No Bake Cherry Almond Granola Bars

I do many granola bar recipes, with four kids you kind of need them around. They are easy to make, cheaper than store bought, healthier than store bought and it’s just plain fun to make. It’s fun to mix things up, try different ways to create a new bar. This one today is a no bake and sets pretty quick, about two hours. If you put it in the freezer, you’re looking at an hour before you can slice and enjoy.

These make a great school snack, lunch snack or after school snack. Or if you’re on the run, these are great to grab and go. It’s a great pick me up mid-day for anyone. 


1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups quick oats
1/2 cup raw quinoa
2/3 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds ( or sunflower seeds)
5 oz dried cherries

In a medium sauce pan combine brown sugar, peanut butter, honey and butter over medium-low heat, stirring frequently.
Bring sugar mixture just to a boil and then continue cooking for an additional 2-3 minutes stirring constantly, or until sugar dissolves. Do not let this burn!   Take it off the heat and stir in oats and quinoa , almonds and seeds until evenly coated. Place parchment paper in an 8×8 inch baking dish making sure the paper hangs over on either side so you can pull out the granola bars and cut them up with ease. Dump the mixture into the lined baking dish and press down evenly. Once it’s all flat and pressed firmly down place in the fridge for about 1-2 hours.  Once hardened you can cut and serve!


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40 thoughts on “No Bake Cherry Almond Granola Bars

  1. Jennifer Williams

    I wonder if I can substitute something for the butter, I have never liked the flavor of butter (I know I am strange). The rest sounds really good, I am a big fan of quiona.

  2. Nicole

    These sound really good. I've never created anything with quinoa but everything I've tried (at restaurants) that had it has been delicious. This would fit into my snack routine nicely.

  3. Katie Vick

    yum! I've never made my own granola bars, but I think I'm going to have to try these! and with quinoa a cherries…yep, they are now on my list!

  4. Ashley Gill

    I keep saying I'm going to make my own granola bars.. My children blow right through them and I feel like we are buying them all the time! Too Much Money!!!

  5. Erica

    I keep seeing great recipes for granola bars but this one is probably my favorite. I love anything that combines fruit and nuts. Pinning for later! Thanks!

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