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Oat and Honey Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars

These homemade Oat and Honey Chewy No-Bake Granola bars are so quick and easy to make and so delicious you may never buy granola bars again!

These granola bars are my latest snack obsession! They’re sweet and chewy and kind of like a cross between a granola bar and a Rice Krispies treat!

Granola bars are the ultimate wholesome on-the-go snack. Throw one in your purse, bag, briefcase, or lunch box, and you’re ready for when those hunger pangs hit.

I’ve always liked the chewy ones better than the crunchy ones myself, which can sometimes be a little dry and crumbly.

If you’ve been following along, you’ll know that I love making homemade versions of store-bought items. These homemade granola bars are one of my most favorite make-at-home items ever!

They’re super easy. I know exactly what’s in them. They’re less expensive than store-bought, and they taste so much better than any granola bar I ever bought!

oat and honey chewy no bake granola bars

You are going to love how quick and easy this recipe is – everything comes together in less than 10 minutes! Then all you have to do is let them sit in the fridge for a bit to cool and firm up.

Honestly, there really is no reason to buy granola bars when you can make them this fast and this delicious right in your own kitchen!

You might even have all the ingredients you need to make these RIGHT NOW!!

INGREDIENTS YOU NEED:

  • Cooking spray
  • Quick-cooking oats
  • Crispy rice cereal (such as Rice Krispies)
  • Butter
  • Honey
  • Brown sugar (I use light, but you also could use dark)
  • Vanilla extract

HERE’S A QUICK LOOK AT HOW TO MAKE OAT AND HONEY CHEWY NO-BAKE GRANOLA BARS:

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TIPS AND TIDBITS:

To make sure you get bars that hold together nicely:

  • Use quick-cooking oats. If you use regular old-fashioned rolled oats, it’s likely that the bars won’t stay together well and the texture won’t be right. I know because I tried it.
  • Mix the oat mixture and the honey mixture together very well so that everything is coated. You don’t want any dry spots.
  • Press the oat mixture down into the pan firmly with a spatula or the back of a spoon so it is very compact.
  • I store these granola bars individually wrapped in plastic inside an air-tight container, either at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to one week. They will get a bit hard in the fridge, but they will soften up as they come to room temperature again.
  • You can freeze the bars for longer storage. Wrap each one individually in plastic wrap and aluminum foil (for extra protection) then place them in a freezer bag or airtight freezer container and freeze for up to 2 to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature and enjoy!
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If you’re a fan of peanut butter and chocolate, check out my Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip No-Bake Granola Bars!

I hope you try this recipe for Oat and Honey Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars and love it as much as I do. Thanks for visiting today!

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Oat and Honey Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars

These homemade Oat and Honey Chewy No-Bake Granola bars are so quick and easy to make and so delicious you may never buy granola bars again!
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Author: Michelle / Now Cook This!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Cooling / Set Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 12
Estimated Calories: 127

Ingredients

  • cooking spray
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup crispy rice cereal (such as Rice Krispies)
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar (I use light brown sugar, but you could also use dark brown sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Lightly spray an 8×8-inch pan or baking dish with cooking spray. Place a piece of parchment paper in the pan that will cover the bottom and come up two of the sides (so you have "handles" to easily lift them out of the pan later).
  • In a large bowl, combine the oats and the crispy rice cereal.
  • Place the butter, honey, and brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the butter is melted and the mixture comes to a boil.
  • Immediately reduce the heat to low and simmer vigorously, stirring constantly, for two minutes.
  • Turn off the heat, and stir in the vanilla extract.
  • Pour the hot honey mixture over the oat mixture and stir well to combine. It's very important that all of the oat mixture is coated with the honey mixture. You don't want any dry spots as this will prevent your bars from holding together.
  • Place the oat mixture into your prepared pan and press it down firmly with a spatula or the back of a spoon until it is very compact. You don't want it to be loose at all as this will prevent your bars from holding together.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour or until cooled and firm. Remove from the pan and cut into 12 bars.
  • To store, wrap each bar individually with plastic wrap and store in an air-tight container. Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Notes

    • If you store these in the refrigerator, they will get a bit hard, but they will soften up once they come back to room temperature.
    • You can freeze the bars for longer storage. Wrap each one individually in plastic wrap and aluminum foil (for extra protection) then place them in a freezer bag or airtight freezer container and freeze for up to 2 to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature and enjoy!
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Recipe slightly adapted from Brooklyn Farm Girl.

Recipe updated on 2/7/23 to add freezing instructions.

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Erika

Wednesday 24th of January 2024

Hi! What can I use instead of the cereal (but free sub!). Thank you!

Michelle

Wednesday 24th of January 2024

Hi, Erika! I've never made these granola bars without the cereal, so I'm not sure what would work to give you the same crispy and chewy texture (and, sorry, but I'm also not sure what you meant by "free sub"). Maybe you could just try using more oats to replace the cereal?

Cynthia

Wednesday 8th of February 2023

Just made these. I left out the rice cereal and added a whole cup of almond slivers and added a 1/4 c. Chocolate chips. Yummm! I will make these a lot, so good!

Michelle

Thursday 9th of February 2023

That sounds delicious, Cynthia...thanks for sharing!

Audrey Horacek

Saturday 24th of September 2022

How do you think these would turn out with coconut oil vs butter? I’m nursing and my baby has a milk protein allergy so I’m dairy free for him. The sunbelt granola bars are my favorite!

Michelle

Saturday 24th of September 2022

Hi, Audrey! I think they would be yummy with coconut oil, and it should work just fine. I say give it a try!

Sharon

Wednesday 2nd of February 2022

I just made a batch of these this morning..they came out great! I eat one with coffee for my breakfast… thank you

Michelle

Wednesday 2nd of February 2022

Thank you very much, Sharon! I'm so happy you enjoyed them!

MLO

Wednesday 17th of June 2020

I made these this morning and I can’t stop eating them. They are the best I have ever made and they taste great!! I used Splenda brown sugar and they came out delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

Michelle

Wednesday 17th of June 2020

Thank you! I am so happy that you enjoyed the granola bars (I have a peanut butter chocolate chip version too if you like those flavors)! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment and rate the recipe!