Great quick and easy granola bar recipe that kids can make. Perfect to throw in lunches or in your purse for travel. You can also add 1/4 cup wheat germ without changing the consistency. Change up the dried fruit, nuts, and chocolate for different flavors. I generally keep the bars in the refrigerator until I am ready to eat them, but these keep well to take to work or school.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 bars
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Stir oats, peanut butter, flaxseed, honey, cranberries, chocolate chips, and almonds together in a bowl; press into a 9x11-inch baking dish, using the back of a spatula to press into a flat layer.

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  • Refrigerate mixture at least 1 hour.

  • Cut into 12 bars and wrap each individually in plastic wrap for storage.

Nutrition Facts

405 calories; protein 10.3g 21% DV; carbohydrates 46.3g 15% DV; fat 21.7g 33% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 108.8mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
06/07/2013
One word...Amazing. So easy and fast to make. I made sure to mix the peanut butter, honey and flax really well before adding the other stuff. It's hard to mix, I had to use a large, metal spoon and really go at it. Bare hands would be easiest, like with meatloaf. I pressed the mixture into the 9x13 with my hands, it was easier. In case anyone is wondering, like I was, you don't need to spray/butter the dish or use wax/parchment. It will come out of the (glass) dish just fine. Most likely due to the oils in the peanut butter. The recipe says to cut into 12 bars. I cut mine into 20, and next time will make even smaller. These are SO filling. My bars are roughly 3" x 1 3/4". They are packed with flavor and goodness, so these WILL fill you up and the hunger stays away for a long time. Longer than with store bought bars. Great for an on-the-go breakfast or for your mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack. I wrapped individually, put in a tupperware with no lid in the fridge, so they're easy to grab for everyone. You can use any combo of dried fruits and nuts! Oh, I let it sit in the fridge, covered, overnight before cutting (about 12 hours). They tasted best after all the flavors could meld together. Thank you! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/21/2015
I found this to have way too much peanut butter and honey. Those flavors overpower everything else I put in this recipe. I added slivered almonds, sunflower seeds, choc chips, and dried apricots. I will use this as a base for my no bake bars but will either add more oats or scale back the honey and PB. Read More
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  • 3 star values: 6
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  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
06/07/2013
One word...Amazing. So easy and fast to make. I made sure to mix the peanut butter, honey and flax really well before adding the other stuff. It's hard to mix, I had to use a large, metal spoon and really go at it. Bare hands would be easiest, like with meatloaf. I pressed the mixture into the 9x13 with my hands, it was easier. In case anyone is wondering, like I was, you don't need to spray/butter the dish or use wax/parchment. It will come out of the (glass) dish just fine. Most likely due to the oils in the peanut butter. The recipe says to cut into 12 bars. I cut mine into 20, and next time will make even smaller. These are SO filling. My bars are roughly 3" x 1 3/4". They are packed with flavor and goodness, so these WILL fill you up and the hunger stays away for a long time. Longer than with store bought bars. Great for an on-the-go breakfast or for your mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack. I wrapped individually, put in a tupperware with no lid in the fridge, so they're easy to grab for everyone. You can use any combo of dried fruits and nuts! Oh, I let it sit in the fridge, covered, overnight before cutting (about 12 hours). They tasted best after all the flavors could meld together. Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2013
I loved this recipe! I used 1/4 cup brown sugar & 1/2 cup maple syrup instead of the honey. I cut the peanut butter back to 1 cup & softened it in the microwave for easier mixing. My family loves these great to go breakfast for our kids before school or as an after school snack! Next time I'm going to double the batch & make it in a jellyroll pan. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/04/2013
I did not have almonds on hand I had peanuts so I made a quick switch out. I did run the peanuts through my mini food processor for a rough chop before folding it into the other ingredients. I also used Jif extra crunchy peanut butter because that was all I had on hand. This was easy to mix up with pantry ingredients. They held together well and were quite tasty. Thumbs up from our family. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2014
This is the perfect "basic", no-bake, whole-food granola bar recipe I've tried! It's great as is, but it's also easy to add/change depending on your preferences! I also love that these do not have to be baked. Easy and quick to prepare and, most of all, yummy! My family loves them. Tonight I made a batch to take with us for "fuel" at a volleyball tournament tomorrow. Tonight's changes to the original recipe: Toasted the oats first, used 1/2 honey 1/2 raw maple syrup, used a whole 16 oz jar of natural unsweetened crunchy peanut butter (which is just a bit more than the 1 1/4 cups called for), mixed dried fruit, 1/2 cup Chia seed (for extra protein + it uses up the extra peanut butter I added), and a few sprinkles of cinnamon. Left everything else the same. Thanks so much for the recipe! AllRecipes never lets me down! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/12/2019
i was looking for something healthy for the kids to snack on instead of chips and junk..i have to say the first time i made these they disappeared before i had the chance to sample them..so the next time made them i doubled the recipe..and again..the y disappeared before i got to sample them..lol..ive been making these now for a few months....every weekend..kids love them..they love making them with me.. and they especially love eating them...lol...i change up the ingredients all the time....so faar there hasnt ben anythng n them the kids dont like!....thank you for the great recipe!..... add on sept 12 2019....after making these for some time now I find that if you wear kitchen gloves like in resturaunts first spray them with a little cooking spray then just use your hands to mix all the ingredients together ...I put a wet paper towel under my baking sheet so the pan stays still wax paper over the granola use a rolling pin to flatten them out put in freezer for about an hour pull out and slice them down ….I I usually get about 50 out of my batches because I double them....after they are cut I put each one into snack bags and they all go into the freezer for the kids whenever they want them.. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/05/2013
I no longer buy store bought granola bars because of all of the additives so I've been experimenting with homemade granola bar recipes. This one was really good! I just made them tonight and they came together easy. My modifications: added 1 T. cinnamon pinch of salt (to bring out the sweet flavors) and 1 T. of brown sugar in lieu of 1/2 of the honey. I omitted the cranberries. These are very peanut-buttery and the chocolate chips are a nice balance to that sweetness. I will definitely be saving this recipe! I love that you can add different ingredients (dried fruit different nuts etc.) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2014
I added salted sunflower seeds rough chopped some bulk almonds and threw in raisins. Melted the peanut butter and honey as previous reviewers suggested. Great tip that made mixing easier. I seriously will never buy another granola bar because nothing will ever equate to this healthy flavourful snack. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/21/2015
I found this to have way too much peanut butter and honey. Those flavors overpower everything else I put in this recipe. I added slivered almonds, sunflower seeds, choc chips, and dried apricots. I will use this as a base for my no bake bars but will either add more oats or scale back the honey and PB. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/05/2013
My Family liked these granola bars but I cut the bars into 36 servings. It has quite a bit of peanut butter so my family preferred the smaller servings. Read More
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