No-Bake Granola Bars

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top view of no bake granola barsSo we needed a quick after-school snack today, and I decided on granola bars (though I’ve never made them before).  I did a quick search on Martha Stewart’s site (because you can rarely go wrong with the taste of her recipes) and found this video for No-Nuttin’ Granola Bars.

This recipe is just what I needed, and I adapted it for what we had on-hand in our own kitchen.  The flavor still came out amazing!  Took about 30 minutes to create these tasty granola bars, including the quick-cool time in the freezer.

These will become treats for our next road trip for sure!

No bake granola bars

No-Bake Granola Bars

Course Snack
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Author Bonnie Hershey


  • 1/3 cup light tasting olive oil or other heart-healthy oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup sucanat or lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/4 cup cereal We used some bran flakes we had on-hand, but you can use crisp rice cereal, cheerios, or whatever you have.
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup nuts of your choice optional


  • Line an 8-inch round or square pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Combine the oil and sugars in a sauce pan over med-high heat. Stir until boiling. Boil for 1 minute while stirring. (This will caramelize and thicken.)
  • Combine the oats, cereal, and nuts in a large bowl.
  • Pour the liquid into the oat mixture and incorporate together well.
  • Gently spread mixture into pan, WITHOUT pressing down.
  • Add chocolate chips over the top and press down firmly all over so that chips get into the granola mixture.
  • For a quick cool, place the pan for 15 minutes in the freezer. Or you can cool them out on the counter and let them come to room temperature.
  • Cut into pieces and try your best to share them with someone else!



Bonnie Hershey currently serves as a business and nutrition coach with their business, Hershey Holistic Health. She holds an undergrad degree in education, and a certification in Practical Nutrition from the Northwest Academy of Practical Nutrition. She has over 20 years of leadership experience and enjoys encouraging others in their personal growth.


Christina · August 26, 2014 at 4:49 pm

I love these granola bars and so does my daughter. We have fun making them together. Thanks for sharing it!

    Bonnie | ProvenNutritionForKids · September 2, 2014 at 6:11 am

    Wonderful! Thanks for your feedback, Christina!

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