- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup crispy rice cereal
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts (such as peanuts or almonds) – optional
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips – optional
Prepare the Pan:
Line a 9×9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving some overhang on the sides for easy removal.
Combine Dry Ingredients:
In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats and crispy rice cereal. If you’re using nuts, add them to the mixture as well.
Prepare Wet Ingredients:
In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the honey, peanut butter, coconut oil, vanilla extract, and salt. Stir continuously until the mixture is well combined and smooth. Make sure not to overheat; you just want to melt and mix the ingredients.
Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients:
Pour the wet mixture over the dry ingredients. Stir until everything is well coated and evenly distributed.
Add Chocolate Chips:
If you’re using chocolate chips, fold them into the mixture. The residual heat should be enough to slightly melt them and create a delicious chocolatey layer.
Press into Pan:
Transfer the mixture into the prepared pan. Use a spatula or your hands to press the mixture firmly and evenly into the pan.
Place the pan in the refrigerator and let it chill for at least 2-3 hours, or until the bars are firm and set.
Cut into Bars:
Once the bars are completely chilled, use the parchment paper overhang to lift them out of the pan. Place on a cutting board and use a sharp knife to cut into bars of your desired size.
Store the bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for freshness. Enjoy these no-bake peanut butter granola bars as a quick and nutritious snack!
Feel free to customize this recipe by adding dried fruits, seeds, or other mix-ins that you prefer.