These healthy granola bars are an easy no bake recipe that can be customized with your favorite add-ins. They take only about 10 minutes to make and are a delicious snack. The recipe is easy enough that you can also make it with kids.
Back-to-school may be looking a little different this year, but snacks are still needed. Granola bars are a go-to snack in my house, so I love making my own whenever possible. What I love about these is that they are super easy to make, don’t require baking and can be customized with various dried fruits, nuts, chocolate, or whatever you prefer in your granola bars.
- Almond butter (or peanut butter)
- Rolled oats (or quick oats)
- Mini chocolate chips (or other mix-ins of your choice)
For the full recipe and ingredient quantities, please see the recipe card at the end of the post.
Natural almond butter or peanut butter
Make sure to use natural nut butter, the kind that is drippy and needs to be stirred. Nut butters processed with hydrogenated oils are too thick and you won’t be able to mix in the oats and mix-ins.
Rolled Oats Versus Quick Oats
This recipe works best with rolled oats because the bars hold together better. However, if you don’t like the taste of rolled oats in no bake recipes (where the oats are not completely softened), you can make this recipe with quick oats. The quick oats will soften when coated in the nut butter mixture. But the granola bars won’t hold together as well. You will still be able to cut them, but once they soften they will break apart more than the version with rolled oats.
I added mini chocolate chips for these. Other ideas include:
- shredded coconut
- chopped nuts like almonds, peanuts, cashews
- dried fruit like cranberries, blueberries, cherries
The bars are best stored in the fridge or freezer. While they can sit at room temperature, they tend to get a little too soft and break easily. I like storing them in the freezer and then letting them sit at room temperature for a few minutes before eating.
More Easy Healthy Snacks
4 Ingredient No Bake Healthy Granola Bars
- 1 cup creamy unsweetened natural almond butter or peanut butter
- 1/3 cup honey
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips or other mix-ins like dried fruit or nuts
- Line the bottom of an 8 inch by 8 inch (can also use a 9 x 9) baking pan with parchment paper.
- Add almond butter and honey into a large bowl. Stir until the two ingredients are evenly mixed together.
- Add in rolled oats. Stir until evenly combined and all oats are coated in almond butter mixture. Add in chocolate chips and stir until evenly combined.
- Spread evenly into prepared pan. Place a sheet of parchment paper over the surface and press down to compact the granola. Place something on top of the bars to apply light pressure (I used another 8 x 8 pan). Place bars into freezer to set (at least 1 hour). Cut into bars with a sharp knife. Let bars soften a few minutes at room temperature before eating. Store uneaten bars in fridge or freezer.
- You should add in at least 1/2 cup of mix-ins but no more than 1 cup of mix-ins.
- If you're looking for a nut-free alternative, you can try making a paste with dates. Check out my energy bars recipe to learn more.
- If you prefer sweeter bars, you can add a few more tablespoons of honey. I recommend making the recipe as is, and after you've combined all the ingredients, you can taste and stir in more honey if needed.
- Make sure to use creamy natural nut butter, the kind that is drippy and needs to be stirred. If you use regular nut butter, you will need to melt it first as it will be too thick to stir in your oats.
- The bars hold together better with rolled oats. However, if you don't like eating oats that haven't been softened, you can use quick oats. Quick oats will become soft when soaked in the nut butter mixture. The tradeoff is that the quick oat bars don't hold together as well.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.