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No-Bake Granola Bar

Try these no-bake granola bars for a quick afternoon snack for a healthy burst of energy.

August 8th, 2014

Recipes and Food Styling by Signe Langford

Delicious just as it is, this chewy, easy-to-make bar is the perfect starting point for our five tasty variations. For intense honey flavour, look for a dark liquid honey, such as buckwheat; for a subtler sweetness go for wildflower, orange blossom, or good old clover. Very important; don’t switch out the quick cook oats for rolled, or the bars will fall apart.
12 typical-sized bars
Prep Time
15 to 20 minutes
  • 2 cups quick cooking oats, toasted
  • 1 cup crisp rice cereal, brown if possible
  • 1/4 cup raw, shelled sunflower seeds
  • 4 tbsp salted butter
  • 1/4 cup runny honey
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp real vanilla extract
  1. Lightly coat an 8” x 12” or 9” x 11” casserole dish, cake pan, food storage container with cooking spray or butter and set aside.

  2. In a large, dry, skillet over medium heat, toast the quick oats until lightly golden; stirring or tossing constantly so as not to burn. Once toasted, tip out into a large bowl.

  3. To the oats, add the crisp rice, sunflower seeds, stir to blend, and set aside.

  4. In a small saucepan over medium heat, add the butter, honey, and brown sugar, stirring often, until the butter has melted and the ingredients are well blended – about 2 minutes – continue to heat and stir until the butter mixture is bubbling slightly; about another 2 minutes.

  5. Remove from heat, add vanilla and stir to blend well.

  6. Pour the warm butter mixture into the dry oat mixture and stir until evenly mixed and coated. Press the mixture into the greased dish evenly and very firmly. Loosely packed bars tend to crumble when cooled. For a super smooth surface, press with a flat-bottomed glass or cup.

  7. Set bars aside for about 2 hours at room temperature. Once cool, run a knife around the edge of the bars, flip out onto a cutting board and slice into bars; the shape and size is up to you. Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

No-Bake Granola Bar
Photography by Carlo Mendoza