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No Bake Granola Bars (Nut & Raisin, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Double Chocolate) . Full of great ingredients and perfect for snack time

No Bake Granola Bars (Nut & Raisin, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Double Chocolate)

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Hi Bold Bakers!

It’s back to school time which might brighten some people’s days more than others (you know who I’m talking about). This week, I’m going to bring a little sunshine to everyone with my No-Bake Granola Bars recipe. They’re perfect for lunch boxes and snacks so you can take them to school or eat them anytime of day.

I’m showing you how to make one master granola bar recipe, and then how you can turn that recipe into multiple flavors. Did I mention they are No Bake, so anyone can make this recipe!

1. Nut & Raisin Granola Bars

A Nut & Raisin Granola Bar is normally what you buy down aisle 6 next to the cereal but no more. Homemade gives you better fuel for your family and your wallet.

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2. Peanut Butter & Jelly Granola Bars

This PB&J is the bar you want for that fix of salty and sweet. It is a double whammy of protein and carbs and the perfect pick me up during the day.

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3. Double Chocolate Granola Bars

Don’t be fooled by the Chocolate, this bar is not without its benefits. Cocoa powder can lower high blood pressure, boost cognitive performance and provide essential minerals such as calcium and potassium. I have prescribed myself one a day and I already feel better.

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These bars keep for a week after they are made. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or on the counter.

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No Bake Granola Bars (Nut & Raisin, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Double Chocolate) . Full of great ingredients and perfect for snack time
No-Bake Granola Bars (Nut & Raisin, Peanut Butter & Jelly, and Double Chocolate)
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Make my homemade No Bake Granola Bars recipe and you can make a variety of flavors including Nut Raisin, PB&J and Double Chocolate!

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Gemma Stafford
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ cups (3oz/85g) oats (quick cooking or rolled oats)
  • 1 cup (11/2oz/43g) rice crispy cereal
  • ¼ cup (2oz/ 57g) butter
  • ¼ cup (2 ½oz/71g) honey ( agave, rice or maple syrup)
  • ½ cup (3oz /85g) brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • No-Bake Raisin Nut Granola bars
  • ¼ cup (3/4oz/21g) shredded coconut
  • cup (1½oz/43g) raisins, chopped
  • cup (1½oz/43g) almonds, toasted and chopped
  • No-Bake Peanut Butter & Jelly Granola bars
  • cup (21/2oz/71g) peanut butter
  • cup (1½oz/43g) chopped peanuts
  • 6 tablespoons Jam (strawberry, grape, raspberry)
  • No-Bake Double Chocolate Granola bars
  • 1/4 cup (1oz/28g) unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 1 cup (6oz/170g) mini semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mix together the oats and cereal.
  2. In a medium microwavable bowl add in butter, honey and brown sugar. Microwave this mixture for 2 minutes. It will bubble up so make sure your bowl is big enough so it doesn’t overflow. You can also do this step in a saucepan if you don’t have a microwave.
  3. Into the caramel, whisk in the vanilla and salt.
  4. Pour the mixture over the oats and thoroughly stir using a rubber spatula. Mix the ingredients together until the oats are completely coated.
  5. Add in your desired mix-in (look below). Then press very firmly into a small tray lined with parchment. (9″x 9” or smaller). If you like your bars thicker, you can use a smaller pan. If you do not press firmly enough, the bars will fall apart when you eat them. Place them in the fridge for 2-3 hours then cut to size.
  6. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or on the counter.
    No-Bake Nut & Raisin Granola bars
  7. Stir the nuts, coconuts and raisins into the granola mix coating them well in the caramel. Press into the tray firmly so the bars hold together.
    No-Bake Peanut Butter & Jelly Granola bars

  8. Mix the peanut butter into the caramel when it comes out of the microwave. Stir the caramel and the toasted nuts into the dry ingredients. Press half of the granola bar mix into a tray.
  9. Spread on the jam and then press the reserved granola mix on top. Press into the tray firmly so the bars hold together.
    No-Bake Double Chocolate Granola bars
  10. Mix the cocoa powder into the caramel mix. Stir into the oats and rice along with the chocolate chips. Press into the tray firmly so the bars hold together.

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  1. Snehal Kankariya on September 27, 2019 at 9:33 am

    I made these granola bars.. I made my own flavor of chocolate peanut butter together coz I like it that way and I made another one with conocut and pecans.. it turned out really tasty.. chocolate ones set beautifully.. but the other flavor did not set.. can u give me a solution for this?

    • Anarki on October 15, 2019 at 6:54 am

      hi Gemma,
      Can I know how long this conolla bar can be storage…?
      can this conolla bar storage for 5 to 6 month?

      • Gemma Stafford on October 15, 2019 at 6:08 pm

        Hi,

        It can be stored in the fridge for maybe 2-3 weeks but this particular type of granola bar won’t last as long as 5 months.

        Best,
        Gemma.

  2. Judy Husslein on September 10, 2019 at 8:18 am

    Hi. So happy you are part of my life now.
    My husband & I live off grid & eat healthy. I love using my microwave when ever I can.
    Your No-Bake Granola Bars (Nut & Raisin my favorite) are a big hit with us. Do you have the Nutrition Facts
    on the three types

    • Gemma Stafford on September 11, 2019 at 8:34 am

      Hi Judy,
      I promise I am going to return to the recipes to add nutritional information when I get a moment. You can actually do this for you too. I use an app My Fitness Pal to calculate this for myself, and it is really good too.
      I am very impressed with your lifestyle choice, well done you, you can teach us all a lot!
      Gemma 🙂

  3. sasha on August 15, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    What would happen if I used 3/4 cup of peanut butter instead of 1/4 of butter + 1/2 cup peanut butter?

    Thank you!!

    • Gemma Stafford on August 16, 2019 at 3:02 pm

      Hi Sasha,

      I’m not sure about that! I don’t know if they will firm up as well. Butter sets hard where as peanut butter does not.

      I recommend sticking with the recipe for best results.
      Gemma.

  4. Diane Patrum on August 5, 2019 at 7:59 am

    Hi Gemma,

    It all sounds yummy! Do you have the carb count for the raisin and nut granola bars? Thanks much. Diane

    • Gemma Stafford on August 8, 2019 at 1:09 am

      Hi Diane,
      I did not do this for this recipe. It will be done for future recipes and we will get back to these older posts as we go along.
      My Fitness Pal is a great too, there is an app and a website which you can always use to get the values.
      I hope this will help you,
      Gemma 🙂

    • Gemma Stafford on August 8, 2019 at 2:32 am

      Hi Diane,
      I think I got to this, but just to be sure.
      I will be adding nutritional information to all recipes going forward, and retrospectively to the older recipes too.
      I like My Fitness Pal, they have an app, and a website to help you, it is worth having this in your arsenal.
      I hope this is of help,
      Gemma 🙂

  5. Gazala Siddiqi on July 28, 2019 at 3:09 am

    Hi Gemma, what is the substitute of rice cereal

    • Gemma Stafford on July 28, 2019 at 6:51 pm

      Hum, that is a good question. You could leave it out and maybe just bulk it up with coconut, fruit and nuts. That would work.

      Best,
      Gemma.

  6. Pallz2503 on May 13, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    Hi Gemma,
    Firstly I would say I’m a big fan of yours. Your recipes are not only amazing but much easier and I love that.
    I tried your no bame granola bars with exactly the same measures as mentioned but somehow my binding wasn’t good. It was falling apart a bit. Can you tell what could be improvised?
    Thanks
    Pallavi

    • Gemma Stafford on May 13, 2019 at 8:01 pm

      Hi Pallavi,

      Really glad you like my recipes! Thanks so much.

      Sorry to hear that. So if it really fell apart you could use it like breakfast granola and have it with yogurt and fruit in the morning.

      Otherwise you could try melting some butter and honey in a pot and adding in the granola again. If you are still worried you could bake it at 350oF (180oC) for 25 minutes or so to help them bind.

      Hope this helps,
      Gemma.

      • Pallz2503 on May 16, 2019 at 4:29 pm

        Thanks a ton for your promptness. I did exactly the same. Used it as my breakfast cereal and it says yummy and needless to say super healthy. Next time I’ll try the baked version. Keep rocking and keep sharing your recipes!
        I’m lookong forward to some KID FRIENDLY HEALTHY AND YUMMY recipes.

        • Gemma Stafford on May 17, 2019 at 11:03 am

          Thank you, we are focusing on healthy options here too, Liv is no that job!
          Gemma 🙂

  7. Gwendalyn Magsino on May 9, 2019 at 3:23 am

    Hi Ms. Gemma, may I know the shelf life of your granola recipe please? ????

    • Gemma Stafford on May 9, 2019 at 5:16 am

      Hi there,
      this will depend on how you store them. I say a week, in an airtight container in a cool place. I hope you enjoy this recipe,
      Gemma 🙂

  8. Susmita Sengupta on April 25, 2019 at 5:37 am

    Hey Gemma,
    How are you? I watch your recipes and tried making red velvet cake it was awesome. Forgot to take photos. Sorry. So this time I made these granola bars. It is supper yummy and I have punched the nuts and raisins with the chocolate as I wanted both in my bars. Its delicious. Prosper and take care. Love

    • Gemma Stafford on April 26, 2019 at 1:52 am

      Hi there,
      I am delighted to hear that you are baking with us, thank you for this lovely review, I appreciate it,
      Gemma 🙂

  9. Joe on April 23, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    Hi. Just wondering what i can substitute in the honey sugar mix to reduce the sugar? Bars are very tasty but too sweet. Curious what else i can use for a binder.

    • Gemma Stafford on April 23, 2019 at 3:58 pm

      Hi, you can use coconut sugar or a sugar substitute like lakanto or swerve.

  10. Huriya on March 8, 2019 at 3:54 am

    Hi there Gemma. Can these bars be baked too? And if they can, will their shelf life be longer?
    Thank you

    • Gemma Stafford on March 9, 2019 at 6:30 am

      hum, I don’t think they will make them last longer but yes you can bake them. 350 for about 25-35 minutes roughly.

      Hope this helps,
      Gemma.

  11. Anshu on February 23, 2019 at 7:03 am

    Rice crispy is not readily available where I live. Is there any substitute for that ?

    • Gemma Stafford on February 24, 2019 at 2:53 am

      Hi Anshu,
      Yes! use something similar to this, any cereal will do it. You can also add toasted oats, porridge oats which you toast on a dry pan, that will do it too.Look around and think about this, I bet you have something you can use.
      I hope this helps,
      Gemma 🙂

      • Anshu on February 26, 2019 at 11:17 am

        Thank you so much Gemma !
        It surely helps.

  12. Anshika Bhardwaj on February 20, 2019 at 5:03 am

    I used white sugar instead of brown and it turned out the most beautiful caramel flavour… Mmmm I ll send a picture once it is done….. The whole house smells like cotton candy and popcorn… Thank you so much ma’am ????????????

    • Gemma Stafford on February 20, 2019 at 4:22 pm

      YAY, great job, i cant wait to see!

  13. Nikki Laftsidis on February 5, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    Hi Gemma
    Greetings from Sydney Australia
    Just made the no bake chocolate chip granola bars, OMG my daughter and husband went Gaga over them.????
    Absolutely fab looking forward to making the next recipe. Nikki

    • Gemma Stafford on February 7, 2019 at 4:49 pm

      Hi! I am delighted to heat that, if you make them again send us a photo!

    • Anna on May 8, 2019 at 11:29 pm

      Hi Nikki
      Did you use rice bubbles in place of rice crispys? I am in Adelaide and was wondering if they would work.
      Thank you 🙂

      • Gemma Stafford on May 9, 2019 at 1:23 am

        Hi Anna,
        I think these will work well for you, it really is the same thing.
        Gemma 🙂

  14. Maansi on January 30, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    Hi

    Could you please share the nutrition facts of these bars, the way you gave the calories for the baked granola bars?

    • Gemma Stafford on January 31, 2019 at 3:08 am

      Hi there,
      I will get to this, thank you for pointing it out.
      We need to do some work on the older recipes to get this information up and accurate. Meanwhile I think you can take it that these bars will be about 400 calories per 100g/3.5 ozs of the base recipe, depending on the additional ingredients, it is the additions which make it difficult to calculate, or quantify, depends on who is adding them. 50g is probably a usual serving size.
      I hope this is of help,
      Gemma 🙂

  15. Naimairfan on January 24, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    Can i avoid or replace cereal.

    • Gemma Stafford on January 25, 2019 at 5:30 pm

      You can replace the oats with puffed rice or corn flakes if you’d like.

  16. Utpala on January 22, 2019 at 8:08 am

    I made the dry fruits granola bar and they turned out to be so good! My family loves them. Thanku for sharing this recipe ????

    • Gemma Stafford on January 24, 2019 at 12:48 am

      Hi there,
      Thank you, I am really happy that you like this recipe. This was a popular request, so I am delighted it is well received.
      Gemma 🙂

  17. Normie on January 9, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    Hi! It’s really fun in the kitchen! especially when i am working with your new recipe ideas. Thanks for sharing and God bless. (Manila-Phils.)

    • Gemma Stafford on January 11, 2019 at 10:23 am

      I am delighted to hear that! Thank you 😀

  18. Keri Lane on January 7, 2019 at 10:24 am

    Hi there. I made these for the first time and I love them but I was wondering about lowering the amount of sugar and/or omitting the honey. I know that some sugar is necessary to make the caramel so they hold, but could I refuse without affecting the quality?

    Thanks!!

    • Gemma Stafford on January 7, 2019 at 12:01 pm

      Hi there, you could use less sugar as long as you keep the honey it will hold together. Enjoy!

  19. Erika Cronje on January 4, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    I will definitely try this but I also googled how to make your own rice crispies as the store bought stuf is full of preservatives and the method they use to make it, is very unhealthy. Not checked whether you have your own rice crispie recipe and if not, may be a good one to add

    • Gemma Stafford on January 7, 2019 at 11:36 am

      Ah that, is a great idea, ill have to work on that!

  20. nakiyah firoz on November 24, 2018 at 1:08 am

    hi, how many calories will one granola bar approximately be for?

    • Gemma Stafford on November 24, 2018 at 1:48 am

      Hi there,
      Though we did not measure this for our bars you can calculate the calories in any food using an app called ‘my fitness Pal’.
      For our bars the count will be about 200 calories. It really all depends on the precise ingredients you use, and the size/weight of the portion too.
      I hope this is of help to you,
      Gemma 🙂

  21. Vicki LaPinta on November 13, 2018 at 6:23 am

    What is the best way to store these? How long will they stay fresh, assuming you don’t eat them all first 🙂

    • Gemma Stafford on November 13, 2018 at 8:07 pm

      Hi Vicki,

      In an air tight container at room temp for atlas 7 days. I find they last longer.

      Best,
      Gemma.

  22. leen kandil on October 30, 2018 at 7:17 am

    thank you so much they where delicious i take them with me as a snack for school and they for sure fill me up thanks again

    • Gemma Stafford on November 1, 2018 at 8:11 am

      Delighted you liked it!!

      Best,
      Gemma.

  23. RoxySin on October 17, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Hi what can I replace the rice crispy with?

    Can’t wait to eat this!

    • Gemma Stafford on October 18, 2018 at 7:12 am

      Hi Roxy,
      Really any crisp cereal will work well for this. You can toast some rolled oats to add to this too, for a different texture and flavor.
      I do not know what you have available to you, but cornflakes, slightly crushed will work too.
      Let us know how you get along with this,
      Gemma 🙂

      • RoxySin on November 15, 2018 at 4:12 pm

        Hi
        Thanks for the reply. I used no rice cereal but an extra cup of toasted oats. It’s delicious… didn’t really stay together but definitely will try again…. photo submitted!!!!

        • Gemma Stafford on November 16, 2018 at 7:54 pm

          I’m delighted to hear that, Roxanne!! Thanks for trying it out 🙂

          Best,
          Gemma.

  24. Trish on September 20, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    I made the raisin and nut bars. They are delicious and so easy to make. I can’t wait to try other flavors.

    • Gemma Stafford on September 20, 2018 at 6:47 pm

      I’m delighted to hear that. Thanks for trying them out 🙂

      Best,
      Gemma.

  25. Shivani on September 10, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    Hi I’ve made your peanut butter granola bar with maple syrup and omitting the jam. It was just delicious. I have it for breakfast and it lasts me all morning. Thank you!

    • Gemma Stafford on September 11, 2018 at 5:05 am

      Hi there,
      I am really happy to hear this, thank you for letting me know,
      Gemma 🙂

  26. Taura on September 10, 2018 at 8:25 am

    If I did want to use the oven to make these faster, what temperature should I set it to and how long would I need to cook it? I love your recipes by the way. I haven’t had one fail me yet.

    • Gemma Stafford on September 11, 2018 at 6:02 am

      Hi there,
      I think it will be a quick bake, really you are just dissolving the sugars to hold the bake together. you will need to test it, I have not baked this recipe. Let us know how you get on with it,
      Gemma 🙂

  27. Dianna Downes Barbee on September 3, 2018 at 7:43 am

    Hello Gemma,

    This morning I made several of your no bake granola bars. I used molasses in the place of honey with a pecan and craisin bar. Oh my! Thanks for the recipes! All of yours above are awesome!

    • Gemma Stafford on September 4, 2018 at 4:54 am

      Hi Dianna,

      I’m really delighted you like this recipe. My favorite is the double chocolate 🙂

      Best,
      Gemma.

  28. Dianna Downes Barbee on September 2, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    Gemma,
    I am so glad I found your channel. I have the sticky buns in the fridge for breakfast tomorrow. I am going to make butter and these granola bars tomorrow! Thanks so much for making my holiday weekend fun!

    • Gemma Stafford on September 3, 2018 at 2:35 am

      Hi Dianna,
      good to have you here and baking with us. Yes, baking is fun, and we forget that sometimes. A relaxing and mindful activity. good for you, thank you for being in touch,
      Gemma 🙂

  29. Melissa J Scanlon Wyer on August 29, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Hi Gemma,

    Thank you for another amazing and easy recipe. My husband cant stop eating them, and me too. I added some ground flax and you can’t even taste it, but helps me eat less since im full. I also used mini choc chips, and a drizzle of choc sauce on top. I learned if i mix some chips with the dry ingredients they melt with the warm caramel and makes them more chocolatey. Yummm.

    • Gemma Stafford on August 29, 2018 at 9:45 pm

      YAY!!!!Really delighted to hear that.

      Best,
      Gemma.

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