Our homemade no-bake granola bars are an excellent option for an on-the-go snack or quick breakfast for busy families. Simple and delicious, these sweet bars consist of quick oats, Rice Krispies, honey and creamy peanut butter. As an incredibly versatile snack, homemade no-bake granola bars can include a multitude of delicious add-in options. Our featured version of the no-bake granola bar is for those with a serious sweet tooth! Brimming with chocolate and peanut butter chips and bright, colorful mini M&M's, these delectable bars will surely delight many!

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups quick oats
  • 2 cups Rice Krispie cereal
  • 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cups honey
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tubes mini M&M's, divided
  • 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips

Directions

  1. Lightly grease a deep-sided baking sheet with cooking spray or butter.

  2. In a large bowl, toss together quick oats and Rice Krispie cereal.

  3. In a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl, add creamy peanut butter and honey. Microwave at 30 second-intervals until melted, about 2 minutes. Add the vanilla. Using a wooden spoon, stir until well blended.

  4. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the quick oats and Rice Krispies. Using your wooden spoon, begin to blend the mixtures. You may need to use your hands to incorporate all of the ingredients, fully, as the mixture will become sticky.

  5. Add two tubes of the mini M&Ms, mini chocolate chips, and peanut butter chips to the granola. You may need to use your hands to mix.

  6. Transfer the granola to the prepared baking sheet. Using your hands, press the granola mixture onto the baking sheet. Spread the granola evenly throughout the bottom of the pan. Next, top the granola with the last tube of mini M&Ms for pops of color. Gently press the M&Ms in with your fingers, making sure they stick.

  7. Place the sheet of granola in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours to harden. Once the granola is set, use a pastry scraper or knife to slice into bars. Enjoy!

Supplies

  • deep-sided baking sheet
  • cooking spray or butter
  • large bowl
  • microwave-safe medium bowl
  • wooden spoon
  • pastry scraper or knife

Tasty Add-Ins

nuts, seeds and dried fruits

Brightly colored chocolate gems may be enticing in granola bars, especially for the little ones; however, there are many other tasty options. Simply swap out add-ins for what you'd prefer and live life to your tastes! Here are a few flavor combinations to get you started:

  • pecans, dried cranberries, and semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • almonds, dried blueberries, and shredded coconut
  • dried cranberries, shredded coconut, and white chocolate chips
  • oatmeal raisin
  • dried strawberry and semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • pistachios and semi-sweet chocolate chips

No matter how you decide to prepare this simple, delicious snack, homemade no-bake granola bars are guaranteed to be a smash hit with your family!

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