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Recipe: No bake granola bars

No-Bake Granola Bars

top view of no bake granola barsSo we needed a quick after-school snack today, and I decided on granola bars (though I’ve never made them before).  I did a quick search on Martha Stewart’s site (because you can rarely go wrong with the taste of her recipes) and found this video for No-Nuttin’ Granola Bars.

This recipe is just what I needed, and I adapted it for what we had on-hand in our own kitchen.  The flavor still came out amazing!  Took about 30 minutes to create these tasty granola bars, including the quick-cool time in the freezer.

These will become treats for our next road trip for sure!

No bake granola bars

No-Bake Granola Bars
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Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 8-10
  • ⅓ cup light tasting olive oil (or other heart-healthy oil)
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ⅓ cup sucanat (or lightly packed brown sugar)
  • 1¾ cup rolled oats
  • 1¼ cup cereal (We used some bran flakes we had on-hand, but you can use crisp rice cereal, cheerios, or whatever you have.)
  • ¾ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup nuts of your choice (optional)
  1. Line an 8-inch round or square pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Combine the oil and sugars in a sauce pan over med-high heat. Stir until boiling. Boil for 1 minute while stirring. (This will caramelize and thicken.)
  3. Combine the oats, cereal, and nuts in a large bowl.
  4. Pour the liquid into the oat mixture and incorporate together well.
  5. Gently spread mixture into pan, WITHOUT pressing down.
  6. Add chocolate chips over the top and press down firmly all over so that chips get into the granola mixture.
  7. For a quick cool, place the pan for 15 minutes in the freezer. Or you can cool them out on the counter and let them come to room temperature.
  8. Cut into pieces and try your best to share them with someone else!


3 comments… add one
  • Christina August 26, 2014, 4:49 pm

    I love these granola bars and so does my daughter. We have fun making them together. Thanks for sharing it!

    • Bonnie | ProvenNutritionForKids September 2, 2014, 6:11 am

      Wonderful! Thanks for your feedback, Christina!

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