I haven't made homemade granola bars in a while. I'm not sure why. Just one of those things that I make incessantly for a time, until everyone is completely sick of granola bars - and then I don't make them at all for months. It's been months. These oatmeal raisin no bake granola bars were a good way to get back on the granola bar making train.
The kids have even been noticing that I haven't been making as much snack food as usual. You know you need to start again when they start looking at their lunches and sighing because it's exactly the same every single day of the week.
There were actually gasps and cheers when they walked in the door after school and caught sight of these granola bars. Maybe they need to get out more? Need a little more excitement in their lives if granola bars elicit cheers? Possibly.
I can't really blame them though. These are so tasty, so easy, and super customizable. Plus, there's only seven ingredients, and one of them is salt, so that doesn't even count. That's a quick and easy snack that you can feel good about giving to the kids. Or eating yourself (obviously).
These are actually reminiscent of Rice Krispie squares, but without the marshmallows and butter so they're a whole lot healthier. Which is actually why I used Rice Krispies in them, to make them a bit treat-like even though they're actually quite healthy.
And for the crunch. I love using crispy cereals in my granola bars to make them nice and crunchy. You could easily swap those out for more rolled oats or some puffed rice though, if you prefer.
And then make many more variations, because you know these oatmeal raisin no bake granola bars won't last long.
Adapted from 150 Essential Whole Grain Recipes.