No-Bake Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars

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No-Bake Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars — These homemade granola bars are ready in just 10 minutes! Packed with peanut butter chocolate flavor, they’re bound to be your new favorite snack in no time! 

No-Bake Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars (vegan, GF) - Make healthy bars that taste like candy bars in 10 minutes!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Move over, Quaker Soft and Chewy Granola Bars. You can make these soft, chewy, vegan, gluten-free, and healthier DIY bars in 10 minutes. This homemade granola bars recipe is adapted from my Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars and I included a very similar recipe in my first cookbook.

Readers have said they’re the best granola bars they’ve ever had, their kids love them, and they’re saving so much money making their granola bars at home.

It would have been too easy to just leave the recipe alone. That’s not what food bloggers do. It’s mandatory to keep tinkering.

So I made a chocolate version. Double chocolate. There’s both cocoa powder and mini chocolate chips, and while the chocolate flavor is present, it doesn’t overwhelm the peanut butter flavor. You get a pop of chocolate and peanut butter in every bite, and that’s a beautiful thing.

No-Bake Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars (vegan, GF) - Make healthy bars that taste like candy bars in 10 minutes!

The no-bake granola bars are naturally vegan and gluten-free. Always read labels to select certified brands and the exact ingredients that are right for your dietary needs.

The special ingredient that gives the bars an extremely authentic mouthfeel and texture is crispy rice cereal. As you’re stirring it in, it magically seems to disappear into the very thick mixture, but does so much when you bite down for lightness and subtle crunch.

The batch makes 1 dozen bars, very similar in size to the Quaker version. I wrap them individually in plastic wrap, keep a gallon-sized Ziplock filled with them, and then just toss the bars into school lunches, my purse, or my car.  They’re not too messy which is nice, too.

The chocolate peanut butter granola bars can be customized with the add-ins you prefer, from dried fruit to nuts, making them very versatile.

They taste like a candy bar, but much healthier than eating candy bars or chocolate peanut butter cookies when chocolate + PB cravings strike. They’re my new best friend.

No-Bake Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars (vegan, GF) - Make healthy bars that taste like candy bars in 10 minutes!

What’s in Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars? 

To make these no-bake peanut butter chocolate granola bars, you’ll need: 

  • Light corn syrup 
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Light brown sugar
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Vanilla extract
  • Salt
  • Quick cook oats
  • Crispy rice cereal (such as Rice Krispies) 
  • Mini semi-sweet chocolate chips 

No-Bake Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars (vegan, GF) - Make healthy bars that taste like candy bars in 10 minutes!

How to Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars

In a large, microwave-safe bowl, combine the corn syrup, peanut butter, and brown sugar. Heat on high power for 1 minute, stir, then heat for another minute. 

Add in the vanilla, oats, cocoa, and salt. Then, add 1 cup of the crispy rice cereal and gently stir to combine. If needed, add extra cereal until the right consistency is reached. 

Lastly, mix in 3/4 of the chocolate chips. Turn the mixture into a foil-lined 8×8-inch baking dish, then sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips. Chill the chocolate peanut butter granola bars until set, then slice. 

How to Store Homemade Granola Bars

Bars will keep wrapped in plastic wrap inside a large ziplock at room temperature for up to 1 month, in the fridge for up to 2 months, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

No-Bake Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars (vegan, GF) - Make healthy bars that taste like candy bars in 10 minutes!

Tips for Making Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars

The bulk, heft, and bigtime chewy-factor comes from quick cook oats. Quick cook oats are just whole-rolled oats that have been cut smaller in the manufacturing process to cook quicker. If you typically buy whole-rolled oats, pulse them in your food processor or blender for about 5 seconds and you’ve got quick cook.

It’s important to use quick cook because they behave more like flour, binding together the wet ingredients. Whole-rolled oats are bigger, coarser, and won’t act as a proper binder and the bars won’t hold together.

If you’d rather not use corn syrup in these no-baked granola bars, you’re welcome to use brown rice syrup or honey instead. 

No-Bake Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars — These homemade granola bars are ready in just 10 minutes! Packed with peanut butter chocolate flavor, they're bound to be your new favorite snack in no time! 

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Yield: 12

No-Bake Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars

No-Bake Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars

These homemade granola bars are ready in just 10 minutes! Packed with peanut butter chocolate flavor, they're bound to be your new favorite snack in no time! 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup (brown rice syrup to keep vegan or honey may be substituted)
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, optional and to taste
  • 2 cups quick cook oats (Quaker, Bob’s, or similar; don’t use whole-rolled oats, pulse/grind briefly if that’s what you have)
  • 2 cups crispy rice cereal (Rice Krispies, Erewhon, or similar)
  • 1 cup mini semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips, divided

Instructions

    1. Line an 8×8-inch pan with aluminum foil leaving overhang, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
    2. In a large, microwave-safe bowl combine corn syrup, peanut butter, brown sugar, and heat on high power for 1 minute; stir to combine.
    3. Return bowl to microwave and heat for 1 more minute on high power, and stir to combine.
    4. Add vanilla, cocoa, optional salt, and whisk to combine.
    5. Add oats and stir to combine.
    6. Add 1 cup rice cereal and gently stir to combine so cereal doesn’t become too crushed.
    7. Slowly add the second cup of cereal, stirring while adding to incorporate. Mixture will be very thick, which is good so bars hold together after they’re set up. However, if your mixture seems extremely thick or dry, and doesn’t quite need the entire second cup or cereal, refrain from adding it all.
    8. Add 3/4 cup chocolate chips and stir to combine. The mixture is warm and chips will likely begin to melt, which is okay but the less stirring, the less melting. Reserve remaining 1/4 cup chips.
    9. Turn mixture out into prepared pan and pack it down firmly with a spatula or hands.
    10. Evenly sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips and very lightly tap them down with a spatula.
    11. Cover pan with a sheet of foil (to prevent fridge/freezer smells) and place pan in the fridge for at least 2-3 hours or in the freezer for at least 1 hour, or until bars have set up.
    12. Using foil overhang, remove bars from pan, place on cutting board, and slice. Mine are sliced 4-inches long by 1/2-inch wide, similar in size and shape to Quaker Chewy Granola Bars. Wrap bars individually in plastic warp.

Notes

  • Bars will keep wrapped in plastic wrap inside a large ziplock at room temperature for up to 1 month, in the fridge for up to 2 months, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 285Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 181mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 3gSugar: 26gProtein: 5g

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  1. I tried this for the first time yesterday and they taste amazing. Is it normal that the mixture is super thick already after adding in the first cup of oats? It got so thick and hard to combine after 2 cups of oats so I only managed to add 1 cup of rice krispies.

    1. Sounds like the type of oats you used was probably finer/denser than mine. So no, not normal, but you did the right thing to only add 1 c RK’s. I use Quaker brand whole-rolled oats. In the future you may want to either try that brand or scale back on the brand you use by a little bit.

  2. This recipe looks amazing!
    However, it is very difficult to find light corn syrup where I live. Can I manage with glucose? Other substitutes?

    1. I haven’t tried any other ingredients other than what I wrote so not sure if it will work or not.

  3. I love peanut butter and chocolate combinations. This is a dangerous bar for me to have in the fridge – I keep going back for more. I cut them into small squares (about 3 cm) to try and get them to last longer but I may as well have cut them as you have because I tend to have at least two. My hubbie isn’t a peanut butter fan but he quite likes these. I’d prefer a stronger peanut butter flavour (peanut butter chips would help but we can’t get these in NZ and I haven’t yet attempted to make them myself). I also swapped out the light corn syrup for half brown rice syrup and half honey as I don’t have corn syrup. Very delicious. I’ll be making this again and again.

    1. Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it came out great for you! Glad you’ll make again and again!

  4. I made these yesterday and they are amazing! I’m not really a fan of peanut butter so I used double the amount of cocoa powder, which I actually switched for chocolate protein powder and then only half of the rice crispies. I also added raisins, SO GOOD!!

    1. Thanks for trying the recipe and glad it came out great for you given the swaps and substitutions you made!

  5. Came across this recipe and knew it would be amazing. I was drawn in and really impressed with the short length of time and no cooking involved aspects of the recipe. Made a couple customizations: I used honey instead of corn syrup (healthier option) and I used a combination of chocolate and peanut butter chips. Also, I do not own a microwave so I did this recipe in a saucepan on the stovetop.
    My fiance LOVES them! He’s a huge fan of anything with peanut butter, and since he’s 6’5″, he requires food frequently. This is his new favourite snack!
    Feedback for this recipe: it definitely took longer than 10 min… It took 10 minutes for me to get my ingredients out and measured, took about 10 minutes to combine the wet ingredients and oatmeal, plus another 5-10 min to add the crispy rice cereal and chocolate & pb chips. I put the bars in the freezer to set for 1 hour as the recipe indicated, but I think they probably only needed 20 minutes because I had to wait for them to thaw out before I sliced them. All in all, from start to finish, this recipe took me about 1.5-2 hours.
    Nonetheless, the end results are amazing and the bar look just like the pictures.
    I’m really looking forward to trying more of your recipes! All the pictures you post for your recipes look amazing. :D

    1. Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it came out great for you and that your fiance loves them! I guess after cooking for a living I’m pretty fast around the kitchen and things probably take me less time than for others :)

  6. These are amazing!! Made them today & its hard to believe they’re granola bars. The perfect blend of candy bar & granola bar. Definitely a keeper recipe, thank you!!

  7. Hi Averie,

    I made these today (because it seemed like a healthier alternative to your beautiful brownies and bars) ;)
    I had never made anything with uncooked oats before. So when I first had a bite I quickly got worried and wondered if it was safe to eat. I googled it and it seems okay. I mean you seem to be pretty healthy and you make quite a few granolas with unbaked oats. (For that matter I love nature valley stuff but I have no idea what their cooking process is). But bottom line is that these are nice! And they are super filling. I can def. keep them handy.

    My 6yr old daughter wanted to make cookies the other day so together we made the latest m&m cookie recipe you posted a lil while back. She loved them! :)

    Have a great week. Hope you do something sweet for V-day. If you make your hubby/daughter something sweet can you post a pic of it on your twitter please?

  8. Hi! I love this recipe. I have already done two batches and they are simply delicious. I have a question, do you know how many calories does the bars have?

    Greetings fromMexico!

  9. It looks so good!!!! And the chocolate…hmmm… Great recipe!! Can I skip the sugar? I don’t eat at all except coconut sugar (rarely)!! What do you suggest?

    1. I really haven’t experimented without the sugar but I think they would taste quite bitter and not enjoyable if you left it out due to the cocoa powder.

  10. I have old-fashioned oats – it that considered quick-cooked or whole-rolled? Once you answer-I will know how to proceed. I can’t wait to try this recipe since it has my name all over it.

  11. My 6-year-old and I made these this afternoon. They are absolutely amazing! We made them over the stovetop and it was very easy. Definitely making them again. Thanks for the recipe!!

    1. Glad you and your 6 y.o. are cooking together! How sweet! And glad these are a hit and you’ll make them again!

  12. Hi Averie- These look yum but you may want to clarify a couple things in order to ensure a gluten free status. Quaker Oats aren’t gluten free, Bob’s Red Mill or other certified gluten free oats would be fine…while oats do not contain gluten they get cross contaminated while growing sometimes by wheat in the field or during harvesting. Also I would not only gluten free Rice Krispies, while it is linked to those it doesn’t state that specifically and regular rice krispies contain malt (not gf). Just passing these notes a long. Thank you!

  13. sparks people have a calorie calculator. As written – these are pretty high in calories- over 300 per bar. We don’t count calories here, typically, but do watch sugar so I calculated the recipe info for that reason – about 30 grams per bar as written. I’m going to try the recipe with decreased sugars and add a touch of salt to enhance the flavor. Cut into 16 bars too – perfect size for my young kids. Thanks for the recipe.

  14. I assume I can do this on the stove top instead of the microwave – issue is to heat it up? Cannot wait to try this!

    1. Yes you can although I use the micro for speed and ease and haven’t done it on the stovetop so cannot quote exact times/temps.

      1. Thank you! Am trying to avoid microwave use so I will give it a whirl and let you know!

  15. These are absolutely amazing! I’m about to make my third batch. They go so quickly. Everyone says that they are better than anything you could buy in the store. I’m in love!

    1. Oh I’m so glad to hear everyone loves the bars. They’re one of our favorites, too! And yes, better than anything storebought :)

    1. Not sure, I don’t count, but a pure guess is maybe 175-200 each, that’s a TOTAL GUESS though.

      1. Mine worked out at 242 calories a bar. Not bad considering their more nutritious than a chocolate bar of similar calorie content

  16. I am waiting for these to chill right now and cannot wait to taste one! The recipe reminds me a bit of my favorite no-bake cookies–but of course, these have much less sugar and no butter! Hurrah!

    1. That’s awesome that they have less sugar, no butter, and thanks for trying them – hope they’re almost done chilling now for you and you can sample them! :)

  17. These are so good. Easy for me to make since I’m busy in the morning and need something quick! Plus I love all you recipes. They all look so good! thx!

  18. The Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars were delicious and tasty. I wondered if you might have the number it serves as well as the number of calories in the total recipe.

    1. I get 12 bars from the recipe but I don’t do stats. Use an online calculator to plug the data in on your own if you have the time.

  19. Haha! This is crazy, I have basically an identical recipe on my blog, only I call them Peanut Butter Lovers Bars since they have a little more peanut butter flavor and I baked mine, but funny I mention I wanted to just straight eat the dough by itself, lol! I also use quick oats because they bind better than old fashioned oats. Great minds think alike! Yours look super gorgeous! :)

    1. Thanks for the compliments and I adapted mine from my 2 year old recipe that never fails me, that I also put in my cookbook – well a very similar version. This time I just added cocoa! Your sound great – more PB never hurts :) And I pinned your vegan cheeze whiz. I love nooch (nutritional yeast) – I used to be strictly vegan and cashews, red peppers, and nooch all blended makes the best kale chip coating!

  20. Wow! These are amazing! I made them this weekend – so good and sooo easy to make!!!!! Thank you for the great recipe!

  21. This is EXACTLY what I need! Anything with peanut butter and chocolate gets me hooked but the fact that these are no bake and vegan…Made my day!
    Thanks for this recipe, will be making these later today :)

  22. “No bake,” “double chocolate,” and “peanut butter” all in the same recipe title? Averie, you are definitely my favorite person in the whole wide world right now!! It’s been a bajillion degrees here (well okay, only 90-100, but that’s supposed to happen in July, not May!), and I absolutely hate turning on the oven to get a sweet tooth fix. They’re healthy (yay!!), easy, and have built-in portion control for those of us who lack an ounce of self-restraint when it comes to chocolate and peanut butter together. (Oh goodness, I finally discovered TJ’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups a few days ago… And the package is nearly gone!) Definitely pinning! :)

  23. I’ve never made chocolate granola bars just chocolate granola. That needs to change asap, these look delicious!

  24. These looks sooo good. They look like they would travel well for a picnic or a snack on the road.

  25. Taste like a candy bar?! Heck YES!! I could go for these for my morning snack right about now!

  26. Those look like they would satisfy a candy bar craving for sure, and much better for you!

  27. Love these bars and the fact that they’re so easy to make! I have a favorite granola bar recipe too, but I think they’re a little messier than yours. I would love to try yours and use them on my next hike! Thanks for sharing, Averie! :)

  28. Why have I never tried making my own granola bars? I eat one almost every day! These look FANTASTIC Avery :) They have officially been added to my “to make” list!

  29. These look so delicious! What a smart idea to pulse the oats to make quick cook oats — I had know idea that they help bind granola bars together. Can’t wait to make these!

  30. I’m definitely going to have to make these. I snack all day at work and have been looking at healthier options. It’s also nice to be able to switch things up a bit (I’m getting tired of all the plain almonds I keep around). I love the fact that these are easy and versatile!

  31. These bars look so tempting! Can’t beat a no-bake granola bar that’s packed with chocolate! Pinned!

  32. They look so amazing and they are even better than the original recipe! I love granola bars but I always use agave syrup. Chocolate is my passion, so I need to try this recipe!

  33. Awesome! I love the no bake part. Oh and did I ever mention that I love chocolate. Double chocolate sends me over the edge. Pinning.
    Have a fabulous Wednesday!

  34. These looks so good..granola bars are so expensive so to be able to make them at home is such a cost saver….If you must continue tinkering..may I suggest butterscotch next :)

      1. LOL. I had to put them in lunches and get them out of my kitchen, asap!

  35. I absolutely love peanut butter granola bars, but home-made ones are SO much better! Can’t wait to try these!

  36. These are my favorite chocolate bars – so delicious and easy to prepare without baking. The best combination for healthy snacks with wonderful taste.

  37. Wow these look fantastic! A million times better than any packaged bar I’ve ever had!

  38. Oh my gosh, these look amazing!! Love the addition of the rice cereal, I can almost imagine that crispy crunch they must add. These are totally going on my to do list for tomorrow :)

  39. I tried making granola bars once by baking them and it just didn’t work out and since then I’ve never made them fearing I’ll waste another few kilos of oats and my mum would run after me with a rolling pin! :P I don’t think I need to worry anymore since these are no bake!!! I love that flavor combo and can’t believe that I can eat them without any guilt! That’s just so good! <3

  40. I looove that you made a chocoltey version of these granola bars!!! I can’t get over that they’re vegan and GF and healthyyyy-yay! (and, duh, SO YUM!)

  41. so many granola bars I see look great in pictures but after reading the ingredients I can tell they are going to fall apart the moment I pick them up. Not the case with yours. they look perfectly chewy but hold together nicely. I know my boys would love them

    1. I can tell they are going to fall apart the moment I pick them up. Not the case with yours. <--- so true, and thank you. These don't fall apart. I hate that so much when bars just crumble before your eyes. So frustrating but these aren't that, at all!

  42. I love chocolate and peanut butter together! What a great combo! These look incredibly delicious and would make such a perfect treat!

  43. Oh my goodness, these look so good! I need to make these immediately. Just wondering, what would you suggest swapping the peanut butter for as my son’s school is nut free? Thanks, Averie! Pinned.

    1. I would probably use cookie butter then :) If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s, gosh, find one :) Sunflower seed butter is going to be too thin as well as other seed butters. You need a thick butter like PB or Cookie Butter!

    2. Just made these today with a combination of regular and chocolate soy nut butter, and they came out perfectly! Thanks for the great recipe.

      1. Glad they were a big hit and thanks for LMK you tried them with choc soy nut butter – good to know!

  44. I think I may have just died. I LOVE the thick, the chewy, the oaty, the nutty, the chocolate … it all makes my world go round! Ditto Dorothy, this is my favorite granola bar recipe of yours yet!

  45. I NEED to get on the granola bar making bandwagon. They’re so darn expensive and so easy to make. This is probably my favorite version EVER!

    1. You’ll save so much money and seriously, they BLOW the pants off storebought! It’s like trying to compare apples and oranges – you’re gonna love the results!

  46. Double the chocolate=double the fun. Love that you don’t have to bake these! Pinned.

  47. Glad the tinkering involved double chocolate–I’d love to sink my teeth into one of these! They look so chewy and would satisfy a choc-PB craving. I haven’t bought granola bars in a very long time–too expensive for what you get. Yours are much more dense and satisfying! One of my go-to bars is your PB choc chip coconut oil protein bar recipes–it’s from a while ago but I’ve made it so often I don’t ever have to look at the recipe. Jon requests them too!

    1. I know that recipe well! I made it so often when Skylar was a toddler. Wow, time flies, eh? Like 5 years ago I made that recipe tons & it’s great to hear you still make them! Sometimes I think about deleting old recipes and posts because I hate the photography so much but it’s stories like these that remind me to never do that :)

  48. And these are posted for the perfect timing that is “summer” aka no baking when it’s 90 degrees and humid.
    Oh I hope we don’t have a brutal hot & humid summer. I love the heat I do, but just hate a hot kitchen.
    These look and sound good Av.

    1. Oh I know how it can go from cool/cold to hot hot and humid and a hot kitchen is…miserable! Girl I know!

  49. Lawwwwwd, these look amazing!! Are you packaging these?? Because I am ready to BUY!
    Beautiful job, Averie!

  50. Yum! These look good. I’m always on the look out for new granola bar recipes. Usually when I make them they fall apart so I loved your tip about the quick cook oats :)

  51. Love peanut butter and chocolate! And I love how easy these seem to make! Can’t wait to make a batch at home!

  52. You had me at double chocolate, then you added peanut butter!!! Absolutely love this recipe, Averie, and I’m happy you decided to tinker with the old version!

    1. You had me at the strawberry cake I saw this morning on Pinterest. Omg I am going to be dreaming about that baby :)

  53. This recipe has all the keywords to my heart! No bake, double chocolate, peanut butter… yes please! What a delicious treat!

  54. Definitely trying these when I run out of my current batch of granola bars. Your original PB chocolate chip version is still my favorite granola bar recipe! I recently took a break from it and tried out a couple of other granola bar recipes, but I regretted it as soon as I took my first bite. I love the taste and texture of your bars and I especially love that they’re no-bake. I now refuse to make granola bars that require baking because I know I can make yours with guaranteed delicious results and so much less effort. Thanks again, Averie!

    1. Thank you for saying my original is your fave and that you even had regrets after cheating on the recipe…LOL :) I am so glad you love that recipe and feel the same about the results being excellent without having to BAKE. I agree! If you try these LMK what you think about the original vs. the new!

  55. Ooh! We LOVE your PB chocolate chip bars. I’m sure we will love these, too! Your snickerdoodle bar recipe is also on my to-do list. Yum!

    1. I am so glad to hear that you love them and if you try these LMK what you think about the original vs. the new!

      1. Just tried these. I like them even better than the PB chocolate chip bars. I subbed in white chocolate chips–mostly because I thought they would be less messy to eat–they added a nice pop of contrast color to the bars and tasted divine. I may always make them that way. :) I like your granola bar recipe for road trips–healthier than cookies, but they still seem like a treat.

      2. I bet they’d be excellent with white choc (visual as well as taste contrast; and less messy) but some people hate white chocolate. It’s like raisins or mayo, never knew what major opinions some foods can bring til you start a blog! But I personally love it & bet the bars are great! And yes to healthier than cookies, but they still seem like a treat!