No Bake Granola Bars

No bake Nutella Granola Bars

by Megan on March 23, 2011

I’m always on the lookout for healthy snacks to pack along in school lunches. Our favorites are the oatmeal snack bars and the chewy granola bars.

But move over little lunch box snacks, there’s a new bar in town.

A No- Bake Granola bar that you can do two different ways.

Peanut butter or my favorite, Nutella!

peanut butter and chocolate chip granola bar

When I first saw this recipe over at One Crazy Cookie, I made it immediately, with a few minor changes.

That is what is so great about granola bars. You can add what ever suits your fancy. I skipped the sunflower seeds, added unsweetened coconut, and upped the almonds.

Do I dare say, this is our new favorite snack bar.

Peanut butter granola bar recipe

The second time I made them,  I added Nutella instead of the peanut butter.

Oh my!

That was a winner too.

easy granola bar recipe with Nutella

These are the easiest bars to make. You just toast up your oats, nuts, and coconut for about 8-10 minutes. You have to be careful not to burn your coconut. It will toast up pretty fast and burn if your not looking. Not that I would know by experience or anything. ;)

Then you melt your peanut butter (or Nutella) with some honey, vanilla and a pinch of salt.  Add melted ingredients to the toasted oat ingredients and add a little oil. Stir in the chocolate chips and press into a pan. Let cool, cut, and indulge!

I’m making my 3rd batch tomorrow. Even though I cut  and wrap them for school lunches, they keep disappearing.

They make a pretty good grab and go breakfast too!

I hope you give these bars a try. I think you’ll be pretty darn happy that you did.

I was!

No Bake Nutella Granola Bars

No-Bake Granola Bars

no bake granola bar recipe
Adapted from One Crazy Cookie
2 cups old fashioned oats
1 unsweetened coconut
1 cup almonds (I used sliced)
3/4 cup peanut butter or Nutella
1/2 cup honey
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 pinch salt
1 1/2  tablespoon canola oil
1/2 cup mini chocolate chip

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spread the oats, coconut, and almonds into a single layer on a cookie sheet. Toast in the oven for about 10 minutes.  Remove from oven and place in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Combine the peanut butter (or Nutella), honey, vanilla and salt  in a saucepan.  Over medium heat, stir until peanut butter (or Nutella) is melted and everything is smooth and mixed well.
  4. Pour mixture over the oats and mix well.  Add oil and stir until well blended. Cool slightly.
  5. Stir in the chocolate chips and pour mixture in a 9 x9 or 8 x11 pan that has been lined with wax paper.
  6. Press mixture firmly into the pan.
  7. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours before cutting into bars if you can wait that long. ;)
  8. Enjoy!
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This post is linked to Foodie Fridays at Designs by Gollum and Miz Helen’s Full Plate Thursday.

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{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Barbara Bakes March 23, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Love how you’ve wrapped them. They look irresistible!

2 Jessica @ How Sweet March 24, 2011 at 3:36 am

These look delicious!!

3 Blond Duck March 24, 2011 at 4:30 am

You know I’m going for PB…YUM!

4 claudia lamascolo March 24, 2011 at 8:19 am

Wow these look great and I love that they are easy… we are all huge nutella fans.. this is great … thanks oh btw thank you for stopping by and visiting me …. I just love your rainbow cake too! gorgeous!

5 Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies March 24, 2011 at 9:07 am

Yum, that Nutella would make for some really awesome granola bars. Looks like you just found a winner of a recipe.

6 Barbara | VinoLuciStyle March 24, 2011 at 1:42 pm

You are a good woman…my kids would have had theirs wrapped too…in cellophane!

I’m on a granola craze now…so I’ve got my toasted mix…and thinking half PB and half Nutella might be in order1

7 Peggy March 24, 2011 at 2:23 pm

I don’t think these would last very long at all in our house! I love that they’re no-bake and so simple! Definitely can’t wait to try out different varieties of this one!

8 lisa March 24, 2011 at 6:19 pm

I think I just fell in love! Nutella is amazing! and these granola bars look so yummy! I am gonna have to try them :-) So glad I came across your blog! By the way, I love your background of your blog..so cute!

9 Julie M. March 24, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Those are adorable! I love the idea of nutella. Because, honestly, everything tastes better with chocolate. I’m bookmarking these beauties. :)

10 Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen March 24, 2011 at 8:52 pm

This looks like a perfect snack. Nutella in a granola bar was the icing on the cake for me!

11 Aggie March 25, 2011 at 7:19 am

Oh my goodness!! Love this. My kids are always eating granola bars. I would love to make my own like this!

12 Katrina March 25, 2011 at 7:26 am

Yum! I love that these are not baked, Megan! Sign me up for some of the Nutella ones. ;)

13 Heather Davis March 25, 2011 at 7:53 am

Wow those look good! My kids would love them too.

14 slim dream March 25, 2011 at 7:57 am

my kids would seriously love these thanks for this epic recipe haha.

15 Renee (kudos kitchen) March 25, 2011 at 8:19 am

Gosh Megan, these look soooo good. Love that they’re no bake and very chocolaty. I ‘ll look forward to making them.

16 Maria March 25, 2011 at 8:31 am

I want to try them both!

17 Katerina March 25, 2011 at 9:12 am

Tiffanee is the best isn’t she? These bars indeed are super easy and look super yummy too!

18 Feast on the Cheap March 25, 2011 at 10:58 am

Wow, these look terrific!

19 stephchows March 25, 2011 at 11:16 am

yum! oats, nutella AND coconut! Count me in!!!

20 norma March 25, 2011 at 11:17 am

No bake…right up my alley.

Have a great weekend!

21 RJ Flamingo March 25, 2011 at 11:20 am

Stumbled and bookmarked! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve needed some quick protein – especially in the afternoons – when this would have hit the spot perfectly. And Nutella?!? Awesome! Thanks, Megan!

22 megan @ whatmegansmaking March 25, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Love how you wrapped these! So cute. They sound so good!

23 Amanda March 25, 2011 at 3:40 pm

How awesome! I’ll be showing these to my daughter :)

24 Delishhh March 26, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Oh my! These look awesome and dangerous. Nice work! Love your wrapping too – you can sell those :)

25 Miz Helen March 27, 2011 at 5:50 am

Hello there, it is so good to see you here today. Your No Bake Granola Bars look delicious. I am always looking for just the perfect healthy snack for a grab and go, and this looks like it is one of those. I will sure be giving it a try. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

26 Nutmeg Nanny March 27, 2011 at 7:57 am

This look amazing! Something that would be perfect to cart along to the beach when I got on vacation in June…yum!

27 kat March 28, 2011 at 9:27 am

They look great!

28 Elle March 28, 2011 at 9:52 am

I think I love you. At least, this recipe! They look fabulous. :)

29 Ariana March 28, 2011 at 8:35 pm

I love these granola bars! I swap out some of the honey & butter with virgin coconut oil (smells AMAZING!) and add in some chopped dried cherries….delish!

30 The Lucky Wife @ The Saturday Evening Pot April 1, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Thanks for linking this in our Mom-Friendly Recipes Loved by Your Children category! I love finding great no-bake recipes!

31 Tiffanee April 5, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Thanks for the link up! I LOVE the idea of the Nutella.

32 deeba April 19, 2011 at 1:50 am

N I C E … I love all the bars and cookies you post Megan, and these are winners too!

33 best salad recipes August 25, 2011 at 5:44 am

That looks insanely delicious. Insane in the most wonderful way! thanks ;)

34 Cindy January 1, 2012 at 10:02 am

I made these yesterday. They’re pretty good.

35 Christine March 4, 2012 at 6:19 am

These look awesome and I can’t wait to try them….BUT the recipe doesn’t specify how much coconut, is it 1 “cup”?

36 Shannon March 11, 2012 at 6:04 pm

I used 1 cup of coconut for these (the recipe didn’t say, but it was my best guess) and they were an instant hit with my kids :) Any thoughts now on how to make something like this without the oats (gluten free) and without the honey (sugar free) and without the nuts (nut allergies) – then I would be able to feed them to everyone in our house!

37 Stephanie October 7, 2012 at 2:33 pm

I’ve made these so many times for rock climbing trips. I exclude the chocolate chips though because the bars are pretty dang tasty without the extra calories.

Thanks for the receipt.

38 Stephanie October 7, 2012 at 2:34 pm

I mean recipe! ;-)

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