Monster Trail Mix Granola Bars (No-Bake)

A delicious, no-bake homemade granola bar recipe! Granola bars just got better with Monster Trail Mix!

Monster Trail Mix Granola Bars | MomOnTimeout.com These no-bake granola bars take less than ten minutes to prepare and taste WAY better than any store bought granola bars!

I’ve always loved trail mix.  It’s kind of like the perfect snack right?  Of course, my trail mix usually has chocolate chips and M&Ms because finding those little morsels in my trail mix makes my extremely happy.  With our family as busy as it is right now I am constantly packing up snacks to go.  I swear, my boys eat every thirty minutes.   The other day, I loaded up Bryce in the car to go to Target and as soon as I got the car started he asked, “What snacks did you bring for me?

Seriously?  For the five minute drive to Target this kid now expects a snack?

Reece told me the other day it would be nice if our car had a fridge.  I told him that’s what ice chests were for :)  Ha!

Since I don’t want every single snack to be pre-packaged, I’ve been making a lot of my own lately.  One of our very favorites is these Monster Trail Mix Granola Bars.  They take all of ten minutes to whip together and no baking required – easy!

Monster Trail Mix Granola Bars | MomOnTimeout.com These no-bake granola bars take less than ten minutes to prepare and taste WAY better than any store bought granola bars!

I always have a huge container of Monster Trail Mix on hand and it’s so easy to incorporate it into this yummy granola bar recipe.  To make sure Reece and Bryce are super psyched to eat these granola bars, I pick out some of the M&Ms from the trail mix (not all!) and throw those on top along with some extra chocolate chips.

Monster Trail Mix Granola Bars | MomOnTimeout.com These no-bake granola bars take less than ten minutes to prepare and taste WAY better than any store bought granola bars!

I mean who can resist a granola bar that is studded with sweet M&Ms and chocolate chips?  This absolutely ensures that the granola bars are considered a “treat” and that they get gobbled up quickly :)  The trail mix I use (Archer Farms from Target) has peanuts, raisins, chocolate and peanut butter chips, and M&Ms.  You could easily use a combination of these ingredients to customize your own bars.

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I get 12 nice-sized bars from this recipe.  After chilling for 2 hours, simply cut the entire slab in half and then cut each half into six bars.  See all those little extra crumbs?  Those are mine!

Monster Trail Mix Granola Bars | MomOnTimeout.com These no-bake granola bars take less than ten minutes to prepare and taste WAY better than any store bought granola bars!

Monster Trail Mix Granola Bars (10-minute, no-bake)

12 bars

Monster Trail Mix Granola Bars (10-minute, no-bake)

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1/2 cup crispy rice cereal
  • 1 cup Monster trail mix
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Combine brown sugar, peanut butter, honey and butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring frequently.
  2. Bring sugar mixture just to a boil and then continue cooking for an additional 2-3 minutes stirring constantly, or until sugar dissolves.
  3. Stir in oats and crispy rice cereal until evenly coated.
  4. Let mixture cool for 5 minutes.
  5. (Optional) Meanwhile, pick out a handful of M&Ms from the trail mix and set aside.
  6. Place parchment paper in an 8x8 inch baking dish. Make sure the paper hangs over on either side so you can pull out the granola bars and cut them up with ease.
  7. Once mixture has cooled slightly, fold in trail mix and press into the prepared dish.
  8. Sprinkle M&Ms and chocolate chips over the top of the bars and use the bottom of a bowl or cup to press them into the bars. You don't want them to fall out when cutting!
  9. Place dish into refrigerator and let bars set up for 1-2 hours.
  10. Cut into bars and serve!

Notes

Recipe adapted from Rachael Ray

http://www.momontimeout.com/2013/04/monster-trail-mix-granola-bars/

Monster Trail Mix Granola Bars | MomOnTimeout.com These no-bake granola bars take less than ten minutes to prepare and taste WAY better than any store bought granola bars!

These granola bars are perfect for satisfying hungry tummies while on the run.  Whether it’s a quick snack before swim or soccer practice or a sweet treat in his lunch, I love knowing Reece will polish this snack off without complaint :)

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Comments

  1. They look incredible! I have a no-bake granola bar recipe (relinked it today actually) that uses the same ingredients (except raisins not M&Ms) and they’re my fave granola bar ever. I love that you used M&Ms. I need to get on that!

  2. I love all the chocolate chips and M&M’s on top! I also like that you don’t have to bake them :)

  3. Donna Howard says:

    Trish – I’m a mom to two grown girls!!! So I am a little out of the cereal thing, but what is rice cereal? Is that rice krispies? I know those! Just not sure what to use! But I totally love Monster Mix!! I am going to make these for my husband who will totally fall in love with them — and we’ll convince ourselves that in some way they’re healthy!!!

    • You got it Donna – Rice Kripies or any generic brand will do. My husband loves these too!

      • Donna Howard says:

        Hello Trsh, finally got some Monster mix (love love love that stuff!) and made these today. So here is my question – how in the world do you get them to cut so nice?? I haven’t cut mine yet, but just took them out of the fridge and not sure a knife will go through them!!! I know I’ll ruin them by trying before you get a chance to reply but for next time!!

        Thanks Trish for all you do to help me cook/bake better!!

  4. I can relate. If I don’t have a snack in my purse there is utter mayhem. I often wonder what happens when Mel is out with Jordan alone. Lots of convenience store stops, I’m betting. Trail mix granola bars are pretty much my most favorite thing ever!

  5. Trish, you’re totally keeping your title of “Best Mom Ever,” with these Monster Trail Mix Granola Bars. I’d hug you if you whipped out one of these from your purse for me. Pinning!

  6. Those look awesome! Definitely want to give these a try :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  7. Wow! These look great Trish! My family is going to loves these:)

  8. Yum! That is my kind of granola bar!

  9. Those look fantastic! Pinned to share :)

  10. Oh yum. Your photos are gorgeous Trish!!

  11. Love these! They look delicious and no bake makes is a huge plus!

  12. I love that trail mix! I bet those bars are so delicious!

  13. What a fun treat! We would love for you to link it up with our Wednesday link party.

  14. Oh my gosh…I could turn these from a snack into a meal!

  15. Ok I feel like an idiot…. But I can’t find the recipe anywhere? Haha help me out!

  16. These look so fantastic! You photos look awesome too :)

  17. I would love for you to share this and link up to my TGIF Link Party! Who knows, you just might be featured next week!

    http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/2013/05/a-peek-into-my-paradise-tgif-link-party.html

    Hugs, Cathy

  18. This looks awesome, and I’m so glad you shared your recipe at our link party! My boys are going to love them. I’m featuring them today on Love Grows Wild:

    http://www.lovegrowswild.com/2013/05/fun-recipes-to-make-with-kids-this-summer.html

  19. Hi Trish! Found you on The Scoop blog hop. Love these bars….so what I have been craving! The Coconut Toffee Cookie Bars sound fabulous too! Following you via Pinterest and Bloglovin’! Going to check out more your yummy sounding recipes. I am not blogging too much now because I am recovering from surgery but I would love you to visit my blog sometime!

  20. These may be the most fabulous looking granola bars I have ever seen! ;) Those Coconut Toffee Cookie Bars look amazing as well. Thanks for sharing this over at The Scoop!

  21. i just made these, and they are so hard my family cant even eat them, maybe there is a liquid missing? i cant even cut them and i followed your directions exactly

    • They shouldn’t be hard at all Andie. They are very soft. I’m not sure what could have happened because there really aren’t any “hard” ingredients with the exception of the chocolate chips. I would definitely try again :)

  22. I love that these are fast and easy and make a great snack!!

  23. Genevieve says:

    I’m making these for our camping trip this weekend! How long do you think they’ll save? I’m wanting to make them a few days or so in advance. Thanks!!!

  24. No bake? Love that! Found this recipe on Pinterest! We’d love for you to come over to our newest link party over at The Inspiration Network: DELISH- a desserts only link party. Bring your desserts and let’s party!!
    http://theinspiration-network.com/delish-dessert-link-party-no-1/

    Smiles,
    Melanie and Diana
    The Inspiration Network
    Melanie {Reasons To Skip The Housework} recently posted..The Weekly Creative – Thursday Link Party

  25. Not sure how I stumbled on this recipe, but I made it yesterday. Super quick and easy and my kids DEVOURED them! Definitely a saver!

  26. These look divine! I wish “no bake” didn’t mean there’s peanut butter! Seems every no bake recipe has peante butter and we have a peanut allergy! Boo! Anyone know how to convert it to a bake-able?

  27. Hi,

    Do You Happen ToHave The Nutrition Info On These Bars? They Look Delicious! Thanks!

  28. Where do I buy monster trails mix? I can’t wait to make these!!!

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