No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars- My Version

A couple of weeks ago I came across this recipe on Once a Month Mom. I pinned it and have been looking forward to trying it. One of the things Eli will always eat are the kids Cliff Bars. This has been running us at least $6 a week though, so I’d like to try to see if I can make a more economical homemade version.

I made quite a few substitutions however. The original recipe calls for peanut butter, powdered nonfat milk (both of which Eli is allergic to) and corn syrup (which we just generally try to avoid). I also substituted light brown sugar for the dark brown sugar simply because that was what was in the cupboard. In the future I’d like to try this recipe using honey instead of the Blue Agave Nectar.

Here is the recipe as I made it today.


1/2 cup Blue Agave Nectar

1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

3/4 cup nut butter of choice (I used a mixture of almond and sunflower seed butters)

1/2 cup goat’s milk powder

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cup granola cereal

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Line a 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2 ” baking pan with parchment paper.

Heat the Blue Agave Nectar and the brown sugar together in a large sauce pan until the sugar dissolves, then let it simmer another half a minute.

Remove from heat. Add the nut butter, milk powder and the vanilla and stir until creamy.

Add the remaining ingredients. I found I needed to add a little extra granola than the recipe called for, perhaps due to some of the other substitutions. I just shook some in from the box until it looked right (no amounts of goo not coating granola). This picture was taken before I added more cereal.


Dump it in the pan and press down.


Let it cool for 1 hour then turn onto a cutting board and cut into bars. As these are for a little guy I cut the bars quite small. The recipe gave me 16 granola bars.

I wrapped each one in waxed paper and tied with a bit of string so I can throw these into his bag when we go out. When we unwrap one I put the wrapper and string in a baggie to save for the next time I make the recipe.

And for the Eli test…

Though the picture is blurry Eli is clearly pleased!

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  1. Malou said,

    January 21, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    This looks very nice. Your Eli has shown approval so I guess my daughter will approve too 😉

  2. January 21, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Hi there! Thanks for the nice comments on the dryer sheet envelopes! Just wanted to come and say hi. I read about your little Eli and I pray that all turns out okay for him and your family. All my best 🙂

  3. randalin said,

    January 21, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I have to try these. Kale also loves the Cliff bars!

  4. Courtney S. said,

    January 21, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Do they have a goopy texture? If they are “Dry” Tyler might eat them…if they have any goo to them forget it…lol

    • January 22, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      I wouldn’t say goopy… especially after I added in extra granola. They are stickier than the kids Cliff bars though. I’m not too thrilled about that as it is really hard to clean Eli’s teeth as it is. I just give him some apple slices after though. But Tyler doesn’t eat fruit, so if there are teeth brushing issues there I don’t know if you’d want these sticking to his teeth.

  5. January 23, 2012 at 10:01 am

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  6. Nancy said,

    January 23, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Wow…those look scrumptious! I just love recipes like this that are a bit flexible. Substitutions are great for allergies, but also if you’re wanting to make it again and again and want to introduce other flavors. Visiting via Artful Rising today!

  7. January 23, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Looks yummy! I’m going to try this. Hopefully me kids will love it, too.

  8. Veronica said,

    January 24, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    I have to try making this! Thanks for sharing.

  9. January 25, 2012 at 6:01 am

    Well if your Eli likes it must be good. No bake chewy bars are right up my alley, so I will be giving these a try. They certainly look yummy, Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday’s Best party!

  10. Jonnique said,

    January 27, 2012 at 1:05 am

    These look great! Please post at my Taste This Thursday party!

  11. Maria said,

    January 27, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    These look great!!!! I actually made two types of granola bars recently too! Come check them out!

    • January 27, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      I visited your blog and pinned the coconut, chocolate and almond granola bars. I’ll be trying them soon.

      I tried leaving you a comment there but couldn’t get past your word verification. I’ve been having a lot of trouble with that with Blogger blogs the last few days. About 50% of the comments I try to leave are never accepted no matter how many times I (correctly!) enter the word verification. You might find you get a lot more comments if you can figure out how to turn it off. If I’m having this much of a problem with it perhaps a lot of other people are too.

  12. Crystal said,

    January 28, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Those look yummy. What a good idea.

  13. Kelley said,

    January 30, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    What a great recipe.. and I love Eli’s sweet face! You can tell he enjoyed them 🙂

    Thanks for linking up to Financial Friday 🙂

  14. amy said,

    February 1, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Yum! I’m so glad you shared this recipe at Shine on Fridays!!

  15. Amy Lynn said,

    May 4, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Thank you for Sharing! I have most of these ingredients at home and can’t wait to try this weekend!

  16. Davina said,

    May 25, 2012 at 4:45 am

    These look great and I will try them out soon. I just made these no bake ones for my boys (and myself) and we loved them…

    • May 25, 2012 at 8:06 am

      Can’t wait to try yours as since I posted this we’ve gone gluten-free and dropped even the goat’s milk. I can tell your site will be a rich resource for us! Thank you for your visit and comment.

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