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5 Minute No Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars

These 5 minute no bake peanut butter granola bars are not only delicious and nutritious, but they are also vegan, and, if you use gluten free certified oats and brown rice cereal, gluten free!

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By far my most popular recipe ever posted on the blog, these bars are perfect for something healthy to grab while on the go — whether it be at work, school, or the great outdoors. See the end of this post for some fun (and cost saving) recipe modification ideas!

no bake granola bars



5 Minute No Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars

(makes about 12 bars)

Ingredients:

Dry (use scant measurements):

  • 1 & 3/4 C rolled oats
  • 1 C crisp puffed brown rice cereal
  • 1/4 C pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 C sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 C chia seeds OR 1/8 C finely ground flaxseed (both optional)
  • 1/4 C unsweetened coconut (optional)

Wet (use generous measurements):

  • 1/2 C brown rice syrup
  • 1/3 C creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)

Instructions:

1) Add all the dry ingredients to a large bowl. Mix them together.

2) In a separate (microwave safe) bowl, mix together the wet ingredients, then microwave them for about 20 to 30 seconds. This will make it easier to mix and add to the dry ingredients since it’s really sticky!

3) Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix! Keep mixing until the wet binding ingredients are as well distributed as possible. Put some muscle into it! ;)

4) Put the mixture into a shallow pan and flatten it down. Place pan in fridge to let the bars chill/set. 

5) After about 30 minutes in the fridge (or you can wait until the next day – whatever works), cut them into bars, then wrap them up in foil and store back in the fridge (or in the freezer!) for easy grabbing and go-ing! These bars make great gifts, too. :)

no bake granola bars

Nutritional stats (when cut into 12 bars and including all optional ingredients): 190 calories, 25g carbs, 4.5g fiber, 9g sugar, 6g protein. 

Notes/modifications/cost saving ideas: 

  • Any kind of puffed cereal (brown rice, millet, etc.) will do — but my favorite is the Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice Cereal — it adds a nice crunch!
  • Instead of peanut butter, try using another kind of nut butter. I also love this recipe with almond butter!
  • The flaxseeds/chia seeds are tasty and nutritious (great healthy fat!), but unnecessary to the success of the bars – you can leave them out to save money. The vanilla extract and coconut are also tasty but can be left out with no problems.
  • Roasted and salted pumpkin and sunflower seeds taste the best because of the salty/sweet contrast with the brown rice syrup.
  • Dried fruit — cranberries, raisins, apricots, goji berries, etc. — is another tasty addition.

I hope you love this recipe as much as my husband and I do!

Want more similar recipes? Check this out: 10 Healthy On the Go Snack Recipes

Comments

  1. 3

    Just wanted to let you know I made these today! SO good and easy!! I’m definitely going to make them a staple (especially since I now own a giant tub of brown rice syrup! :) )


    Hooray!! I’m glad you liked them! :) I’ll have to come up with more brown rice syrup recipes for you, lol. -A

  2. 4

    Do you have a certain puffed cereal you recommend? I’ve needed this in other recipes but was never sure which kind to buy.

    ~Christie


    Hey! Check out the original post (http://www.fannetasticfood.com/2010/02/22/finally-granola-bar-success/) for a picture of the exact brand I used :) -Anne

  3. 5

    Soooo making these :)

  4. 6

    where do you get brown rice syrup???

  5. 7

    i dont have that…maybe I will try honey?


    I’d recommend trying to find brown rice syrup… I think honey would really change the taste! You can get the syrup at any healthy food store like Whole Foods, Trader Joes, etc. -Anne

  6. 9

    They look fantastic. I don’t have brown rice syrup – but I do have agave nectar and maple syrup…wonder if either of those would work?


    I’m really not sure… it might make them too sweet or liquid-y? The brown rice syrup is a bit stickier. Give it a try and let me know how it goes :) -Anne

  7. 10

    I made these with honey this morning, and the taste was GREAT (at least, the crumbles left in the bowl were….haven’t had a bar yet). They were a bit crumbley but I’m hoping the fridge binds them up, like you described.


    Hooray! The fridge should bind them right up, but if they are still a little crumbly, next time you can try leaving out the flax – that will help! -Anne

  8. 11

    I must have the absolute worst luck with granola bars. I tried Mae’s recipe a few weeks ago. Failed miserably. Just tried this one and failed yet again.

    I don’t know what I’m doing wrong either. When everything with super crumbly and not holding together, I added my liquids.


    That’s really weird! I’m sorry :( You followed the recipe exactly and mixed it really well? And then put them in the fridge to set? The key is MIXING – spread out the liquids! -Anne

    • 12

      Ashley,
      The key for me is really packing them into the pan. I put wax paper on top and press down firmly. This is mentioned in the original post and makes all the difference! There is certainly enough stickiness with the pb & brown rice syrup. I do make this recipe without the coconut or vanilla extract. You can also put some in a snack size ziploc and squeeze into a slender bar shape for easy and tidy snacking on the go. Give it another try!

  9. 13

    Thanks so much for the amazing recipe! I made these this morning and could only wait a couple hours before doing a taste test! I’m wondering what their shelf life is like though? If they start to deteriorate after a few days then I’ll have to encourage my husband to get in on the fun! Otherwise these babies are all mine… : )


    Hooray! I’m so glad you liked them :) Well, I’d recommend storing them in the fridge so they last longer. If you pack them in something airtight you should have a week or two. You can also freeze some to save for later! -Anne

  10. 14

    Hi !
    I really want to try your recipe, but i am facing a problem right now … no idea what is the “C” meaning (recipe abreviation) ? I should add I am french :).
    Thank you !
    xx

  11. 16

    looks delicious! i’ll have to make these for sure :)

  12. 17

    Oh I made some granola bars a few weeks ago that were delicious but crumbly – the fridge tip is great – had no idea about that.

    Will make these soon – I’m imaging they won’t make it to the freezer though. :)

  13. 18

    Hi! I just actually tried making a granola bar recipe, similar to this one, but without the brown rice syrup and honey instead. Sadly, they didn’t stick together at all when left out of the freezer. I came back to the computer and actually just stumbled upon this recipe! I was looking for a bar that I could keep in my purse throughout the day, would you say using the brown rice syrup make that work and allow them to stick together? Thanks!

  14. 21

    Mmmmmmmmm…anything PB is good in my book. I hope to make these soon! :-D

  15. 22

    Hi Anne! Great blog, thanks fro sharing. Question, do you know the total nutritional value for these? Protein, carbs, sugar, etc.? Thanks! :)

    • 23

      Thanks! :) I don’t have the nutritional info for these yet but it’s on my list of things to do in the next couple weeks! Stay tuned…

      • 24

        Thanks! I am so happy to have stumbled upon your site and psyched to try your recipes. :) Thanks for sharing.

  16. 25

    This recipe is exactly what I was looking for! I can’t wait to try them!

  17. 26

    I love these. I made them for the first time last week and fell in love. Made another batch today. I did calculate the nutritional value on Sparkpeople as I’m closely counting calories and carbs. However my calculation is minus chia and flax because I didn’t have any one hand. Here is how it broke down for 12 servings
    140 Calories
    8 fat
    17 carbs
    3 fiber
    3 sugar
    4 protien

  18. 28

    Anne,

    My boyfriend and I are training for our first triathlons and I’ve been looking for a tasty yet healthy snack to have available post-workouts. I made these last night and LOVED them. They were so simple to make and cost barely anything. I’ll definitely be holding on to this recipe.

    Thanks for the idea!!

  19. 34

    These look amazing and like they might just be what I’ve been looking for. I make “breakfast cookies”, full of whole wheat flour, bran, flax, dried fruit, etc.; but they require time, which is sometimes at a premium. Can’t wait to try these five minute beauties.
    Thanks!

  20. 35

    Loved the outcome, only thing is that they didnt stick together well. They fall apart when you eat them, any suggestions from anyone?

    • 36

      Did you refrigerate them? That is what gets them to stick!

      • 37

        Hi Anne – I did and that seemed to work but they are still a bit crumbly, I’ll try and tweek the recipe was thinking sub Organic Agave Syrup for the Rice Syrup and perhaps adding protein powder…….appreciate the reply!

  21. 38

    Hi! The bars look awesome! Not to be too nit picky but I wanted to mention that you might want to stop calling these bars “raw”, since they have rolled oats and puffed cereal. Maybe “no-bake bars” or something is more appropriate.

  22. 40

    Hi Anne,
    Have you ever tried making these with any other nut butters? My daughter has a peanut allergy …would almond butter work just as well or soy nut butter?
    thanks,
    Bobbie

  23. 42

    These are so amazing! My boyfriend ate half the pan in one sitting! perfect amount of flavor and sweetness!

  24. 43

    WOW, these are incredible! i have to force myself away from the pan as i could easily munch on these all night. thank you!

  25. 44

    WOW! These are yummy! So easy too!

  26. 45

    Anne these are awesome! I’ve been in a baked goods withdrawal ever since we discovered our oven was a dud (i.e. Either 0 Degrees or 500 degrees and nothing in between). These were super easy and I loved that no oven was required :)

  27. 46

    These are so good! I made my first batch yesterday. Sadly, there is only one bar left (and that’s if the bf didn’t take it this morning). :(

    So, so, sooooo goood! They came out perfect!

  28. 47
    Jennifer Magee says:

    My 14-year old son (picky eater) saw me getting ingredients out last night to make a batch and decided he wanted to make them himself. He loved them and I loved the recipe was easy and fun for us to do together.

  29. 49

    I made these last week – used corn syrup and also added some stevia for sweetness. Very good! Thanks for the recipe!

  30. 50

    Before tonight, I’d never made bars before – this was the perfect recipe for a first-timer! So easy and fast. And delicious! I didn’t have puffed rice cereal so they are softer/chewier than they probably should be, but still great. Other substitutes: Agave nectar instead of brown rice syrup, no coconut (not a fan), and added 1 tsp cinnamon. Worked out lovely. Thanks for sharing Anne!

  31. 51

    I’m a brand new vegetarian; what is brown rice syrup? :( Sorry, I just don’t know, but would LOVE to try these; they look scrumptious!!

    • 52

      It’s just a liquid sweetener, like honey or maple syrup. It’s super sticky and holds the bars together! Google it for more info on its nutritional stats, etc :)

  32. 53

    I am making these right now (they are in the fridge). But I was thinking that if they don’t hold together since I am using honey, I could always bake it in the oven to make granola. Have you tried this before? I thought about it since I recently made my own granola using a Hungry Girl recipe.

    • 54

      I hope they worked! I’ve heard from others that honey doesn’t usually, though – not as sticky as brown rice syrup. I haven’t tried baking them but I bet it would work well! Let me know how it turns out :)

      • 55

        Yeah so the honey didn’t keep it sticking together good enough after being in the fridge for a few hours. So I crumbled it all up and baked it in the oven for granola. It turned out pretty good. I believe I did for 30-35 mins at 250 degrees

  33. 56

    These are the BEST
    I’m never ever buying granola bars again, these are
    so easy and soooo yum
    even my ‘hippi-crap’ hating family loves them =)

  34. 58

    Can’t wait to make these. Can you tell me how many fat grams per serving? I follow Weight Watchers and am trying to calculate the points value. Thanks much.

    • 59

      I’m sorry – whoever calculated the nutritional stats for me didn’t include it. I’d recommend using sparkrecipes.com to calculate it – if you do let me know and I’ll add the info to the post!

  35. 60

    Just found your blog and this GREAT recipe! I have been looking and have experimented with a few and at last I am happy! The brown rice syrup was easy to find and worked out well! Only problem is I have eaten too many! Thank you!

  36. 61

    Thanks for posting the nutritional information for these bars. However the fat content is missing – would you be able to supply that as well? Thanks so much – looking forward to trying these.

  37. 63

    These look fantastic!! I am a new to your blog, Anne, and am really enjoying reading all your great recipes and fun topics! (found your blog thru Daily Garnish)
    One question – I am not a big peanut butter fan (stomach doesnt seem to agree with it), any ideas on what I could sub in for pb in this recipe?? thanks so much!!

    • 64

      Hey Marie, welcome to the blog! You can use any type of other nut butter – I’ve tried almond butter in this recipe before and it worked well!

  38. 65

    LOVE this recipe….I tried it with puffed quinoa instead of the rice cereal – Super YUMMY!!! Thanks for sharing :)

  39. 66

    Anne – I am a friend of Gretchen (honeyishrunkthegretchen.com) and found your blog through her blog journey. Just wanted to let you know I saved your blog months ago and have been reading almost daily for new recipes, fun exercise tips/cooking tips! Your blog is great!

    Also – I’m currently living in Kazakhstan teaching English and as SOON as I saw this recipe I KNEW I had to try it. I’m definitely a peanut butter addict. The sad thing was, there was no way to find 2 of the main ingredients. Here’s how desperate I was to try this thing: my mom sends packages every once in awhile and when I heard she was sending a new one, I made some special requests: brown rice cereal and brown rice syrup! I made them yesterday and thought to myself: this better have been worth it (sending packages is expensive and it’s hard to choose exactly what I want from the US each time)! JUST ate my first bar this morning and SOOOO worth the wait! I am LOVING them! I’m a runner too, so I just ate this as a little snack before I take off.

    THANKS for the recipe! My only other problem was not being able to find finely ground flax, just seeds. I had no way to ground them, so just put them in whole. The bar still tasted great, but I’m curious how the taste would change if they were ground. Anyway – overall A+ recipe and I’ll definitely be making more for the remainder of my time!

    Other recipes I’ve tried and loved: Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal, Whole Wheat Carrot Cake Muffins (I had the whole wheat flour problem you described, but can’t find pastry flour here), Chicken Veggie Pasta (one of my absolute favorites!).

    Keep the recipes coming! :)

    • 67

      Hey Kristen! I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying the blog! :) That’s awesome that you’re in Kazakhstan teaching right now – must be quite the experience! I’m SO glad that the granola bars were worth the wait/shipping! :) That’s so cool that my bars have made it around the world, heh. Regarding the lack of whole wheat pastry flour, try using half regular whole wheat flour and half white flour – that will come out a little closer to the texture that using all whole wheat pastry flour gives :) Let me know how it works!

  40. 68

    Hi Anne,
    Do you think baking these at all would help them stick?

    • 69

      Hi Emily! There shouldn’t be any problems with them sticking together… did you follow the recipe exactly? I guess you could try baking them, though! Let me know how it goes!

  41. 70

    Made these today with some added sea salt and dark chocolate. Delicious!

  42. 71

    Just made these and they are awesome! I definitely helped myself to a little before cutting the mixture into bars and storing in the fridge :)

    Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  43. 72

    Just tried these today and love them! Hubby had doubts but he quickly changed his mind when he tasted the end result. Thanks for this great recipe, and I enjoy your blog very much. :)

  44. 74

    I made a variation of these over the weekend with sunflower seed butter & a few different seeds/nuts. They.are.AWESOME. Super yummy. Great job! & thanks for the recipe. :)

  45. 75

    I work in a nut-free school. Any ideas on how to modify this recipe?

    Thanks :)

  46. 77

    Tasty, easy, healthy. I tried this recipe and it’s all great.

  47. 78

    I finally made these after seeing them a while ago, and i CAN’T get enough of them! I followed your recipe, except that I added a TB of coconut butter (I love coconut). I microwaved the wet ingredients till they were really runny (helped a lot) – and I used some chunky almond butter that I had bought by accident and had been trying to use up. They came out perfectly! The next batch will be an experiment into how much coconut and coconut butter I can add to them :) Thanks for this recipe!!

  48. 80

    These are YUM. I used my own homemade peanut butter, which also has flaxseed oil. I can’t get enough flax in my life!
    http://messnkitchn.blogspot.com/2013/03/honey-flax-peanut-butter-vegan-gluten.html

  49. 82

    YUM YUM YUM!!! thankyou so much for this recipe its exactly what i need to get me through my 40 day hot yoga challenge!!

  50. 84

    This recipe looks awesome. But when I was searching for where to purchase brown rice syrup because I haven’t been able to find it in stores, I came upon this article: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Diet/arsenic-organics-rice/story?id=15642428#.UXqzzb_LUUU

    • 85

      Yeah, I’ve been hearing more about the aresenic in rice thing lately – honestly, as long as you’re having rice/rice syrup in small quantities, I wouldn’t worry. Seems like everything is going to kill us nowadays…

  51. 86
    Whitney says:

    I just put a batch of these in the fridge to tighten up. I made as written, with the addition of 1/4 tsp cinnamon extract. If the leftovers from the bowl are any indication, these are going to be perfect for the hub’s and I’s hike in/around the Grand Canyon this weekend! Thanks!!

  52. 88

    Would blackstrap molasses work?

  53. 91
    Danielle major says:

    Your bars are the best, i have added and subtracted ingredients to make them rock. Every body i give them to love them. Thanks for the great recipe! DO you know where i can find brown rice syrup in bulk? they taste really good if you leave out the puffed rice cereal and just use oats!

  54. 93

    just made these with puffed quinoa instead of the brown rice cereal (they had the quinoa in bulk) and i included the chia seeds and vanilla extract. so good! the coconut was so good in it… i may try adding in some sesame seeds next batch.

    oh, and make sure you have damp fingers when trying to flatten them out!

  55. 95

    I made these last night. I added a tsp. of cinnamon to the recipe. I used 1/2 C of Brown Rice Syrup. It was not too sweet for me. I did use unsweetened brown rice cereal so maybe that’s why. It definitely took me longer than 5 minutes. lots of ingredients, measuring cups, measuring spoons and bowls. It was really difficult to mix the ingredients, I may add the dry ingredients to wet next time and stir a little in at a time, that was the most difficult part. I put them in an 11 x 7 glass baking dish sprayed with coconut oil and put them in the fridge overnight. I cut them into bars this morning and wrapped them individually. The leftover crumbs I will use in my oatmeal. I will definitely make these again. I loved the flavor and they are a perfect snack for me.

  56. 96

    I live in Brussels and our health food shops are very very limited. Could you suggest an alternative to Brown rice sugar? Will agave or mapple syrup do – what will the impact be on the overall calories?

    Thanks

    • 97

      Unfortunately agave or maple syrup will be too runny and the bars won’t stick… maybe try ordering the brown rice syrup online? I’m sorry!

  57. 98

    My husband said that these were the best granola bars that he has ever had! Thanks for sharing the recipe

  58. 100

    Okay so it’s in the fridge right now, can’t wait to taste it!

    I’ve replaced many things since I didn’t have all the ingredients… I used rolled oats, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, a breakfast mix (nuts, cranberries, granola, yogurt-covered raisins….), corn syrup, peanut butter, vanilla & almond extract and rice crispies. Crossing my fingers!

  59. 101
    Anna Lamarche says:

    My new favourite snack! Already I’m regretting putting in the chia seeds. I’m picking them out of my teeth for an hour afterwards. Still, I love the taste overall. For my second batch I tried raisins and currants. Dried cranberries would be good too but I don’t want to corrupt the taste of your recipe too much. It’s pretty much perfect as it is. Has anyone tried a bit of coconut oil to help bind them a bit? I’m thinking its solid at room temperature and has a nice flavour so I might try a spoonful next time.

    Thanks for the GREAT recipe. I found it on Facebook. It was posted by a friend.

  60. 103

    Researching no bake granola bars and I’m so glad I found this old post! Great ideas, I like the idea of brown rice syrup!

  61. 104
    Amanda Herman says:

    Thank you for these! I love no-bake granola bars and came across your recipe trying to find a quick snack for my 5 kids. These are soooo yummy! Can’t wait for my hubby to try them! :)

  62. 106

    Can’t wait to try them. What if you do not have a microwave? Sorry if someone asked that as I am on my mobile device.

    Thanks!

    • 107

      You can either heat the PB/brown rice syrup mixture on low heat on the stove, or you can just add it in without warming it first – it will just require a little more muscle to stir it all up evenly!

  63. 108

    HOLY YUM!!! Came across you on pinterest and just made these. They are the best EVER! I used sun butter and chocolate chips (instead of pumpkin seeds) and chia seeds instead of flax. OMG…so good. Thanks!!

  64. 110

    Oh, those look amazing! I have to watch my sugar intake… Will the brown rice syrup still be ok?

  65. 111
    Wayne Helpard says:

    I made these and modified it slightly, used Rogers Ancient Grains porridge for oatmeal, used sweetened coconut, and crunchy peanut butter.

    Doubled the recipe and booom…

    Absolutely fantastic recipe, they are delicious!!

  66. 112
    Shawnte says:

    Hi

    I made these and added extra Peanut Butter and honey and they came out great!! Thank you for this post! Your pictures are beautiful. Happy to stumble upon your blog! : ) Happy Cooking!

  67. 113

    What size pan do you use?

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