Finally… Granola Bar Success!!

This post has been updated – please see Easy No Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars for the updated recipe with updated photos!

I’ve been trying to come up with a perfect homemade granola bars recipe since the fall, and I think I’ve finally done it!! While my previous attempts tasted amazing, they basically fell apart, which made them a little messy to eat and not blog worthy ;) (The only bar recipe that’s made it onto the blog so far was my Cranberry Quinoa Peanut Butter Power Bars, which are awesome but involve baking, and I wanted a no-bake version!)

So finally, I would like to debut:

Five Minute Peanut Butter Granola Bars!


The key ingredient that I’d been missing? Crisp puffed brown rice cereal. This gives the bars better sticking power AND gives them a nice crunch :)


And yes, these literally took me five minutes to throw together.

Five Minute Peanut Butter Granola Bars

(makes about 10 to 12 bars)



  • 1 & 3/4 C rolled oats
  • 1 C crisp puffed brown rice cereal
  • 3/4 C seeds (I used 1/4 C each of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and chia seeds)
  • 1/4 C unsweetened coconut
  • 1/8 C finely ground flaxseed


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


031 Instructions:

Add all the dry ingredients to a large bowl.


Mix them together.035

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!


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! ;)


Then, put the mixture into a shallow pan and flatten it down. Done and done!


Cut them into about 10 to 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! I did the latter.


Mmm… I wanted to eat them all immediately ;)








Enjoy!! These are not only delicious, but they pack a serious nutritional punch :) Let me know if you try them! I’m excited to have them to bring to class and work for snacks this week.

I’m off to work and then tonight as I mentioned we have our first Nutrition exam! I spent a solid 4 hours yesterday studying and then brought my flash cards with me to the gym this morning, so I’m feeling prepared :) I now know exactly what’s going on in my body as I eat my breakfast! Cool stuff. The human body is seriously amazing.

Have a great day! :)


  1. 1

    Those look awesome, thanks for sharing!

    Good luck on your exam :)

  2. 2

    I have never made my own bars before but in light of how much I spend on Cliff Bars I really should!! Thanks for the recipe :)

  3. 3

    Those look perfect!! I will definitely be trying them. I have always been looking for the perfect granola bar recipe, too!

  4. 4

    Those look delicious! I wonder what could be substituted to make a gluten free variety (without using GF oats)…

    Good question! I’m not very knowledgeable about gluten free products… please let us know if you come up with anything! -Anne

  5. 5

    This looks so easy and delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  6. 6

    Looks great! I’ve never made my own granola bar before… I’m dying to try though :)

  7. 7

    Mmmm, can’t wait to try them! …just need to find rice syrup… Good luck on your exam!

    I bought it at Whole Foods! I bet regular grocery stores might have it too, but I haven’t looked! -Anne

  8. 8

    Hmm I just might have to try these. Any idea what the calorie count would be? I’m more focused on that right now, especially for snacks.

    I’m not sure… I’d guess around 250 or so per bar but I really have no idea.. I’m sorry! If you enter the ingredients into an online calculation thingy to find out, please let me know! I would but I just don’t have time :( -Anne

  9. 9

    The granola bars looks great, and so easy! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Good luck on your exam today!!

  10. 10

    They look so good! I wonder if I can find some brown rice syrup in Aus?

  11. 11

    wow! these look soooo good! i definitely will have to try them! the recipe sounds so easy! thanks for sharing!!! :)

  12. 12

    Those look great!! I love the ingredient list. Not only is everything super nutritious, but the list itself is quite short and nothing is out of the ordinary; I can actually see myself making these. I can also see myself crumbling one of those babies atop some oatmeal or yogurt. Yum!

    Yes, brevity is key with recipes for me!! If I see a recipe that has a billion ingredients, even if it sounds good, I’m usually way too lazy to make it ;) Good call on the crumbling over yogurt – I’ll be trying that tomorrow! :) -Anne

  13. 13

    Yum.. those sound so good!! I have yet to make homemade bars.. why have I waited so long?! For this fabulous recipe of course haha seriously, I will have to try these!

    Haha, exactly ;) -Anne

  14. 14

    Those are such a good idea, I like the idea of a no-bake granola bar. I hope your exam went well!

  15. 15

    Mmmmm! I just made Averie’s no bake pb bars and they were so easy and tasty. I’ll have to try yours next.
    Hope the exam went well:)

  16. 16

    Those are all seeds, silly…not nuts. Good luck with your exam!

    Haha yeah I meant to show you could use nuts or seeds…. but apparently I just used seeds. Haha. :) -Annebut

  17. 17

    I’m so trying those granola bars. I hope the exam goes well. Way to tackle the snow and ice. That is great cardio! Hope you enjoyed Shutter Island too.

  18. 18

    Anne these look amazing! So quick and easy. I’m going to try them this week, thanks for the recipe!

  19. 19

    Thanks for the recipe – can’t wait to give it the ole’ college try! Hope the exam went well!

  20. 20

    Wow these look great! (and easy to make, too!)

    I only have sweetened coconut, do you think that would still work? Otherwise I think I have all that stuff! lol

    Sure that would definitely work! It’ll just make ’em a bit sweeter :) -Anne

  21. 21

    these look great! any substitutions for brown rice syrup?

    Not as far as I know… I’ve tried it with other stuff but this works best! They’re the main thing that make them stick together. -Anne

  22. 22

    I made these at the beginning of the week! But, I added chocolate chips and cherries, too. DELICIOUS! What a great, easy treat. It is hard to not each the entire batch in one sitting.

  23. 23

    Oh my gosh. Totally excited I found this!!! Thanks for your great ideas.

  24. 24

    Seriously love these.

    First batch I made I hadn’t found and brown rice syrup, so I subed the 1/2 cup of that for 1/4cup honey and 1/4cup maple syrup.
    That was good for sure.
    I’ve gotten my second batch under my belt now and made with brown rice sryup *which btw is Ah-may-zing*!


  25. 25
    Kim Hoffman says

    Just tried making these for the first time today. They are delicious!! Thanks so much.

  26. 27

    Hi! I super love granola bars and im a vegetarian so all the more go go for your recipe! I’ll be trying this later n tell u how it goes! How long is the shelf life of this granola???? Super thanx!!!!

    • 28

      I hope you like them! If you want to keep the granola bars longer than a week or two, store them individually wrapped in foil in the freezer :) They’ll last a couple months!

  27. 29

    I made these today and they are SO YUMMY! I omitted the flaxseeds and added walnuts and goji berries to the mix. Thanks for the great recipe!

  28. 30

    I made these yesterday! I ♥LOVE♥ them. Thank you so much for the recipe. I do have one question. Do you know the nutritional values for the bars?

  29. 32

    I made these a few minutes ago and they are AMAZING!!! I love love love them. Thanks for the recipe. Since a lot of people are asking for the nutritional stats (and because I have time on my hands, lol), I calculated it. This information is based on 12 bars:
    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size 47 g
    Calories 189
    Total Carbohydrates 24.6g
    Dietary Fiber 4.4g
    Sugars 9.3g
    Protein 6.0g

  30. 36

    I finally got the ingredients to make the homemade granola…its delicious. I added some craisans to mine( i love them) YUMMY!!!

  31. 37

    I just saw these linked from another blog. They look great!

    I have a 5 minute vegan PM granola bar recipe too that I posted last Jan and have been making them ever since.

    Just delete this comment if the link drop isn’t cool! I totally understand :)

  32. 38

    These were great! I’m going to get my 8-yr old daughter to help me make the next batch. They’re so easy. And good for post workout munching.

  33. 39

    I came across your blog from a friend and am in love with it! You cook just the way I do. I have already made your Vegan whole wheat carrot cake muffins (wow, so impressed by the flavor!!) and I just made these granola bars. I’ve been dying to make my own granola bars but was intimidated, this recipe seemed simple enough and it was! They’re delicious and exactly what I was looking. Btw-I am having a hard time eating just one carrot cake muffin at a time! I am so interested in nutrition and would love to go back to school sometime and persue it. Goodluck, your blog will continue to inspire me!

  34. 41

    Just had my 3girls make their own batch each. They just loved making them and cant wait to try some. Do you know of another sub for peanut butter we can’t have this at school??

  35. 44

    Just made these (with 3 substitutions, because shopping in Pinehurst is rough going) and they are still delicious! :)

  36. 46

    We made some over the weekend and they were gone within a few days. My whole family loves them… Especially my 4 year old and 2 year old. Thanks for a great recipe!

  37. 48

    These look awesome! Any ideas for ways to increase the protein content? Do you think they would still come out well if I added some protein powder?

    • 49

      I’m not sure… you could try and let me know! It’d probably work fine. You might just need a little more PB/brown rice syrup so they still stick!

  38. 50

    These look incredible! I’m looking for something like this to take camping with me this weekend. Do you think I can sub in honey or agave for the brown rice syrup? I think I’m out of it!

  39. 53

    I’m newly trying a gluten-free diet, so I thought I’d make a batch of these to have some gluten-free snacks on hand. Of course the only gluten-free oats Whole Foods had were steel cut, but I’d already bought the other ingredients so thought I’d give it a shot. I ended up briefly “cooking” the oats in the syrup and (almond) butter, and though they’re very chewy and don’t hold together too well, they’re still tasty! Not necessarily a substitution I’d recommend if you have normal oats, but I thought I’d comment to let people know it works if that’s all they’ve got!
    Thanks for the recipe!

  40. 55

    Hi! I never posted here before but I found a link to this recipe from KERF. I just had to try it BUT….for a new foodie it took me three days to get the ingredients. I bought pumpkin seeds since that is what it says but you really need pepitas and the syrup was a little tuff to find as well but finally found it at Kroger. Anyhow LLLLLOOOOVVVEEE it so yummy :) Thanks!

  41. 57

    Oh wow, they look delicious!! I have some granola-bar recipes on my blog too, its really great that you can make your own in such little time and a lot healthier than bought ones!! Have a great day! Ulli

  42. 58

    These are a big hit with my family. Even my picky son loves them- and he wouldn’t eat most of the ingredients on their own. Curious whether you use salted or unsalted peanut butter.

  43. 59

    Just made and posted your bars to twitter! Batch 1 has cashew butter subbed for pb and I added pumpkin seeds, coconut, cranberries, and chia. Batch 2 has pb and coconut butter pb with chia, hemp, coconut, pumpkin seeds, and chocolate chips stirred in. Ridiculous! Thanks for a great recipe!!!!!!

  44. 60

    Made these tonight and they were super easy to make. I love the addition of peanut butter. I didn’t have brown rice syrup so I used honey. Its taking me everything not to go back into my fridge to eat more. This recipe would be easy to put in an oven on low for 40 min to make into a granola. I shared this recipe with friends.


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