No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars
These no-bake peanut butter chocolate chip granola bars are made with just a few healthy ingredients and are easy to make! These bars make a perfect snack or quick breakfast for those who are on the go.
Maybe it’s just me, but the start of a new year always feels like such a fresh start. While I’ve come to realize I’m absolutely horrible at sticking with New Year’s resolutions, I still love when January rolls around. I feel like I’m more productive… even if it only lasts for a month.
After all of the holiday treats we’ve been eating around here, I’ve finally realized I need a little more balance in my eating habits. While I love baking desserts (and eating them), I do enjoy eating healthier too. This past weekend I had planned to make a batch of my no-bake peanut butter granola bars but decided to experiment with a chocolate version instead.
I reduced the amount of quick oats and crisp rice cereal and added in some cocoa powder. These bars ended up turning out better than I expected! The mini chocolate chips are totally optional in these, but I highly recommend them. Who doesn’t love a little extra chocolate?
I love eating one of these homemade chewy granola bars for a quick snack or for those mornings when I’m running out the door. Actually, that’s more like every morning. Hope you enjoy these as much as we do!
Ingredients in This Recipe
These peanut butter chocolate chip granola bars come together with minimal ingredients and are pretty good for you! Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe:
- Peanut butter: You’ll want to use a creamy peanut butter for these chewy chocolate chip granola bars. Natural or traditional peanut butter will work.
- Honey: Sweetens the granola bars and helps bind them together.
- Cocoa powder: Be sure to use unsweetened cocoa powder.
- Vanilla extract: Pure vanilla extract will deliver the strongest flavor.
- Salt: You need a little salt to balance out the sweetness of the bars.
- Quick oats: For a slightly softer bar, feel free to reduce the quick oats to 1 and 3/4 cups.
- Crisp rice cereal: Adds a nice crunch to the peanut butter chocolate granola bars.
- Chocolate chips: I prefer using mini chocolate chips. Regular sized chocolate chips make these bars hard to form.
How to Make Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
Combine the peanut butter and honey, and microwave until smooth and easy to stir. Add in the cocoa powder, vanilla, and salt. Stir in the oats, cereal, and chocolate chips last.
Turn the mixture into a parchment paper-lined 8×8-inch baking pan. Use your hands to firmly pack the mixture down.
Let the homemade chewy granola bars chill in the fridge for at least an hour, or until set enough to slice.
Can I Use Old-Fashioned Oats?
Yes, but old-fashioned rolled oats are larger than quick oats. As such, your chocolate chip granola bars will be much chewier.
- Make sure to line your baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil. This makes it easier to lift the bars out and slice them.
- Instead of chocolate chips, you could experiment with using finely chopped nuts, dried fruit, or another baking chip.
- I do suggest storing these bars in the refrigerator since they become a little softer when left at room temperature. The good news is that they taste even better straight from the fridge!
More Healthy Snack Recipes to Try!
- No-Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars
- No-Bake Chocolate Cherry Almond Granola Bars
- Easy Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal Cups
- Baked Blueberry Oatmeal Cups
- Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars
No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups quick oats* (170 grams)
- 1 cup crisp rice cereal
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
- Line an 8x8-inch baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the peanut butter and honey. Microwave for about 20-30 seconds or until just warm enough to mix together. Mix until fully combined.
- Add in the cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and salt and mix well.
- Stir in the quick oats until fully combined and then add the crisp rice cereal and mini chocolate chips. The mixture should be thick, but if you feel it is a little too thick you can add a little less than a full cup of the cereal.
- Scoop the mixture into the prepared baking pan. Using your hands, firmly press the mixture into the pan.
- Refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until the bars are set enough to cut into bars. Remove the aluminum foil/parchment paper from the pan and cut into 10-12 bars.
These granola bars look amazing, Danielle! Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous! I wish I could just reach right through the screen and grab one. Chocolate and peanut butter is the best combination! And after overeating during the holidays, this is just the thing that I need to get me back on track. Pinned!
Thanks so much, Gayle! These are definitely a good way to get back on track, I feel the same way!
These granola bars look SO similar to a recipe I have planned in a few weeks! Great minds think alike. 😉 These seriously look so amazing, Danielle! I definitely wouldn’t be able to stop at one of these!
Great minds do think alike! Can’t wait to see your version, Sarah 🙂
I’m always in for a healthy tread! Love these and the combination of chocolate and PB is my favorite! Can’t wait to try them! Pinned!
I’ve never made my own granola bars before. I don’t know why, so easy, and I bet they taste so much better than store bought. I love this peanut butter and chocolate version. One of my favorite flavor combos. These pictures are gorgeous Danielle!
There so easy to make and taste so much better! Thanks for the compliment too Natalie, that means a lot 🙂
I really need to try making my own granola bars. The store bought ones just have too may things in them I don’t want. And yours look so much better!
I love making homemade bars when I can because I can’t pronounce half of the ingredients in the ones at the store, haha! Thanks so much, Christin 🙂
Do I have to use quick oats for these? I would much rather use regular old-fashioned.
You can use old-fashioned oats, just keep in mind that they’re larger so the bars will be chewier.
Made these today! Delicious! Used regular Rice Krispies and old fashioned oats and regular sized chocolate chips. Turned out great! Would recommend keeping in fridge very tasty treat! Reminds me of a healthy peanut butter Rice Krispie treat
Wow, these granola bars look so perfect! You’ve got uniformity down 😀 I love this combination. Pinning!
Wow these granola bars look amazing! Great pictures. Love that they are no bake my favorite!
Oh, this looks so good !! Chocolate and Peanut Butter together are to die for! Pinned!
Danielle, I am definitely pinning these to try. I have a go-to granola bar recipe and I never change it, but this one is so much simpler and I LOVE the chocolate version. They look incredible!
I’m the same way, I had one granola bar recipe I made all the time. Hope you enjoy them if you try them, Ashley!
These look completely amazing! Chocolate and Peanut butter is the best combo, and everyone in my house will go crazy for these (and that’s the best kind of recipe!) Pinned 🙂
Thanks, Sherri! My husband ended up eating more of them than I did, I bet everyone would love them 😉
I love love no-bake bars, and these sound delicious! They’re just the snack I’m craving after the holidays. Gorgeous pictures, too! 🙂
Thanks so much, Alyssa!
I’ve yet to find a favorite no-bake granola bar recipe, but looking at these I think I just did! I can’t wait to make a batch this weekend! I love your photos of these bars! Pinned!
Thanks, Kristine! Hope you enjoy them if you try them 🙂
These bars look fantastic. Don’t you love it when a recipe turns out even better than expected? I’m going to be trying these soon. Great recipe, I need some bars in my life! Pinned!
It’s always great when recipes turn out better than expected! Thanks Karen, hope you enjoy them!
Stunning!! I love all of your shots, they look perfect! And I LOVE this recipe! I actually picked up some gluten free rice krispies last week so I have all the ingredients. I am making these tonight, my husband will be so happy!! 🙂
Thanks so much, Annie! I can tell you they’re husband approved. Josh ate more than I did haha 😉
I love bars like this, Danielle, and make them as much as possible! These look perfect and your photos are so pretty! I just want to reach thru the screen and grab a few.
I love them too, they’re so quick and easy. Thanks, Marcie!
It may sound cliche but January for me it’s always been about going back to eating a more balanced diet rather than chocolate and roast meats. I am in with these granola bars!
Same here, Mariana! Thanks so much 🙂
I am more productive in January than most months as well, haha! I am in love with these bars! They look professionally made and so delicious looking!
Thanks so much, Amber! 🙂
Your pictures are making me hungry! These look so good and I don’t need to feel guilty eating my favorite peanut butter and chocolate!
These granola bars look absolutely perfect, Danielle! Homemade granola bars are my favorite, I make different variations every week and can’t wait to try your recipe. The pictures are just gorgeous and I love the chocolate and peanut butter combo!
Thanks so much, Kelly! Thanks for pinning too 🙂
I always feel like January is a fresh start too! I tried not to make any resolutions this year though because I always feel guilty when I don’t stick to them! I’m so glad you experimented and added some extra chocolate to these bars because they look awesome!
Same here, Isadora! Thanks so much 🙂
I’m not too into resolutions, but boy, am I into granola bars. Especially if they involve PB and chocolate! Delicious!
These look awesome!! My biggest problem with homemade granola bars is having them fall apart when I cut them… but yours look like they held together perfectly!! So yummy and the perfect snack!
Oh I hate when that happens, Jess! These held together really well I was actually pretty happy with them. Thanks so much!
These look amazing!! Your homemade granola bars look so much better than store-bought!
These “look” good,but I found that it was dry and crumbly. Had to add more peanut butter. I’m wondering if an ingredient was missing from list.
Hi James, I’m really sorry to hear these turned out dry for you. I double checked the recipe and it’s correct as written. If you feel that it’s too dry you could also reduce the oats or cereal in the recipe, or add more peanut butter like you mentioned. The mixture is very thick, but should hold together once you press it firmly in the pan and refrigerate it.
I’ve tried them twice and found they were way too dry as well. I did use natural peanut butter so I thought maybe the lack of oils in that was the problem, but I added a tablespoon or so of coconut oil and they were still way too dry. And I only added about 2/3 of the dry ingredients, it would have been just crumbs if I had added all of them. It does look like an ingredient is missing.
Hi, Rebecca. I’ve made these a few times and double checked the recipe and it’s not missing an ingredient. I know it does seem like a lot of dry ingredients, but you really have to work the mixture together and press it down firmly into the pan. If you find that they’re dry still you can certainly reduce the oats or add some more peanut butter. I do appreciate your feedback though, this is a recipe I plan to revisit soon and make a little easier to work with 🙂
Do you cook the oats or just use it raw?
I don’t cook the oats, but you can toast them if you prefer.
Loved it so much! Perfect recipe and easy to do! Does anyone know how many calories this is?
So glad you enjoyed the bars! I’m not sure about the nutritional information, but you can plug everything into an online calculator to get an estimate.