No Bake (and Easily Customizable) Granola Bars

On Sunday afternoon, about an hour before we were about to leave to attend a friend’s Super Bowl party, I decided to quickly throw something together for Monday morning’s breakfast since I figured we’d be out late and I wouldn’t be in the mood to make anything that took much effort the following morning.

Typically I would prep a batch of overnight oats, but I wasn’t in the mood for them at all and decided to use the oatmeal we had on hand another way.

The end result was a batch of no-bake granola bars!

No Bake (and Easily Customizable) Granola Bars

I began with my go-to granola ingredients that have served me well in countless batches of almond butter granola and peanut butter granola.

Granola Ingredients (2)

Nut butter + Oats + Honey

After microwaving the almond butter and honey in a microwave safe bowl, I stirred in the oats, ground flaxseed and a few mix-ins.

Healthy Granola Bar Ingredients

My add-ins of choice: Unsweetened shredded coconut, dried goji berries and chopped pecans.

Homemade No Bake Granola Bars

Can you see how this recipe would be so easy to customize to your liking? Choose your favorite nut butter (I won’t judge you if you opt for Nutella, Biscoff or another kind of cookie butter) and then grab your favorite dried fruit, chocolate chips, chopped nuts, crushed pretzels or anything else that sounds like it would taste delicious in a granola bar.

I then transferred everything into a pan sprayed with cooking spray (just to help with easy removal) and pressed the oatmeal mixture down into the pan so everything stuck together. Then the pan went into the freezer for about 45 minutes before I cut the mixture up into granola bars.

No Bake Homemade Granola Bars

I was shocked at just how delicious these bars tasted and enjoyed one for breakfast as well as an afternoon snack yesterday. I’m excited to play around with different combinations (I think a s’mores bar with mini marshmallows, chocolate chips and crushed graham crackers would be fabulous) and know this is a recipe that will resurface in our house many times in the future.

No Bake Customizable Granola Bar Recipe

No Bake Granola Bars

Makes six granola bars (or nine small bars)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup nut butter (I used almond butter)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (I used pecans)
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit (I used goji berries)

Directions

  1. Microwave nut butter and honey until warm, approximately 30 seconds. Stir together.
  2. Stir oatmeal into the nut butter and honey.
  3. Add coconut, dried fruit and chopped nuts. Stir in the ground flaxseed.
  4. Press the mixture into a pan sprayed with cooking spray and freeze for 45 minutes.
  5. Cut into bars and enjoy. Store remaining bars in the refrigerator.

No-Bake Granola Bar

If you decide to give these granola bars a try, I hope you think they’re as delicious as I do!

Comments

  1. says

    These sound so yummy! I would much rather make my own granola bars then spend a bunch of money on the processed ones at the store, at Luna bars haven’t made it to Iceland yet anyways so this recipe will be perfect!

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  2. says

    Homemade granola bars are the best! I love that you can customize them as well. I made granola bars not too long ago that are very similar to these. I included dried apricots, chia/hemp seeds, prunes, and sunflower seeds in them, and they are delicious!

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  3. Wren says

    I’ve been making a recipe very similar to these, except I roll them into balls and call them “energy bites!” My favorite additions are coconut, pecans and dark chocolate chips.

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    • says

      The ground flaxseed works almost like a flour so if you remove that they might be a little sticky. You could always increase the amount of oats- that might help!

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  4. says

    I love how easy this recipe is! My husband is a HUGE granola bar fan, but the nicer ones (aka the ones without all the crap ingredients) can definitely get pricey. This would be a great way to get in his granola bar fix without going broke. Plus, like you said, so many customization options! Thanks Julie!

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  5. says

    Ironic I just did a similar mixture with my old Justin’s hazlenut chocolate spread, oats, and flax with a little Hershey special dark cocoa and ideal sweetener. The honey might give it a more useable consistency! It was good either way though! I want to try your combo also though!

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  6. says

    wow, I never thought to just stick to nut butter, honey, and oats as a basic recipe for granola bars. I guess sometimes the simple things work best. I can’t wait to try this out, I love how easy it is to readjust the size of the recipe too.

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  7. says

    I can’t wait to try these bars! They’re perfect for me to make at home and bring back to my dorm for a healthy snack!

    I’ve been following your blog for a couple years now and decided to start my very own blog today!
    Thanks for being my motivation Julie!!

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  8. Jessica Corbin says

    I cannot wait to try this!! I think I will try Peanut Butter Chocolate Dreams also to see how that would taste! I will use coconut always!! Great idea!

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  9. says

    Wow these look SO delicious and I am happy to see you added goji berries, I am always looking for more ways to add in superfoods into my daily diet. I am for sure making these for my next bootcamp as post workout snack for all my attendees! Thank you for the amazing idea <3 Have an amazing rest of your week Lots of Love C

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  10. Brandy says

    Love this! I just made a variation of these earlier this week. I went with dried cherries, walnuts and a few choc chips! The ingredients are much better than premade bars!

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  11. bmrobertson63@yahoo.com says

    I made these with my 3 year old during a snow day yesterday! S’mores – mini marshmallows, mini chocolate chips, and crushed graham crackers. Not the healthiest, but so tasty! I especially loved that it was a simple enough recipe that my little one could totally help me measure, mix, and form into bars. Up next is a healthier version with dried blueberries, almonds, and a little vanilla protein powder in the mix. Thanks!

    Oh! I have to tell you that your pumpkin spice puppy chow mix has now become my go-to recipes for parties. Thanks so much for sharing all these awesome recipes with your readers!

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  12. Leigh Anne says

    These granola bars are SIMPLY amazing!!! My kids and hubs love them, too! No more store bought granola bars for this family! 🙂 Thanks!!!

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  13. Laura says

    I was so excited by this recipe! But I made them and they didn’t harden 🙁 I didn’t have any flax — would that make a big difference?

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  14. Linda says

    by any chance do you know the nutritional break down of these. I use weight watchers and wanted to know. They were very good! thanks

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  15. kennedy says

    hi, i’ve tried this recipe but my bars are coming out crumbly. do you have any suggestions on how to make them stay together? i thought the peanut butter and honey would be enough to bind them. thanks x

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  16. says

    I made this recipe last night and it came out amazing! Can’t wait to play around with it and add different ingredients. I credited you on my first blog post today! Thanks for the delicious idea!

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