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).



*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.