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Rice Crispy Granola Bars

I am eating one of these cute granola bars right now so I can describe it to you. (The things I do for you!) These are:



Subtly peanut butter-y

Just the right amount of sweet and salty.

Soft. Not so chewy it makes your jaw hurt.

Not crumbling into pieces when I pick it up off the table.




Now I definitely want to eat another, but I have to save some for our hiking snacks for tomorrow.

That’s right. That’s why I made these. For tomorrow. Not for right this minute.

Sure, there are tons of granola bar recipes out there, but I feel like I perfected this one to not be super high calorie or sugary, and I made it using only common ingredients (no brown rice syrup or coconut butter and stuff).

Wrap the cuties individually and you have homemade Chewy Bars (but with 7 ingredients instead of 27) that make great snacks to pack on trips, school lunches, hikes, picnics, etc.

If you’re a stickler about chocolate chips having refined sugar in them, just skip them! They are delicious without! Or cacao nibs (nature’s dark chocolate chips) would also probably be delicious…(if only they’d fit in my grocery budget I’d try them for you!)

5 from 10 votes
Rice Crispy Granola Bars
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Soft, sweet and light. You'll love these healthy snacks! 

Course: Snack
Servings: 10 bars
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups rice crispy cereal (puffed brown rice)
  • 3 tbsp chocolate chips (optional)
  1. Line an 8x8 square pan with parchment paper. I cut slits in the four corners to help it fit down in. 

  2. In a blender or food processor, grind oats roughly until a coarse flour. This helps the granola bars hold together better than if using whole oats. Put ground oats in a mixing bowl with rice crispy cereal and shredded coconut. 

  3. In a small saucepan, heat peanut butter and honey over medium heat, and stir together. Once melted and bubbly, remove from heat. Add vanilla and salt and stir well. (You could also microwave in 30 second increments for the same effect.)

  4. Pour heated peanut butter mixture over oats and rice crispies. Stir until well-coated. 

    Press into prepared pan. Use wet hands to prevent the mixture from sticking to your hands. Press as firmly as possible. Press chocolate chips into the top. 

  5.  Let chill in fridge or freezer at least 15 minutes before cutting into bars. Store in fridge.



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  1. Mine didn’t look quite as pretty but these are delicious! The directions were perfect so these were easy to make and the whole family loves them! Thank you!

  2. This is a quick, easy treat for family night. The children can make it. It is delicious. We’ve made it several times.

  3. My husband, neighbors, kids (and whoever else we shared with) loved these. They were sweet enough that one small bar made a satisfying treat! They were great and stored in there fridge for days.

  4. Oh man, so good! I could eat the whole pan! We made these to test for an upcoming homeschool picnic and we all loved them. I did add some mini chocolate chips (which semi melted due to the peanut butter/honey being warm) but it gave it a marbled look which was fun. I also subbed out the coconut for walnuts and Ethan didn’t even notice they were there! Score!

  5. We loved this recipe! We left out the coconut but followed everything else exactly. Thank you for sharing this.

  6. I was trying to find an alternative to granola bars for myself and hubby when we are craving something sweet- so happy to have found this recipe! I doubled the coconut and think I could actually triple it. Next time I will use less honey as I found it really sweet. Thanks for sharing!

      1. I am so glad that I have found your recipe. It is easy to follow, yet delicious and nutritious. Thank you so much!!!

  7. I just made these last night and love them!!! My kids love them, too. I feel so much better feeding these to them over processed Chewy bars.

  8. Just wanted to give you an update: we tried to sub out 3 TBS cocoa powder for the chocolate chips and it worked! We just added it to the PB and honey mixture on the stove, and it made a chocolate version. So good!

  9. I was craving something but didn’t want to spend a long time baking. Then I remembered I had saved this recipe so I threw it together in a matter of minutes. Turned out great. I added flax meal and chia seeds as well. Next time I think I’m going to add a bit less honey.

  10. Love these. Followed directions exactly came out yummy and it cost me nothing as I had everything on hand. Instead of spending $6 per box we spend pennies. Thank you!

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