5 Minute No Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars
(makes about 12 bars)
These bars are not only delicious and nutritious, but they are vegan and only take about 5 minutes to make! By far my most popular recipe ever posted on the blog, they’re 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!
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 (optional)
- 1/4 C unsweetened coconut (optional)
- 1/8 C finely ground flaxseed (optional)
Wet (use generous measurements):
- 1/2 C brown rice syrup
- 1/3 C creamy peanut butter
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)
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. Done and done!
Cut them into about 12 bars (they are probably a bit crumbly still, but don’t worry — the fridge will bind them!) and store them in the fridge. You can either just store them together in the big pan (covered with foil) or separately wrap them for easy grabbing and going!
(when cut into 12 bars)
Some fun and cost saving recipe modification ideas (inspired by a blog post from my friend Caitlin!):
- 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 flaxseed and chia seeds, while tasty and very nutritious, are not necessary ingredients. Leaving these ingredients out cuts down on the cost of the recipe considerably. The vanilla extract and coconut are also tasty but not necessary.
- 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.
Want more similar recipes? Check out a recent post of mine: 10 Healthy On the Go Snack Recipes