No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Granola Bars are easy to make at home and taste MUCH better than store bought granola bars. They are a great back to school or anytime snack!

No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Granola Bars are easy to make at home.

How is it already back to school time? The summer went way too fast. I know I don’t’ have to go back to school and Caleb is still too young, but still. I am not ready for fall just yet. I still want to enjoy the summer sun and pretend I am on summer break.

To help make the back to school transition a little easier I have a fun and easy recipe for you today, No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Granola Bars. This easy granola bar recipe is a great back to school recipe. You can pack the granola bars in lunch boxes or save them for an easy after school snack.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Granola Bars are a great kid friendly snack

I’ve always been a granola bar fan, but they are expensive to buy at the store and some ingredient lists can be long and scary. I prefer to make my own to save money and so I know exactly what is going in them.

I love these No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Granola bars because they are beyond easy to make and they are SO good. They are chewy with a little crunch from the pretzels and crispy cereal. I love the peanut butter, pretzel, and chocolate combo too. You can’t go wrong with sweet and salty if you ask me!

Easy homemade no-bake granola bars

I chill the bars for about 30 minutes before cutting them. They will keep in the refrigerator for up to a week. They might last longer, but they have never lasted longer than a week in our house.

You are going to want to have these No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Granola Bars on hand all school year long. They are the best snack ever! Your kids are going to thank you when they find a granola bar waiting for them in their lunchbox or on the counter when they come home from school.

Adults and parents-I won’t tell if you make a batch just for yourself. I know you are going to want to hide some granola bars from the kids so you can have a tasty snack too! They are great to take on road trips, picnics, or for an easy on the go breakfast or snack!

Start Β the school year off right by making these easy homemade granola bars. They are better and healthier than store bought granola bars!

You might also enjoy my other easy granola bar recipes:

No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Granola Bars make a great snack! These easy homemade granola bars are a family favorite!

No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

These no-bake granola bars are easy to make and kids and adults love them! They are perfect for picnics, lunch boxes, or snack time!
Prep Time
15 minutes
Total Time
15 minutes
8 -10 bars


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1/2 cup crispy rice cereal
  • 3/4 cup chopped pretzels
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips


  1. Cut out an 8 x 8 inch square of parchment paper. Place the parchment paper in the bottom of an 8 x 8 inch baking pan.
  2. In a large sauce pan, add butter, brown sugar, honey and peanut butter. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally until the mixture starts to bubble. Once bubbling, cook for 2 minutes while stirring. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. Stir in the oats, crispy cereal, and pretzels. Stir until well coated. Pour into the prepared pan. Press the mixture evenly into the pan. Sprinkle the mini chocolate chips over the top and gently press into the granola bars with your hands.
  4. Place the bars in the refrigerator and let cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting. Cut into bars and serve.
  5. Note-I store the bars in the refrigerator. I've kept them in the fridge for up to a week and they are still tasty! For gluten-free, use gf oats and pretzels.


Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. These were great! I’m taking them to a football game tonight for the family to snack on while we cheer on my little brother in his first varsity game! I will definitely be making these again!

  2. Made these yesterday afternoon … couldn’t believe how easy it was and how amazing they taste! I will make these for the rest of my life! Thanks!

  3. I love your blog and have made several recipes, but I think this one is my absolute favorite! It is the perfect combo of ingredients, and super easy too! My 2-year old loves them as much as I do. I’m making them again tonight!

  4. I just made these and they are sooo yummy!!! I only had large rolled oats so next time I will blend them a little first so the bars stay together better!

    Thanks for a delicious snack idea

  5. These sounded so good that I knew that I wanted to make them ASAP. Thankfully, finding all of the necessary ingredients in my pantry meant that ASAP came immediately. Guess what’s going in my daughter’s lunchbox tomorrow (if they make it through the night, that is)? Thanks for another yummy recipe!! πŸ™‚

  6. Just made these, my daughter starts Kindy tomorrow and I’m an emotional mess! A healthy homemade snack is just what I wanted to send with her. I’m not the best cook so these being no-bake made them a winner. Can wait to try them, longest 30 minutes ever!

  7. Just made these this evening, very easy and smell delicious(in the fridge cooling) but like some of the other comments,the mini chips melted before or as I was trying to press them in:(. Any suggestions other than waiting till the mixture cools a little? Thanks love your website and recipes,made your zuccini,choc. chip and dried cranberry cookies, yummy.

  8. I just made these. I totally made changes based on what I had in the house and they were awesome. I will definitely add this to my keeper recipe file. Thanks!

  9. These WERE so good. AND so easy. Its like a no bake cookie meets a Take Five candy bar. They didnt last long in our home. Do you have a recipe without peanut butter for the allergic or just to be able to jack up the flavors with things that dont go with pb? Like my favorite, coconut. Heather

  10. My 2 year old son and I just made these and they are crazy delish! I am so sad that I have been buying granola bars for years and I could of been making these instead. The taste and texture are perfect…I had no idea granola bars could taste like this. Thank you!!!

  11. I love this recipe! I had a dream last night about making homemade granola bars (not sure why; I’ve never made granola before), so of course this morning the first thing I did was run a Google search to find a recipe. I found about 10, but this one caught my eye. The fact that you mix pretzels into the bars is outstanding. How can you go wrong with pretzels, peanut butter, and chocolate chips? πŸ™‚ My family is healthy, but not to the extreme, so I think this recipe just might work. Thanks for the post!

  12. These disappeared in a flash in my house. I didn’t have mini chips so I just chopped up some regular ones. So much healthy than packaged, and my guys thought they tasted better too. Thank you!

  13. Have made these a couple of times and they are deliciously easy! I added some dried cranberries and some ground flaxseed meal (shh!). They are so popular, I have to send extras with my daughter to school because her friends love her snack so!

  14. Anybody substituting anything for honey? I just made these with a combo of honey (only had about a quarter of a cup), corn syrup, and maple syrup (I doubled the recipe). I’m worried they won’t stick together. Of course they’re cooling now, patience is a virtue… I used old fashioned rather than quick oats too – we’ll see… The recipe sounds perfect certainly – I’m hoping I didn’t screw it up πŸ™‚

  15. πŸ™ totally falling apart; it’s been at least 1 hour in the fridge… Now, was it the liquid sweetener mixture or whole oats rather than quick??? I’d love some advice – thanks! Oh, they taste INCREDIBLE! Added coconut and chopped almonds, too…

  16. Been trying to come up with other things to bring to work than fruit, and stumbled upon this! Had everything on hand so a batch is cooling as we speak. I can wait to try them, what a fantastic recipe, THANKS!!! I omited the rice, added craisens and used white choc chips instead of regualr as Im not a huge fan of chocolate. I cant wait to try a few other combos as well!! πŸ™‚

  17. LOVE! I made a batch last week for my family and they went so quickly that I decided to double the recipe and make again. I just put my 13 x 9 dish into the fridge. :). Thanks for this delicious and easy recipe!

  18. Love the addition of pretzels! Could I substitute something else for the honey…such as maple syrup? Kiddos aren’t so fond of a strong honey taste in the bars. Definitely going to give them a try, though!

  19. Awesome! Easy to make – I improvised with a cereal I had on-hand. everyone loves them! I will be experimenting with different ingredients..Thanks!

  20. I am not a mother but wanted a good recipe for a granola bar to take to work. These are amazing!! I didn’t add the pretzels because I’m not a big fan but they turned out beautifully! This will be my go to recipe!!

  21. These are dElicious! I love the addition of pretzels and the salty flavor and crunch! I didn’t have honey and used corn syrup, and Cheerios instead of rice krispies. Thank you for your granola bar recipes. I have been freezing them and sending them with my husband to work. Last week I made the pumpkin chocolate chip ones!

  22. I made these last night and they are delicious! My only complaint is mine were pretty crumbly..any ideas to make them firmer? I used old fashioned oats instead of quick ones but I don’t think that would have been the issue. Thanks!!

  23. I started a 30 day food challenge (I stuck with it and now am close to 80 days in) to use up leftovers, buy less impulse items, use up what I have at home. I had about a cup of cocoa crispies and a cup and a half of quick oats and set to work on your recipe. I can’t tell you thank you enough! They were great. I was short 1/2 cup of oats, but had an extra 1/2 cup of cereal so I tried that. I also did 1/3 of the pan with butterscotch chips, 1/3 with lemon, and 1/3 with cinnamon chips. Yum! My family enjoyed them so much that I put your site into my blog ( Thanks again!

  24. This is my second try making my own granola bars. I’ve done bake and no-bake. They taste great but they won’t stick together, they keep falling into crumbles. Not sure why.

  25. These are great! I had no pretzels so I substituted corn flakes and they were delicious. So many possibilities with a great base recipe.

  26. These were absolutely wonderful. Who knew I could make granola bars?? LOL! What are your thoughts on adding bananas? I was thinking about trying that but wasn’t sure where to put the bananas…with the dry or the boiled?

  27. I screwed up and mixed my choc chips in, so they melted. The bars still tasted good, but they were very crumbly. Wish I could figure out how to make a granola bar that sticks together.

  28. Loved these! I didn’t have pretzels and I have a kid allergic to peanuts so we did biscoff spread and broken biscoff cookies. So good!

  29. These are delicous, my whole family LOVED them, including my husband who doesn’t care for the store bought ones, he says those are like eating tree bark, LOL! (not that he knows what that’s like…lol) Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!!

  30. These look really delicious, but does anyone know the calories on these? I want to make them, but I’ve also just lost 93lbs and counting, trying to stay on

  31. Thanks so much! We love this recipe and my 2 yr old son loves “helping”…including smashing pretzels with my kitchen mallet. Turns out great every time and always sticks together.

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