No-Bake "Food Storage" Granola Bars

printed from Pennies & Pancakes

(NOTE: Try using a 13x9 pan instead. When I used to make these, back when I first posted the recipe,  I pressed the mixture into one side of a jelly roll pan. Kinda silly, since I discovered after several go arounds that it fits PERFECTLY into a 13x9.)

*Makes 28 bars


1/2 cup honey

1/3 cup packed brown sugar 

1/4 cup peanut butter (crunchy)

1/4 cup unsalted butter

4 cup Quick Oats (not rolled oats)

2 cups crispy rice cereal

3 teaspoons vanilla


In a large bowl, stir crispy rice cereal, quick oats together.

In a medium saucepan, combine honey, butter, and brown sugar. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat then bring the temperature down to low, and simmer till sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Pour in vanilla and stir.

Pour hot butter/sugar mixture over dry ingredients. Stir until all ingredients are moistened. Press into a parchment-lined jelly roll pan.

Press the granola bar mixture as closely and as tightly together as you into one end of the pan at about 1/2-3/4 inch thickness. Any thinner, and the bars will not hold together. Cool on the counter till they reach room temperature.

Cut into bars (I did 4 X 7). Wrap in plastic or store in a ziplock bag.

*You may add chocolate chips, dried fruit, nuts, coconut, etc. if desired.