A pan of these No Bake M&M Granola Bars can be on your counter in minutes. These homemade granola bars are so easy to make, and you can use different mix-ins every time you make them.
We are under an extreme heat advisory here in Florida. So, no bake recipes are on repeat all week long.
I decided to clean out the pantry and make some granola bars with whatever I found. Our kids eat granola bars like they are going out of style, so I decided that making my own is cheaper and better than the processed ones I have been feeding them.
I’m not sure if I will ever buy another box from the store again! These were so delicious and easy to make!
Usually when I’m craving something sweet and no bake, I make these Skinny Peanut Butter Granola Bites. They never last long either. But this week I was on a mission for homemade granola bars.
I love being able to throw whatever I have in my cupboard at the time for new varieties! I’m thinking a peanut butter cup version needs to happen ASAP! Right?
I had fun digging through the baskets in our pantry for goodies to use up. I came out with mini M&M’s, mini chocolate chips, and mini marshmallow bits!
You really can use just about anything though.
Granola Bar Mix-ins:
- Dried Fruits – cranberries, raisins, banana chips,
- Freeze Dried Fruits – strawberries, raspberries, blueberries
- Cookies – Oreos, chocolate chip cookies, Nutter Butters
- Nuts & Seeds – walnuts, pecans, peanuts, pepitas, sunflower seeds, chia seeds
- Candy – Reese’s Pieces, peanut butter cups, M&M’s
- Spreads – peanut butter, Biscoff, Nutella, almond butter
- Others – toffee bits, pretzels, caramel bits
These homemade granola bars were fantastic, and I can’t wait to make more versions.
How to make No Bake M&M Granola Bars:
- Stir together the oats and cereal in a large bowl and set aside. (full recipe at bottom of post)
- Heat butter, brown sugar, and honey in a sauce pan over medium heat. Stir until melted and mixture begins to bubble.
- Let simmer for 1-2 minutes. Stir in vanilla.
- Pour over oat mixture and stir until everything is coated. Let cool 5-7 minutes.
- Stir in chocolate chips, mini marshmallow bits, and mini M&M’s.
- Press firmly in a buttered 8×8 pan. Use wax paper to press it down firmly.
- Sprinkle the top with additional toppings and press in. Let cool completely.
- Place pan in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours; remove and cut into 10 bars.
How do homemade granola bars keep their shape?
- Use a piece of wax paper and press down on the mixture very firmly. The harder you press them into the pan will help them stay firm later.
- Let the mixture cool completely before cutting it into ten even bars. Store in a tightly sealed container on the counter or in the fridge.
These are a soft granola bar if you keep them out on the counter.
PRO TIP: If you would like a harder granola bar, keep the pan of bars in the refrigerator.
More no bake granola bar recipes:
- No Bake Chocolate Granola Bar Bites
- Cappuccino Chip Granola Bars
- No Bake Fruity Pebbles Granola Bars
- No Bake Nutella S’mores Granola Bars
Other baked granola bars that you may like:
- Caramel Apple Granola Bars
- White Chocolate Caramel Granola Bars
- Thin Mint Granola Bars
- Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Granola Bars
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- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 2 cups quick oats
- 1 cup Rice Krispies cereal
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup mini M&M’s
- 1/2 cup mini marshmallow bits
- Butter an 8x8 pan.
- Combine the oats and cereal and set aside.
- In a large saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar and honey. Stir over medium heat until melted and the mixture begins to bubble.
- Reduce heat and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the vanilla.
- Add the oats mixture and stir until coated. Let cool for a 5 minutes before stirring in all the mix-ins.
- Press into the prepared pan. Use a piece of parchment paper to press it down so everything sticks together.
- Let cool on the counter for 2 hours. Refrigerate 1-2 hours before cutting into 10 bars.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 251Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 63mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 2gSugar: 26gProtein: 3g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and are not guaranteed to be accurate. If you need special diet advice, please see a registered dietician.
*The post for No Bake M&M Granola Bars was first published June 25, 2012. The photos and post were updated and republished June 25, 2020.