No Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars
These no-bake peanut butter granola bars take less than 10 minutes to make and are much healthier than most store-bought granola bars. These make a great snack or a quick breakfast on the go!
So how was everyone’s weekend? My weekend involved repainting cabinets (okay, my brother did that part), hanging the cabinet doors back on, putting on new hardware, and putting everything BACK into my cabinets.
Can I just take a minute to point out that you do not realize how much stuff you accumulate until it’s time to remodel or move? I have a million kitchen gadgets and Josh keeps hinting at me to get rid of some, so I parted ways with a few things. I can’t lie, it hurt a little saying goodbye to my juicer. R.I.P Juicer. You will be missed.
Our plan is to get the new sink, faucet, and countertops finished this weekend. I say plan because we all know how plans work out, especially because we’re doing it ourselves. Then next week will be new flooring, I’m currently dealing with a cold concrete floor.
So you’re probably thinking I made these no bake granola bars because of the state of my kitchen. But honestly I’ve been wanting to make a no bake granola bar recipe for a while now. The fact that my kitchen also looks like a hot mess right now means I don’t have much desire to cook.
I absolutely love no bake recipes because they’re always so much quicker and easier. I’m also on a major peanut butter and chocolate kick lately, if you haven’t noticed. Then again, I’m always down with some peanut butter and chocolate. Best. Combo. Ever.
These bars make a great snack or a quick breakfast to take with you when you’re in a hurry. Or just eat them whenever you feel like, like me. Enjoy!
Ingredients in This Recipe
These no-bake peanut butter granola bars are about as simple as it gets! Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe:
- Peanut butter: You’ll need to use a creamy peanut butter for this recipe. Traditional or natural peanut butter should work.
- Honey: Sweetens the bars and also helps them bind together.
- Oats: I recommend using quick oats for this recipe. If using old fashioned rolled oats, be sure to pulse them a few times in a food processor. This will break them down to about the same size as the quick oats.
- Crisp rice cereal: Adds a nice crunch to the bars.
- Salt: Balances out the sweetness from the honey.
- Cinnamon: Optional, but highly recommended. The cinnamon adds a subtle sweetness and extra flavor.
- Chocolate chips: Are melted and drizzled over the granola bars, because why not?
- Coconut oil: The coconut oil is not necessary for the chocolate drizzle, but it helps make it a little thinner and easier to work with.
How to Make Peanut Butter Granola Bars
Add the peanut butter and honey to a bowl and microwave until warm enough to stir together. Add in the remaining ingredients, then turn the mixture into a 8×8-inch baking pan.
Melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil in the microwave, then drizzle liberally over the bars. Place the bars into the fridge or freezer to set. Don’t skip this step, otherwise you won’t be able to slice them!
How Long Do These Last?
These no-bake peanut butter granola bars will last up to 10 days in the fridge. Keep them in an airtight container to prevent them from drying out.
- You need to line your baking dish with foil or parchment paper. This makes it easy to lift the bars out all at once and slice them.
- I topped these chewy peanut butter granola bars with a chocolate drizzle, you can feel free to leave it off.
- I’ve found that these bars don’t hold their shape too well and tend to become a little soft when left at room temperature for too long, so they’re best left refrigerated.
More Healthy Snack Recipes to Try!
- No-Bake Chocolate 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 Granola Bars
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 1/4 cups quick oats*
- 1 1/2 cups crisp rice cereal
- dash of salt
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
Chocolate Drizzle (optional):
- 3 tbsps. chocolate chips
- 1/2 tsp. coconut oil*
- Line an 8x8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large bowl, add the peanut butter and honey and microwave in 30-second increments until the mixture is smooth enough to easily stir together.
- Add in the quick oats, salt, and cinnamon and stir until well combined. Slowly add in the cereal, making sure to mix well.
- Scoop mixture into prepared baking sheet and flatten down with hands or pastry roller.
- Refrigerate for 1 hour or freeze for 30 minutes. Remove from the fridge and cut into 10 bars.
It’s like you’re reading my mind, Danielle! I just made some pb granola bars last week that will be posting to my blog on Friday! 🙂 Yours look beautiful, and so delicious! I love the chocolate drizzle on top, gives it a nice touch! Hope your kitchen remodeling is going well!
Great minds think alike, Gayle! Can’t wait to see your recipe this Friday!
Girl I feel your pain!! We did our kitchen remodel ourselves, floors, painted cabinets, new fixtures, painted walls, tiled backsplash. Luckily we didn’t need new cabinets. It feels like it will never be over but it will be so worth it when it is all done! 🙂 And I love this granola bars! I make a no bake pb granola bar too but it is totally different, I love the addition of the cereal, YUM!
It’s definitely not fun, but I agree I know I’ll be glad when it’s done and we’re finished!
yum! I love anything peanut butter and BARS! <3
Sounds like your kitchen is coming along nicely! How was it painting your cabinets? I’ve been debating doing that, but would hate to mess them up. Not sure if hiring a professional is the smarter way to go.
These peanut butter granola bars look delicious! Love that drizzled chocolate on top, of course : )
My brother did the sanding and painting for us with the cabinets. To be honest, I’ve sanded and repainted a lot in our house so I was just tired of doing it. But, he did spray the paint on which made them a lot smoother and glossier. It definitely doesn’t hurt to hire someone to do it, because you’re already saving a lot of money not buying new cabinets anyways!
A recipe with peanut butter is definitely a win in my book! These look delicious!
I love that your guys are doing the work yourselves. It sounds like a huge project. You need to share some pictures of your work 😀
These granola bars look delicious! I love that chocolate on top, it looks so yummy
Thanks, Cindy! I will be sharing pictures once it’s all done, hopefully sometime next month. Can’t wait for you all to see it!
LOVE how simple and quick these granola bars are! Total bonus that they’re no-bake! I am so planning on trying these the SECOND I get some PB in the house! Gorgeous photos, Danielle! Pinned. 🙂
Hope you enjoy them, thanks for the pin too!
Wow , sounds like you have a lot going on! I admire you guys for taking on such a huge project, and yes I’m sure you’ll fall behind a bit (it always happens!) but when you’re done you can say you did it yourself 🙂
These granola bars look great. I’m going to make these this upcoming week, I send the hubby off to work every day with a store bought granola bar. They aren’t nearly as healthy and I love that yours are no bake. Pinning for later!
I’ll just be so glad when it’s done! Hope your husband likes them, thanks for pinning too 🙂
I am definitely in need of a quick snack nowadays too! This looks perfect!
Peanut butter and chocolate is the best combo ever! These bars are totally being made soon! LOVE them! 😉
Not knowing how much stuff you actually have until you remodel/move…YES!! I’m excited for you when all the updates are said and done and you have fab new kitchen to play around in. 🙂 I love adding crisp rice cereal to homemade granola bar – it gives them such a satisfying crunch! These bars look deeeelish! Chocolate + PB = <3
Ahhh! no bake! sounds fabulous Danielle!! I love anything that can be whipped in a jiffy.. 🙂 the granola bars look absolutely delicious.. and its chocolate and PB together.. can it get any more better.. 🙂
Oh yes! Going on the bucket list! 🙂
I increased the peanut butter and honey just a little and added coconut and chocolate chips….they were delicious
Love the idea of adding coconut! Glad you liked them, Kari!
I made these a few weeks ago and the whole family loved them so much that I am doubling the bach I am making today. Thanks so much for this fab recipe .
These are so good and easy to make! I’m definitely putting this in my favorites folder.