Crispy almond butter granola bars are no-bake and gluten free

Servings: 24 serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes

Crispy almond butter granola bars are no-bake and gluten free

No-bake cookies and bars were the first treats I learned to make on my own. The recipes were always extra easy, usually included some kind of cereal and always made a big batch.

I got my Brownie “Baking” badge by making peanut butter cereal squares all by myself and I learned to make Rice Krispies squares over a fire at summer camp.

 Crispy almond butter granola bars are no-bake and gluten free

There is a lot to be said for getting kids cooking at a young age. When you have mastered cereal squares then it’s onto chocolate chip cookies, and may be a cake or muffins….

This is the lasting value of the Brownie “Baking” badge:

  • Once you develop a taste for homemade treats it’s hard not to feel underwhelmed by the packaged version.
  • Setting kids free in the kitchen builds their confidence in the kitchen and that little bit of know-how will stand them in good stead when they’re off on their own.  There’s a chance they’ll do more cooking from scratch, rely less on processed, packaged foods and be healthier over all.

 Crispy almond butter granola bars are no-bake and gluten free

So here I am, back where it all began, making cereal squares.

It had been years (decades?) since I last cooked with Rice Krispies and when I first tasted Vanessa’s squares I realised how much I loved that unmistakable crispy texture. They can transform a granola bar (just ask my kids).

 Crispy almond butter granola bars are no-bake and gluten free

This is one of those recipes that you can adapt to suit your tastes by mixing and matching the nut, seed, dried fruit, chocolate combinations.

School-friendly option: Replace the almond butter with sunflower seed butter.

Vanessa’s crispy almond butter granola bars

  •  2 cups rolled oats (not instant), gluten free if that’s what you require
  • 2 cups Rice Krispies cereal (gluten free variety)
  • ¼ cup ground flax seed
  • ½ cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • ½ cup slivered almonds, pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds (or a combination)
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips or dried cranberries (or both)


  1. Line a 9”x13” pan with parchment paper or grease it thoroughly. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine rolled oats, cereal and ground flax.
  3. Measure out the slivered almonds (or seeds) and chocolate chips and set aside.
  4. In a small saucepan combine molasses and brown sugar. Cook over medium heat until sugar dissolves then bring to a boil for 30 seconds to a minute.
  5. Remove from heat and quickly add almond butter (or sunflower seed butter). Stir to combine.
  6. Working quickly, pour sugar mixture over dry ingredients and mix well.
  7. Quickly add the almonds and chocolate chips, using your hands if necessary.
  8. Still working quickly, press into prepared pan.
  9. Cool and cut into squares. Makes 24 squares

Nutritional information:

Calories 140

2.2 gr fibre

Good source of vitamin E, magnesium and manganese

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15 thoughts on “Crispy almond butter granola bars are no-bake and gluten free

  1. Penny says:

    yum.. can’t wait to make these

  2. Penny says:

    could special K be used instead of rice krispies?

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Penny,
      I’m sure Special K would be great in these bars.

  3. Carol says:

    Could you use a brown sugar substitute to cut down on the calories?

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Carol, A brown sugar substitute is worth a try or you could simply reduce the amount of brown sugar. You might have to play with the consistency a bit.

  4. Ann Booren says:

    where in a grocery store would one look for almond butter?

    1. Hi Ann, You can usually find almond butter with peanut butter in grocery stores. In some stores it may be in the natural food section (still with peanut butter though). It’s very tasty and really nutritious. Enjoy!

  5. Margaret says:

    What can one substitute for the Molasses? Live in Toronto and have not see it here.
    Looks delish and I would love to make.

    1. Hi Margaret, You should be able to find our fancy molasses in Sobeys, Loblaws and Metro stores. Honey would work if you’re stuck.

  6. Oliva Fournier says:

    I love to try a lot of receipes. Some I’ll make it again and again. So tomorrow I’ll try some of them and if me and my husband like it then we’ll cooked it a lot.
    Thank you
    Oliva Fournier

    1. Hi Olivia, I hope you found some recipes you loved.

  7. Coleen Daley says:

    Hi Bridget. These look very tasty except for the ground flax seed. I am not crazy about the flavor ( it always tastes fishy to me). Could you recommend some other ground seed?

    1. Hi Coleen, You could always try wheat germ instead of ground flax. I often use them interchangeably. Also, have you tried golden flax? It’s a little milder than brown flax.

  8. Swapna Sudhakaran says:

    Hi, Can u suggest me an alternate to using brown sugar, is honey advised? If yes, pls let me know the proportion. Can these bars be baked for crisp and stiffness of each bars also for them to have a longer shelf life…???

    1. Marie-Pierre Lessard says:

      Hello Swapna,
      Yes, you can use honey. A general rule is to use ¾ cup of honey for every 1 cup of brown sugar.
      These bars can be stored in a airtight container for a few days.

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