No Bake Nut and Seed Bars

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Nut and Seed Bars

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If you’ve been around the Lauren’s Latest block a time or two, you’ll be familiar with my No-Bake Chocolate Chip Granola Bar recipe. It’s one of the first recipes I posted that went crazy viral, waaaaay back in 2012 when I only had one kid. Those were the days 😉

Of course it’s been floating around the internet and has lost a little of its steam, but it doesn’t take away the fact that it’s still delicious, still a very simple recipe and still very relevant! (Hello perfect kids lunch treat!) Since then, I’ve made a million variations that I’ve shared on and off the blog (like this peanut butter version) and every time, we fall in love all over again. I love making variations of the original because it takes about 10 minutes to throw together and one recipe makes ten granola bars. (I usually double the recipe!) They last about five days at my house if I hide them, two days if I keep them on the counter. Worth every minute of prep time!

Today, I’m sharing a healthier version of my original granola bar recipe that is filled with honey, oats, crispy rice cereal, cinnamon, dried fruit and lots of nuts and seeds. I didn’t end up taking any step-by-step photos because it was late when I made my pan of them and my kitchen is a bit of a dark hole, but check out this post for the step by steps.

The printable recipe is below and right before that are some recipe tips to help you be as successful as possible! I’m pretty sure there is nothing worse than buying all your ingredients and having a recipe fail. So, I do my best to give you as much information as possible to win at granola bar life.

If you have any questions pertaining to this recipe or other granola bar recipes on my site, leave me a comment and I’ll do my best to answer it!

Have a great day, friends!

No Bake Granola Bar

No Bake Granola Bar

Recipe Links & Tips

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This recipe is very much dependent on the boiled sugar mixture. If your granola bars don’t seem to be staying together when you cut them, you may have not boiled the mixture long enough…you want it to make it just past the softball stage.

If you boil the mixture TOO MUCH, then once they set, they will be nearly too hard to eat. The goal is to boil it 45 seconds to 1 minute. That should set you up for success!

Also, be sure to pack the granola bars in tight to your baking sheet. I use a quarter sheet pan and it works perfectly! Just grease it well.

Also, spraying a glass liquid measuring cup with nonstick cooking spray before measuring your honey will help it not become a big sticky mess!

All plastic/silicone rubber scrapers are also great for this recipe! (The cheapest one I found online was at Home Depot!! Haha!! Check it out here.)

Be sure to check out the peanut butter version of these granola bars here.

No Bake Nut and Seed Bars

If you love a chewy granola bar, then these nut and seed bars will blow your mind! Few ingredients, very customizable and no baking required. The perfect lunchbox staple.
servings 20 bars
Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 5 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1 cup variety of nuts I used 1/4 cup each cashews, almonds, peanuts, walnuts
  • 1/4 cup seeds I used 3 tablespoons pepitas and 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup craisins

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, stir oats, rice cereal, nuts, seeds and craisins together. Set aside.
  • In a small pot, melt butter, honey and brown sugar together over medium high heat until it comes to a bubble. Reduce the heat and cook 2 minutes. (You want it bubbling the whole time, just not violently.) Pour in cinnamon and stir. Pour over dry ingredients and mix well to moisten all ingredients.
  • Spread onto lightly greased small jelly roll pan {about 12x8x1} and press out to be about 3/4 inch in thickness. {If your pan isn't small enough, pack the mixture into one side. You really want to press them down so they stick together.} Cool on a countertop to room temperature for two hours or until the bars have solidified and hold their shape. Cut into bars. Wrap in parchment or plastic wrap and store at room temperature.

Notes

Recipe Notes: If your granola bars don't seem to be staying together when you cut them, you may have not boiled the mixture long enough...you want it to make it just past the softball stage. OR you made them too thin or you didn't pack them in tight enough. Stick them in the fridge for 20 minutes and that should help keep them together. {Be sure not to keep them in there too long or else they'll become super hard!} The next time you make them, try boiling for an extra 15 seconds or so.

Nutrition

Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 45mg | Potassium: 101mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 142IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: No Bake Nut and Seed Bars

No Bake Granola Bar

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11 Responses
  1. Alyson C

    These look so good and I can’t wait to make these this weekend. Can you clarify what you mean when you say you want the boiled mixture to make it just past the softball stage? I’m hung up on that and can’t figure out what it means. Thanks!

  2. Mom24

    Look delish! Can’t wait to try them. FYI your link goes to a half sheet pan, maybe they changed it? Not a biggie, poke around and you can find the quarter sheet.

    1. Lauren

      Hi Peter! So glad you liked these bars! They are some of our favorites. If you don’t like my f*cking life stories though, feel free to NOT read them and scroll right past to the *free* recipe.

    2. Soni

      Oh Peter F. You must be a lot of fun at parties. *also, for future reference, adding a winky face does not negate making a total DBag statement 😉

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