Gluten-free ‘no bake’ Granola Bars Print Recipe Print Recipe


I’m practicing.

What kid doesn’t love a good granola bar and what parents doesn’t love an easy no bake recipe. Exactly.

I’m weeks [possibly days or hours] away from having this kid. I have a feeling I’ll blink and the next thing I know, he’ll be 5 years old acting in as my new food critic. So… I figured I’d start practicing on those kid-friendly snacks now.

Helps that I have have the appetite of a 5 year old.

I tested a few different recipes and this one [with the peanut butter] was the stand out. These are chewy, chocolatey and a healthy balance of grains.

Kid or not, these are for everyone to enjoy!


Note: if not gluten-free, you can use regular oats and cereal

Gluten-free ‘no bake’ Granola Bars

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  • 1 3/4 cups gluten-free oats
  • 1 3/4 cup gluten-free rice cereal or rice krispies
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • 1/8 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/3-1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips – or replace with dried fruit


Cut parchment paper to fit a 9×13 or 8″ pan. This will make it easier to remove the granola bars.

Combine oats, cereal, coconut and flaxseed in a bowl and mix together.

In a small saucepan, over medium heat, mix honey, brown sugar and salt. Stir until it comes to a slight boil.

Remove from heat, stir in the peanut butter and vanilla until incorporated.

Pour the warm mixture over the dry ingredients and mix until well combined.

Let cool for about 20 minutes or so before mixing in the chocolate chips. Add mixture to the prepared pan and with a piece of parchment paper; press down to even out the surface. Place in a safe spot [out of reach from tiny hands or pets] and cover with a paper towel or cloth and let sit for a few hours to let everything set.

Remove from the pan and cut into bars. Enjoy!


Makes about 12 bars





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  • WithStyleGrace

    so happy you liked them!

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  • WithStyleGrace

    you’re welcome! so happy you liked them!

  • WithStyleGrace

    you are so welcome!

  • WithStyleGrace

    yes – one reader says she keeps them in the freezer and pulls them out for lunches. hope that helps!

  • WithStyleGrace

    feel free to add more honey or another binder. I’ve haven’t had a problem with them sticking together, but a few readers have. hope you enjoy them!

  • WithStyleGrace

    I’m not sure, but if I can figure out how to calculate that, I’ll let you know!

  • Cool aunti

    Niece just put on gluten free diet doesn’t like peanut butter (strange kid, but I love her!) What can I substitute?

  • sandy

    Made these a couple hours ago. Quick, easy, and super tasty. Both my picky eating 6 and 3 year old kids loved them!!! Thank you so much! I placed mine in the fridge and pushed down on them pretty hard to make them stick together.

  • WithStyleGrace

    What about another nut or seed butter, such as almond, cashew or sunflower seed butter?

  • WithStyleGrace

    yes, pressing them firmly into the pan helps a lot! so happy it passed the picky eater test!

  • Kristine

    My daughter can not have rice as well as gluten. Do you think they will work with all oats??

  • Jennifer Redwine

    I’m going to try them without the coconut since I don’t have any. I may add pumpkin seeds.

  • WithStyleGrace

    yeah, go ahead and try with extra oats – you could even add in some chopped nuts to mix things up. enjoy!

  • Kathleen Goff

    This recipe is so easy! I used the Trader Joe’s brand of crispy rice cereal, which I found out after buying has barley malt as an ingredient (not gluten-free). Being gluten sensitive I did use the cereal but didn’t have a reaction, so I was happy!!! I also didn’t use chocolate chips the second time around and these were still delicious! Yum! Yum! Yum!

  • bwgmom

    my middle son has a severe nut allergy, so we’ll make these with sun flower seed butter (and no coconut/). they sound super yummy!

  • milepa

    Thank you so much for the recipe. My 4yr old is dairy, soy and gluten free because of a condition she has “EE” anyway. Finding quick snacks has become expensive and time consuming. I love this recipe because it is quick, easy, and delicious. ( I need to quit eating her granola bars. lol) I substituted the peanut butter for homemade almond butter as she is allergic to peanuts too. So Thank YOU!!!!

  • Dionne Rose Bailey

    I’ve made these several times and my whole family loves them! We’re not big into coconut, so I substitute sliced almonds for it. Yummy!

  • WithStyleGrace

    awesome, so great to here!!

  • Leanne Smith

    Do you suggest using unsweetened or sweetened coconut?