No Bake Nutella Mint Granola Bars

No bake Nutella mint granola bars come together quickly and easily!

The perfect snack for back to school!

 No Bake Nutella Mint Granola Bars

I made my 8 year old son cry the other day.  He was innocently watching tv when I walked in and announced that I had just printed off their school supply list!  I guess my announcement was delivered with a little too much exuberance because he lost it.   That wasn’t my intention, honestly.  But it IS August, it’s time to start thinking about back to school whether we like it or not.

No Bake Nutella Mint Granola Bars

 

For my son Owen, the mere thought of getting up at the same time each day, running to catch the bus, the full day of learning coupled with the short lunch period, all the homework and the early bedtime moved him to tears.  Whereas my unexpected excitement at the mention of school stems not from having the house to myself, but because I thrive on the routine that the school year brings.  I like to know what to expect, I like each day to have some repetition, I like to have regiment.  I am not the go-with-the-flow kind of person I pretend to be.  I  like order.

No Bake Nutella Mint Granola Bars

I felt terribly guilty for the tear stained cheeks that my son was sporting.  To compensate I made him granola bars.  Nutella, his favorite.  With mint, my favorite!  These were stellar.  I mixed Rice Krispies in with my nuts and oats to make the snap, crackle, pop in your mouth.  The Nutella gave these granola bars a nice chocolate flavor and with each bite your mouth got a minty surprise from the mint chips.

No Bake Nutella Mint Granola Bars

So my son and I ate a few granola bars together.  We laughed, smiled and made peace.  All was right in the world until I told him since these were no bake granola bars I could make these to pack in his school lunches!  His eyes began to water and this time I just walked away.
No Bake Nutella Mint Granola Bars
The start of school is going to come no matter what.  It’s a sure thing, like death and taxes.   All I can do is soften the blow by making lots and lots more treats!
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No Bake Nutella Mint Granola Bars

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Rice Krispies Cereal
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • ¼ cup wheat germ
  • ¼ cup flax seed
  • ½ cup chopped almonds
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup Nutella
  • ¼ teaspoon mint extract
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Andes chips

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl combine cereal, oats, wheat germ, flax seed and almonds. Set aside.
  2. Line a 9-x13 pan with foil and spray with non stick spray and set aside.
  3. In a saucepan combine honey and sugar, stirring until dissolved. Add in Nutella and let mixture come to just a boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in extracts. Poor hot mixture over cereal mixture and stir until it is all combined. Let stand for 10-15 minutes before adding mint chips. Pour mixture onto prepared pan and let stand until cool. Cut into bars.
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45 Responses

  1. These look amazing! I need to try these!! Pinned!!

  2. you mean mommy you! I am excited to start the year, but I LOVE the go with the flow summer too. Getting up early next week is going to make ME cry

    • I’m hearless! No I will miss them. I too am dreading getting up early with the kiddies!

    • Getting up and packing lunches is going to be awfully difficult! I’m going to need lots of coffee Heather!

  3. Oh, Tanya! I wonder who felt worse. Your son who suddenly realized that Summer isn’t never-ending, or, you having to watch his reaction. Best save the discussion of working 40+ hour weeks with a 2 week vacation for another time. :)
    These are a great snack and it’s fantastic that they’re no-bake. You really could whip up a batch on short notice.

    • I refrained from telling him that these really are the best days of his life! He wouldnt’ get it. And yes, these are so quick, I may have to make more today.

    • I would venture to say my son felt worse! But he had to face reality sometime! Thanks John!

  4. These look Awesome! I love the photos. Pinning! Have a great day :)

  5. I am counting down the days too!! These bars – yum!!

    • Although I don’t want to count down the days, I can’t help myself! Thanks Dorothy!

  6. My boys would kill for these! They sound amazing!

  7. I know I shouldn’t have giggled but I laughed a little about your son’s reaction because that’s totally something I did when I was a kid! Summer is just SO much fun. I don’t blame him for being sad about school starting up again. I’m glad these granola bars cheered him up!!

    • I had to laugh a little to Meghan! But it is part of life right? Thank you!

  8. Well, we are empty nesters – so no crying here! BUT I would love this treat for myself :-) Pinned! Hope you have a great weekend, Deb

    • I loved these granola bars too. I may have been the one to polish them off!

  9. Awwww sweet story!!! These bars sound fantastic!!! My guys have not gone back to school yet. August 26th. Counting down. I love the routine, too! But also I love to work in the peace and quiet. Call me crazy.

  10. These look really great! I love granola bars!

  11. Aaaand the best mom ever award goes to YOU for making nutella granola bars. These kick the butt of the storebought chewy ones anydayyyy.

    • Thank you Hayley, I sort of think they kick butt too!

  12. cookingwithcurls

    Poor guy :( I remember hating the start of school as well. Then you see all of your old friends again,and it doesn’t seem quite so tragic! I wish my mom had made me nice treats to soften the blow ;)

    • I was always ready for the start of school, guess I was a really bored kid! Thanks Lisa!

  13. Wow! This looks deee-licious! We’d love to have you share the recipe at our Saturday Link Party! Deb @ madefrompinterest.net

  14. I like the sound of these a lot, especially with the added mint. Visiting from I’m Lovin It!

  15. So delicious. I love the addition of mint. I’ve been wanting something new for an afternoon snack and this is it. Going to try these this week.

  16. I pinned these so I will remember to try them soon. They look and sound really good! Thanks for the recipe.

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