This crunchy granola bar recipe is so easy to make with just 5 ingredients! No-Bake granola bars are a delicious make-ahead treat for the week. 

Easy homemade crunchy granola bar recipe made with pre-made granola.

I love making my own homemade granola bars, energy bars, and bliss balls. My personal favorite might be the Superfood Energy Bars I shared last month, but my husband and kids prefer these crunchy granola bars.

Crunchy no-bake granola bars take about 5 minutes to prepare before chilling in the freezer.

Ingredients for crunchy homemade no-bake granola bars include pre-made granola, peanut butter, maple syrup, flax, and coconut oil.

This recipe came to be because I found myself with too much granola in the pantry. I had just picked up a double package from Costco when a brand sent me another package of it for another recipe. I love using granola on top of my chia pudding with berries, but decided it would make terrific crunchy granola bars too.

 

The wet ingredients for no-bake granola bars get melted together in a saucepan.

No-bake homemade granola bars have two important components. We need the dry ingredients, and we need wet ingredients to “glue” the bars together. I melt the peanut butter, syrup, and coconut together into this sweet “glue” on the stove for just a minute.

Melted peanut butter and maple syrup get poured over granola for homemade crunchy granola bars.

Though I poured the peanut butter mixture into a bowl of the granola mixture here, I could have saved myself the extra dirty dish by simply adding the dry ingredients into the saucepan.

The ingredients for no-bake crunchy granola bars get mixed together in a white bowl.

Once the granola is coated with the peanut butter mixture it gets pressed into a baking dish lined with parchment paper. Using parchment really helps when removing the one big bar for cutting. A common issue with homemade no-bake granola bars is crumbling. It can be hard to keep the granola bars together when cutting and storing.

How to Make Granola Bars Stick Together:

  • Press the mixture very firmly into the pan.
  • Keep the bars chilled. It’s just peanut butter, coconut oil, and maple syrup holding these together. When these ingredients are cold they are solid, but when warm they quickly soften.
  • Honey works better than maple syrup because it’s stickier.
Homemade No-Bake Granola Bars made with pre-made granola are an easy and delicious treat.

Easy Crunchy No-Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars

These easy no-bake granola bars are made with 5 ingredients or less! Pre-made granola gives these bars their crunch.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup maple syrup or honey (see note)
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 cups granola
  • 1/4 cup flax meal
  • 1/4 cup favorite nuts and seeds or mini chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:

  1. Line an 8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Add syrup, peanut butter, and coconut oil in a medium saucepan over medium low heat. Stir until smooth and melty.
  3. Stir in the granola, flax meal and any additions like nuts, seeds, or chocolate chips. Transfer the granola mixture to the prepared baking dish and smooth in. Press the mixture down as firmly as possible. You want it really packed in so that the bars don’t crumble. I like to use the back of a measuring cup coated with cooking spray.
  4. Place in the freezer until very firm, about 1 hour. Remove the the parchment paper with the uncut bars from the baking dish and cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator.

Notes:

Honey is better at holding these bars together but is not vegan. You could try bee-free honey (it’s a thing) if needed.

Nut-Free Option: Use nut-free granola and replace the peanut butter with sunflower seed butter. Do not use any additional nuts.

Gluten-Free Option: Be sure to choose certified gluten free granola.

Nutrition information is approximate.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 10 bars, Serving Size: 1 bar

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 200
Easy no-bake crunchy peanut butter granola bars. These easy granola bars are made with pre-made granola and take just 5 minutes and 5 ingredients to make. This delicious snack is kid-friendly and easy to make vegan and gluten-free.