No-Fuss Cranberry Almond Granola Bars

Servings: 18 serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 45 minutes

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Packing healthy snacks just got a whole lot easier with this recipe for crispy cranberry almond granola bars. These bars are low-sugar and easy to make nut-free. 

Crispy Cranberry Almond Granola Bars are no-bake, healthy and gluten free

Healthy snack food

Packing healthy snacks for the ski hill, car trips or any old time isn’t always simple. Grabbing fruit is easy but finding a sweet treat that my kids will eat, is tasty, satisfying and full of healthy stuff isn’t always simple.

To keep my kids full (or at least full enough to last until lunch or supper) I need something that will stick with them, takes time to digest. I also need something that feels a bit like a treat because homemade snacks have tough competition…My kids’ first choice is always a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

These Crispy Cranberry Almond Granola Bars fit the bill. They’re a sweet treat that’s a bit healthy.

Crispy Cranberry Almond Granola Bars are no-bake and healthy.


To make these school-friendly, or simply change them up, replace the almonds with a mixture of sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. To really amp up the nutrition use half blackstrap molasses.


No-Fuss Cranberry Almond Granola Bars

Crispy almond granola bars

These crispy no-fuss granola bars are quick to put together. Easy to make nut-free. Low in sugar (especially compared to store-bought granola bars).

  • Author: Bridget Oland
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 18 generous bars 1x


  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats*
  • 2 cups crisp rice cereal*
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup whole almonds, toasted
  • ⅓ cup butter
  • ⅓ cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4½ oz (125 grams) coarsely chopped dark chocolate

*To make these gluten free choose gluten-free rolled oats and crisp rice cereal.


  1. Line a 9”x9” pan with parchment paper or grease it well.
  2. Combine the oats, rice cereal, cranberries and almonds in a large bowl.
  3. Melt butter, molasses and brown sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a gentle boil and cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract (it will sputter).
  4. Pour hot syrup over the oat mixture and stir to combine. Allow to cool for a minute then stir in chopped chocolate. Press mixture firmly (and I mean firmly) into prepared pan and ensure it gets right to the edges. Try laying a sheet of parchment paper overtop to make it easier to press down.
  5. Refrigerate until set and cut into bars.


Calories (kcal) per bar 194.9
Fat (g) 9.4
Saturated Fat (g) 3.9
Trans Fat (g) 0.2
Cholesterol (mg) 9.5
Sodium (mg) 54.3
Potassium (mg) 216.6
Carbohydrate (g) 25.5
Fibre (g) 2.7
Sugar (g) 11.2
Protein (g) 3.5
Vitamin A (RAE) 29.8
Vitamin C (mg) 0
Calcium (mg) 41.2
Iron (mg) 2.1
Vitamin D (μg) 0
Vitamin E (mg) 2.1
Thiamin (mg) 0.1
Riboflavin (mg) 0.1
Niacin (NE) 1.2
Folate (DFE) 6


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5 thoughts on “No-Fuss Cranberry Almond Granola Bars

  1. Ellen Egan says:

    I love your recipe’s.

  2. J aime beaucoup les recettes elles sont tres bonnes.merci

  3. Marsha Ann Jukes says:

    Thank you

  4. Anastasia Polychronopoulos says:

    Can I substitute dark chocolate chips for the coarsely chopped dark chocolate ?

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Anastasia, Yes, chopped dark chocolate would be delicious in these granola bars.

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