making my own granola bars for a while and this looks like the perfect adaptable recipe (coconut will be added for sure!)

  32. I love finding treats that are no-bake, especially with my crazy busy schedule:-) These look delicious! I love that your son wants to run a 5k, have fun training with him! Take care, Terra

  33. Love this granola bar recipe, I’m going to be trying this out this week :). Wow I can’t believe your 6 year old ran 2 miles and want to run a 5 k says good things about mom and dad. I’ve been exercising my whole life and my daughter has no interest what so sever, she does dance but not interested in what mom does.

  34. These look amazing and that they’re no bake makes me happy!

  35. Wow, two miles, that’s great! And with picky kids myself, I know how big it is when they eat something new! These bars look great. I’ve made granola bars before, but was never able to get the chewy party right. Great recipe!

  36. Yum! I love that they don’t require baking, so easy!

  37. these sounds awesome! will definitely be giving these a try!

  38. These look fantastic and even better that no baking is involved! How amazing that your 6 year old wants to run 5 km’s. Maybe we’ll be seeing him in a future olympics!

  39. These bars sound awesome! My old college roommate was addicted to the chewy bars from the store, and I think she would love to know that she could make these at home. I know I’m going to try these!

  40. These look wonderful! I am always wary of buying the chewy bars in the store as I am paranoid of preservatives…these sound so quick and easy to make (not to mention delicious). Will definitely be making these soon!

  41. Tiffany Ziolkowski says:

    those look good!

  42. what the what?! There’s no peanut butter or egg in there! (unless you have a peanut or egg allergy that’s not going to mean much but to me, that’s golden.)

  43. Fran Moore says:

    These were terrific! I used coconut oil instead of butter, and added cranberries with the chocolate chips. Yummy! Thx!

  44. I’m just wondering, once these are made, how long will they be good for?

  45. I just made a huge batch of these. One pan with almonds and white chocolate chips and one pan with milk chocolate chips. Anxiously waiting for them to cool!!! With kids plus nieces and nephews coming over for Spring Break, these will come in handy.

  46. I can’t wait to try these. The ingredients in the boxed stuff is horrible. Maybe I won’t feel as bad if my kids are inhaling these instead. Any DIY NutriGrain bars idea.

  47. hi

    “Pour syrup over the oat mixture”

    There was no syrup in the ingredients. What kind of syrup ?


    • The butter, honey, and brown sugar that you cook for 2 minutes turns into a syrup. This is what you pour over the oat mixture.


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