No Bake Chewy Granola Bars

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These chewy granola bars are SO simple to throw together and loaded with wholesome, real ingredients. They are naturally sweetened with honey and peanut butter so you can feel good about feeding them to your family!

Tower of stacked chewy granola bars

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How do I make chewy granola bars?

You’ll start by heating coconut oil, peanut butter, honey and a pinch of salt in a large pot over low heat. 

Once that melts together and is smooth and creamy you’ll add The Soulfull Project 4 Grain Blend oats, chopped pecans, dried cherries and pumpkin seeds. 

Stir it all together and press it in to the bottom of a foil lined 8×8 baking dish. Then refrigerate for a couple hours, slice and enjoy!

Counter top filled with ingredients to make chewy granola bars

Can I make these granola bars vegan?

Yes! These granola bars can be made vegan by substituting the honey for agave nectar. I would not recommend using maple syrup in place of the honey as it’s not quite thick enough to help bind everything together. 

Collage of photos showing the ingredients for the granola bar base in the pot and then after melting them on the stove
Overhead shot of pouring oatmeal into the pot to make granola bars

Can I add different dried fruits and nuts? Chocolate chips?

Of course! Chocolate chips are one of my favorite granola bar add-ins and would taste great with this peanut buttery base. Just make sure you keep the ingredient ratios the same.

If you’re subbing chocolate chips for dried cherries, use 1/2 a cup of chocolate chips in place of the 1/2 cup of dried cherries. Same goes for the nuts or pumpkin seeds; keep the ratios the same and the granola bars will turn out great! 

Collage of 4 photos of mixing the granola bar ingredients in the pot, pressing them into the pan and then slicing the bars with a knife

Can I make these granola bars ahead of time?

Yes! They will need at least 2 hours in the fridge to fully set up so making these granola bars ahead of time is a great idea. You can store them in an airtight container for up to a week, which makes them a great option for on-the-go breakfast during the busy work week!

Overhead shot of a tower of granola bars close up

What makes The Soulfull Project different? 

The biggest difference between The Soulfull Project and other hot cereal makers is their mission! For each serving of hot cereal purchased, they donate a serving of hot cereal to a local food bank.

Which means while you’re feeding your family wholesome, healthy food, they are feeding families in your community that same wholesome food.

It may be the season of giving, but this company gives back all year round which is why they’re one of my favorites!

Cutting board with granola bars and dried cherries scattered about

Where can I find The Soulfull Project oatmeal in my area?

You can find The Soulfull Project products at your local Hy-Vee grocery store or click here to find a retail location near you!

Homemade chewy granola bars stacked high on the counter

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No Bake Chewy Granola Bars

  • Author: Midwest Foodie
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12 bars
  • Category: Brunch
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


These chewy granola bars are SO simple to throw together and loaded with wholesome, real ingredients.


  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • pinch salt
  • 2.5 cups The Soulfull Project 4 Grain Blend OatmealĀ 
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecans
  • 1/4 cup roasted pumpkin seeds


  1. Heat coconut oil, peanut butter, honey and salt in a large pot over low heat.
  2. Once the mixture is smooth and creamy, add oats, cherries, pecans and pumpkin seeds to the pot and stir to combine. Stir until all ingredients are well coated.
  3. Line an 8×8 baking dish with foil.
  4. Pour granola bar mixture into the pan. Use the back of a spatula to press the granola mixture firmly in an even layer.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Slice into 12 bars and enjoy!


Chewy granola bars can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

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