Healthy eating is a part of life for me. It’s how I live every single day. My countertops and refrigerators are loaded with fresh fruits and vegetables. I rely on oatmeal for breakfast and lean protein and salads for dinner. I actually look forward to these foods. I crave them just like a lot of people crave fast food and decadent desserts.
I still love eating the occasional giant slice of pie or cake. My day doesn’t feel complete without at least a small portion of candy, even if it’s just a couple Starburst. Life doesn’t have to be about deprivation, only moderation. At least that’s what I believe.
But eating healthy can sometimes get boring. How many ways are there to make a bowl of oatmeal exciting? After awhile they all taste the same. The premise holds for salads. Sure toppings and dressings can be switched up, but sometimes a salad is just a salad.
So I try to get creative in the kitchen, especially when it comes to breakfast bars. I have made my fair share of granola bars here on the blog. These Fruity Pebbles ones are some of my favorites. But I really have never made anything like these. They are sure to make breakfast or snack time much more exciting and keep things super healthy for the New Year.
They are so nutty with coconut, almond butter, and walnuts. Plus the Rice Krispies add an amazing texture. You’ll crave healthy food too if you whip up these no bake, gluten free treats!Print
Nutty Granola Bars #SundaySupper
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 12 bars 1x
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ½ cup almond butter (I really like the maple flavored ones)
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 ½ cups quick cooking oats (gluten free, if necessary)
- 1 cup Rice Krispies (gluten free)
- ½ cup walnuts
- ¼ cup unsweetened flaked coconut
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- Line an 8 inch square pan with parchment.
- In a large microwave safe bowl, combine oil, almond butter, and honey. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Stir. Microwave for an additional minute. The mixture should be bubbling. If it is not, microwave for an additional minute.
- Stir in the vanilla. Stir in the oats, Rice Krispies, walnuts, coconut, and chia seeds. Stir until fully combined and coated with the honey mixture.
- Pour into the prepared pan and smooth into an even layer. Refrigerate until firm. About 2 hours. Cut into bars. Bars may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or frozen wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature for about an hour or in the microwave for 30 seconds.
Additional chilling time is necessary
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
Don’t forget to check out the other Sunday Supper dishes!
- Almond Mocha Smoothie from The Foodie Army Wife
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- Peachilious Smoothie from Peanut Butter and Peppers
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- Fava Bean and Avocado Guacamole from Pancake Warriors
- Homemade Snickerdoodle Peanut Butter from Wallflour Girl
- Norwegian Egg Benedict from Brunch with Joy
- Roasted Pumpkin and Chevre Bruschetta from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- Spicy Curried Lentil Spread with Winter Veggies from Lifestyle Food Artistry
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- Light Creamed Roasted Vegetable Soup from Kudos Kitchen by Renee
- Detox Chicken Bok Choy Soup from Nosh My Way
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- Marinated Tomato and Mozzarella Salad from From Gate to Plate
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- Spinach and Black Bean Ravioletti Soup from Big Bear’s Wife
- Black Pepper Tofu with Black Garlic Sauce from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Fish Steamed with Spicy Couscous from Food Lust People Love
- Greek Style Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce from Nik Snacks
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- Mexican Turkey Cutlets from Magnolia Days
- Meyer Lemon Roasted Chicken Thighs, Fennel & Sweet Potato from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Portuguese Kale Soup from Recipes Food and Cooking
- Salmon with Mushroom Sauce from Cooking Chat
- Skinny Chicken-Leek Pot Pie from The Weekend Gourmet
- Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Quinoa from Bobbi’s Kosy Kitchen
- Slow Cooker Italian Barley & Sausage from Foxes Loves Lemons
- Tomato Basil Soup with Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwiches from Food Done Light
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Thank you for sharing this! I love the use of almond butter. I definitely want to make this for a snack that I take to work.
I’m obsessed with almond butter. It really adds wonderful flavor to these!
These bars would make a great breakfast or afternoon snack. I like all the flavors in them.
I totally want these for a breakfast or snack…they sound fabulous!
These are such a fun healthy snack! I love how chock full of nuts they are…perfect for keeping you full for longer!
Now I would love one of those right this second with my coffee. I love how healthy they are!!
Constance J Smith says
Homemade Granola bars are the best!
Granola bars are so yummy, great that they can be healthy too
Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen says
I have been wanting to make my own granola bars but have just never gotten around to it. Now I know I need to get it done. These sound wonderful!
Homemade granola bars are the best! You will love them, Bobbi!
Sam @ PancakeWarriors says
Oh yum!! These sound just amazing! What a fun twist on rice krispy treats – so much healthier and filling!
Sounds delicious! Homemade granola bars are the best.
Valerie Cathell Clark says
I’m nuts about nuts! Everything about this recipe makes me smile! On my bucket list –hopefully very soon!
Oh, and this recipe is so easy! An easy one to cross off the list!
Katie @ The Perfect Brownie says
I love oatmeal bars! These look delicious!
Cindys Recipes and Writings says
Sounds like a great snack option to me!
The Ninja Baker says
Bravo, Laura to your discipline and ability to moderate in all things…Your granola bars look grrrrrreat! As almond butter is now one of my favorite foods, your mention of the maple flavor infusion is intriguing. Thank you for the recipe =)
You have to try the Justin’s Maple Almond Butter – it is insanely good!
I love trying different kinds of granola bars. These sound so good with the crunchy nuts and seeds!
Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch says
These Granola Bars looks amazing and I know my whole family would love them!
Ohhh, good on you! I’ve been waiting for a rice krispies recipe that doesn’t use marshmallows–totally saving this one for the books! I even have a box of cereal waiting to be used… 😉 happy 2015, Laura dear!
Happy New Year to you Ala! These are the perfect healthy version of a Rice Krispies Treat!
Dionne Baldwin says
these look like granola bars that I would love to make over and over again. I hear you about moderation. I’d love to moderate my way through a batch of these!
K / Pure & Complex says
I am such a HUGE fan of granola bars. So you’ve definitely made my day with this post
Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says
these granola bars are so great! Almond butter is the best and this is totally my kind of healthy eating!
Love almond butter! It is so perfect in granola bars and granola and just spread on an apple or banana.
Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy says
these look PERFECT!
Ruby Red Apron says
Everything inside these granola bars sounds delicious! 🙂
Angie | Big Bear's Wife says
Sometimes healthy eating is boring but there is noting boring about these Nutty Granola Bars!! Love them!
Nothing boring at all! Thanks, Angie!
Thalia @ butter and brioche says
I love making my own snack bars.. so this recipe is ideal for me. Thanks for the delicious recipe!
Nikki @ The Road to Less Cake says
Yum! These look so good!
Thanks, Nikki, and thanks for visiting 🙂
Looks like a great recipe!! trying this!!
Awesome! Let me know how it goes 🙂
Christie - says
These sound amazing. I love the addition of coconut. It is a weakness of mine.
I love coconut in everything too, Christie!
Julie @ Texan New Yorker says
These look so wonderful! I love, absolutely love, putting Rice Krispies in a granola bar. It makes it feel almost decadent while adding only a few calories. And the crunch factor it gives is just awesome. I would be all over these!