5 Minute Granola Bars

Super easy snack idea for you guys today.  5 Minute Granola Bars.  Only 6 ingredients and 5 minutes to throw them together.  You can even make them nut free for school friendly snacks!  Use this 5 Minute Granola Bars recipe as a base, and add in whatever flavors you like.

If you like no bake bars, you will also like my Almond Joy Protein Bars and my Almond Butter Protein Bars.

5 Minute Granola Bars - My Whole Food Life

These bars are vegan and gluten free.  I will provide a nut free option in the recipe as well.  If you wanted to boost the protein a little more, you could add some chia seeds or hemp hearts.

If you are a visual person, I created this short video showing you how to make the bars. For more videos, you can subscribe to my You Tube Channel.

5 Minute Granola Bars

5 Minute Granola Bars

Prep Time 5 min Serves 8 bars or 18 small squares     adjust servings



  1. In a food processor, combine the oats, peanut butter, pepitas, salt and maple syrup. Then add in the chips and pulse a few times to get them evenly mixed in.
  2. Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper. Leave enough paper to come out the sides.
  3. Press the mixture down well into the 8x8 pan . You really want to pack it so the bars hold together.
  4. Place the pan in the fridge to set. Should take 30 minutes.
  5. Once set, pull the whole thing out of the pan by the extra ends of parchment paper. Use a pizza cutter to cut them into bars or squares. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. They should last a couple weeks. Enjoy!


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54 thoughts to “5 Minute Granola Bars”

  1. These look great. Your older granola bar recipe is a staple in our house! I would like to try this one for the quickness though. One question though, If I grind my rolled oats for making quick oats, I need to do that first until I finish grinding, measure out 2 cups, and then throw it all together in processor? Thanks!
  2. These look yummy but all your recipes are delicious. I just got your book from Amazon and I love, love, love it!!! Thanks for your great recipes!
  3. These look great!! A simple thing to make for snacks after the kids go to bed tonight. I always laugh when I read a recipe will last a couple of weeks in the fridge. Does anyone seriously make a snack like this and not eat them all before the end of the week?! I'm lucky if granola bars last a couple of days!!
        1. If you decide to invest in a food processor, I have this one and I love it. Amazon link: http://tinyurl.com/processor-mwfl
  4. Wow, those look great! I can see only one problem with your description, though: In our house, I don't think there's a one in a million chance that they'd "last" a couple of weeks! ;) LOL!
    1. Haha! Same with our house, but I have to write that. Someone ALWAYS asks! I wonder who these people with serious will power are haha!
  5. Ooh, a 5-minute granola bar?? I can't wait to try! I have GOT to get my son off those icky store-bought ones he loves, which I caved and bought because all the other granola bar recipes I've tried were too much work for something he didn't love. I've never even tried Nutella because it seems like a toothache waiting to happen. By the way, you have so inspired me on my journey of healthy eating — and getting me to dive into the world of sugar-free, vegan cooking — that I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award (nomination post here: http://healthylittlechanges.com/2015/04/21/a-blog-award-plus-my-10-favorites/). Thank you for inspiring me, and for bringing your four-ingredient chocolate peanut butter cupcakes into my life. I'm not joking when I say I ALWAYS have them on hand. ALWAYS. They're part of my life now :)
    1. Thank you!! I am sorry, I don't know the nutritional info, but you can upload the recipe into My Fitness Pal for a rough estimate.
  6. I din't had pepitas so i used coconut powder instead....and they still taste amazing :) Thanks for this lovely recipe.
  7. I tried these and the taste is good but mine turned out crumbly. They were hard to cut because they wanted to fall apart. I stuck them in the freezer for a bit and will try to finish cutting them again. Any idea what might have gone wrong? I used a combo of quick oats and rolled oats as that's what I had on hand.
    1. Maybe it was the rolled oats? The quick oats are smaller and bind to the peanut butter better. I am so sorry yours were crumbly. :(
  8. Do you think this recipe would work, but rolled into balls? I'm going to give it a try, and if it doesn't I guess I'll just mush it back together and put in a pan.
  9. Hi! I love your website and spend a lot more time than I should drooling over your recipes. I live in Cambodia where a lot of the ingredients aren't readily available--or are too far out of my price range. These, however, I was able to make (almost exactly according to recipe!) thanks to a friend who brought pumpkin seeds from Malaysia a while back. I decided to make it with cashew butter because the available brands of peanut butter here are either the scary one-million ingredient brand, or a local brand that kind of tastes like dirt (and peanut butter is one of my favorite foods, so it takes a lot for me to look elsewhere!). That required me making cashew butter...which is delicious and the richest thing I think I've eaten in 6 months. So far, I think they turned out well! Because of the heat and humidity everything melts suuuuper fast but I'm hoping that a slumber-party in the freezer will solidify these babies right up! This also gave me an excuse to buy chocolate for the first time in almost two years. Sadly for me there were only large bags of chips available... ;) Thanks so much for your blog and great recipes! Many of them are so easy to adapt for my environment and what's available, even out here.
  10. These were so good and easy to make, but the best part is that they are breakfast on the go. As many of you would know how some mornings can get crazy so just grab one of these and you are done. Also, cut them a bit smaller and you have a nice snack or even dessert. Your recipes are great and I always open yours before my work ones...don't tell my boss!!!

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