Friday Food : No Bake Breakfast Bars

One thing I always loved the ease and convenience of eating in the morning growing up and in college was the one and only granola bar. It’s even a staple for the running community. Then I learned I can’t have palm oil, palm kernel oil, or coconut. I also stopped liking peanut butter and honey and any nuts at all. Guess where that leaves me and my precious granola bars? Even homemade like the version I posted last year? Yep, way out in left field, grazing grass instead.

I figured in theory I could use cereal, oats, mix-ins and Karo syrup, but I was put off by using SO MUCH syrup. Then after searching for other recipes I came up with the idea of using sweetened condensed milk. Sure it’s super sweet, but it’s made with milk, that HAS to be better than plain Karo syrup, right?

No Bake Breakfast Bars

No Bake Breakfast Bars. Made with cereal, oats, condensed milk, and fruit.

What you need:

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup rice cereal (I used Attune Foods – Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice)
  • 1-2 cups mix-ins (I used raisins and mini chocolate chips)
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk


  1. Prepare a jelly roll pan or other dish with parchment paper or use a different non-stick surface
  2. In a large bowl or stand mixer with paddle/flat attachment mix your dry ingredients
  3. Add the sweetened condensed milk and mix until well blended
  4. Pour the mixture onto the pan and using your hands or a spatula spread the mixture and form into a square or rectangle. Flatten/smooth as much as possible
  5. Allow mixture to dry then remove from pan, lifting the parchment paper and dumping onto a clean surface
  6. Allow mixture additional time to dry as needed
  7. Using a knife or pastry scraper divide into desired sizes for your bars

Makes approximately (16) 3-inch bars


I think this would work if you didn’t use granola and stuck 100% with cereal.

Skipping the chocolate chips would be fine too, probably not needed with the sweetness of the SCM, but I needed to use up some remaining chips so there ya go.

I really want to do this again, but using just cereal and fruit.

They do crumble a lil and they do stay a lil sticky. Sometimes I think a lil mess is just what you need to expect when eating a granola bar though, right??

I can’t WAIT to find a good combination of stuff to use these while running. Maybe I’ll even just make a batch with some salt thrown in for sweet and salty since I don’t care for nuts.

How long does it take to dry? I left mine overnight and the bottoms were still wet. Not sure if it would have been faster if I have flipped them out of the pan sooner.

It would probably also work if you did want to bake it, maybe it would even be quicker than overnight.

Do you like to make your own snacks? Do you prefer no bake versions of food? Why or Why not?

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