Going back to school can be tough after weeks of sunshine, playing games with friends and watching endless re-runs of Phineas and Ferb. Give your kids’ energy levels a boost with these flavor-packed granola bars — no baking required. They’re quick, nutritious and taste amazing with a little drizzle of melted white chocolate. Check out the recipe below!

Easy no-bake granola bars

Ingredients:

Makes 12 granola bars

– 2 cups quick cook oats (use gluten-free if desired)

– 2/3 cup raisins

– 2/3 cup mixed nuts

– pinch of salt

– ¼ cup coconut oil

– ¼ cup honey

– ¼ cup brown sugar

– 2 drops almond extract (or vanilla extract)

– 2.5 ounces white chocolate, chopped

Easy no-bake granola bars

Instructions:

  1. Chop the nuts into small chunks.
  2. Place the oats, raisins, nuts and salt in a large bowl and mix together.
  3. Place the coconut oil, honey and brown sugar in a bowl and microwave on high in 15-second bursts, until the coconut oil has melted and the sugar is starting to dissolve (takes about 60-90 seconds). Alternatively you can heat in a pan. Pour into the oat mixture along with the almond extract.
  4. Mix together until well combined, then spoon the mixture into a 20×20-centimeter baking tin that has been lined with parchment paper.
  5. Squish down the mixture as much as you can using a spoon. It needs to be really well compacted to ensure the granola bars don’t fall apart. If you have another 20×20-centimeter tin, you can place it on top and use it to smash down the mixture as hard as you can.
  6. Place in the fridge for an hour to firm up, then remove from the tin and cut into 12 slices.
  7. Place the chopped chocolate in a small bowl, and put in the microwave for 30-second bursts until melted. Stir in between each burst. Pipe or drizzle the chocolate on top of the granola bars, and place back in the fridge to set.
  8. Once set, serve straight away, or wrap and store in the fridge or at room temperature until serving (they’ll be a little firmer if served straight from the fridge).
No bake granola bars step 1

Chop the nuts into small chunks.

No bake granola bars step 2

Place the oats, raisins, nuts and salt in a large bowl and mix together.

No bake granola bars step 3

Place the coconut oil, honey and brown sugar in a bowl and microwave in bursts until the coconut oil has melted and the sugar is starting to dissolve.

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Mix together until well combined, then spoon the mixture into a 20×20-centimeter baking tin that has been lined with parchment paper.

No bake granola bars step 5

Press down the mixture as much as you can using a spoon.

No bake granola bars step 6

Place in the fridge for an hour to firm up, then remove from the tin and cut into 12 slices.

No bake granola bars step 7

Place the chopped chocolate in a small bowl and microwave in 30-second bursts until melted. Stir in between each burst. Pipe or drizzle the chocolate on top of the granola bars, and place back in the fridge to set.

Once set, serve straight away, or wrap and store in the fridge or at room temperature until you’re ready to eat them (they’ll be a little firmer if served straight from the fridge).

Easy no-bake granola bars

If you think these look good, just wait until you try them :)

Easy no-bake granola bars

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