No-Bake Fruit and Nut Bars with Nutella

No bake energy bars are a great snack to fuel you throughout the day. They’re a reader favorite. No Bake Energy Bars Recipe with Nutella, Dried Fruit and Nuts . They're the best snack bars! | @whiteonrice

I used to love granola bars as a kid. Especially the ones with chocolate chips or a chocolate coating on them, but somewhere along the life’s journey, the love affair ended.

Then, about a year ago, we were on the road and we had stopped in an REI to pick up some supplies. Needing  a quick pick-me-up, I grudgingly sorted through their health/power/energy/granola/random-good-for-you-so-you-can-go-all-day-but-tastes-less-than-desirable bars.

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No Bake Energy Bars Recipe with Nutella, Dried Fruit and Nuts . They're the best snack bars! | @whiteonrice

I looked for something at least somewhat appealing.  After all, it had been years since I’d given anything in the granola bar classification a chance. Finally I settled on  a fruit and nut bar. Couldn’t be that bad, right? It looked about as appealing as a bar could through cellophane packaging.

Damn! That bar was good. Maybe it was just the low blood sugar talking, but bars were back on the menu for me. Ever since then, I’ve been searching and experimenting  with recipes which get my mojo goin’.

A couple days ago Diane found a recipe for a no bake energy bar and nut bar in Sunset magazine. I was intrigued. I had yet to find the bar I had been searching for so I gave this one a shot.

Reading through the recipe, mentally tasting the ingredients, I was pretty sure this one would be good. Simple, quick, lots of nuts and dried fruit. A little hit of chocolate. I didn’t have a couple of the ingredients and it was too nice of a day to waste it running to the store, so I subbed in nutella for the almond butter and honey for the brown rice syrup.

No Bake Energy Bars Recipe with Nutella, Dried Fruit and Nuts . They're the best snack bars! | @whiteonrice


End result for these no bake energy bars was excellent. Better than I had even expected. We’ve been loving recipes with dried apricots in them lately and the apricots were the perfect compliment to the roasted almonds and dried sour cherries. The puffed brown rice was just enough to add texture and not get in the way of the almonds and dried fruit. And the nutella and chocolate are always winners for us. The recipe was a winner. Loved it. Hope you enjoy these no bake energy bars as much as we did.


No Bake Energy Bars Recipe with Nutella, Dried Fruit and Nuts . They're the best snack bars! | @whiteonrice

No Bake Energy Bars Recipe with Nutella, Dried Fruit and Nuts . They're the best snack bars! | @whiteonrice

No Bake Energy Bars Recipe with Nutella, Dried Fruit and Nuts . They're the best snack bars! | @whiteonrice

This no bake energy bar recipe was originally published in 2012 and re-published in 2016 with a new video! 

5 from 1 vote
No Bake Energy Fruit and Nut Bar Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
Adapted into a no-bake nutella bar from recipe found in Sunset Magazine. Substitute any preferred dried fruits or nuts you like best.
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 20 Bars
Calories: 196 kcal
  • 2 cups puffed Rice Cereal (brown rice, white rice, or other similar puffed cereal)
  • 2 cup Dried Fruit (cut into pieces if needed - we prefer dried cherries, dried apricots, golden raisin, dried blueberries)
  • 1 1/2 cups Roasted Almonds *see Note 1 for roasting raw almonds (or other preferred Nut - salted or unsalted depending on your preference)
  • 1/2 cup Dark Chocolate Chips or chopped Dark Chocolate
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons packed Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 1/4 cup Nutella
  • Sea Salt or Kosher Salt, to taste
  1. Line an 8"x8" pan with foil and lightly butter foil.
  2. In a large bowl combine puffed rice cereal, dried fruits, nuts, and chocolate. Set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan heat butter, brown sugar, honey, and nutella over medium heat until butter melts, whisking until mixture is smooth. Pour over cereal mixture and stir until completely coated.
  4. Spread into prepared 8"x8" pan and press firmly down. Lightly sprinkle sea salt on top of bars. Chill until firm, about 1 hour.
  5. Using the foil, lift bars out of pan. Cut in half, then cut into preferred bar width.
Recipe Notes

*Note 1: Roasting Raw Almonds:

Preheat oven to 350° F. Spread raw almonds out in a sheet pan. Roast for 12 minutes or until lightly browned and aromatic.

{ 42 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. Sarah

    I have made a lot of this type of bar over the last couple years in an effort to make a delicious bar to supplement my husband’s lunches and for us to have as a sweet treat in the house. My goal was to also be able to make a bar that was all or mostly all organic. This bar has been, BY FAR, our favorite bar!! For the last year, my husband doesn’t want me to make any other bar! We substitute organic almond butter for the Nutella since neither of us are fans of Nutella. Excellent bars!! Thank you!

    1. Todd & Diane

      Wow, that’s so great that you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks so much for sharing Sarah!

  2. Alona

    It looks so amazing and delicious. I cannot wait to try this one at home. And I can make this one for our anniversary this year. I am going to make this recipe with a simple twist by putting some more nuts and dried fruits on it. Most my ingredients that i bought is from online store. I recommend this online store that has the best dried fruits and nuts. And they are best seller. If you have time you can stop by on this link.
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  3. Andrew

    These are so great!

  4. Lizzy (Good Things)

    Oh I am so going to make these!

  5. Chelsea

    Love the recipe… just thought I would let you know that your image and the exact recipe is on this blog. They have a link back to you, but are breaking your copywrite statement. always like to help a fellow blogger!

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Thanks so much. Glad you loved the recipe too!

  6. lucia

    Do you by any chance know the nutritional value of these gorgeous bars?

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Sorry lucia. No idea. We only go for the deliciousness value and haven’t ever figured out the nutritional value. 😉

  7. Avi

    Thank you! I made these twice already- once as is, and once with my own variations, and my kids loved them.
    I switched the nutella for carob spread, the cherries for cranberries and raisins, the honey for date syrup, and some of the almonds for pecans. I also cut out the sugar completely – they were still sweet enough for my kids.

  8. Rachelle @ PictureSmiths

    Oh, most excellent!!! I have been looking for a recipe like this for a long time! How would you describe it–chewy? Crunchy? I love the simplicity of the ingredients and how easily it’s put together. Thank you for sharing the recipe and the lovely photos. 🙂

  9. Emma

    I made these with dark chocolate peanut butter instead of nutella for my girlfriend who doesn’t like nutella and they were awesome!!

  10. Ria

    How long do things like this stay good for? I can’t imagine they’ll last very long, but I’ve always been curious about the longevity of homemade bars like these.

    1. White on Rice Couple

      After a couple days the brown rice cereal is slightly less crispy, but the texture is still quite nice, just different than how it originally felt like. Otherwise ours have only lasted a little over a week+ before the batches have been completely eaten, so it is hard to say what its full life is.

  11. Adam @ Maki Zavelli

    I’ve never been interested in making granola bar type things, but I think this has finally convinced me to give it a try. Looks super good.

  12. Colleen

    These are amazing. To make them a bit more healthy, I tried using who wheat oats in place of cereal and I used half the honey and half the brown sugar the recipe calls for. They still turned out fantastic!

  13. Helen in CA

    Sounds yummy. Also sounds STICKY. How does this travel? ‘Cause in our family, bars like this are eaten “on the road” or “on the trail”.

    1. White on Rice Couple

      In 75 degree weather, the bars have a bit of a chocolate-melted-in-the-hand touch to them. We wrap each one in a bit of parchment paper for the on-the-go usage.

  14. Lori Lynn

    Like you, these type of bars have been off my radar for a long long time. Well, looking at your version, not any longer. The cross-section photo tells the whole story.

  15. heidi

    Love the recipe! I always look forward to reading your blogs. On a side note, I have been seeing lots of stuff online about brown rice syrup having high amounts of arsenic. Might be worth your time checking it out. I found it on sites relating to children and babies where it’s often used in organic baby foods.

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Thanks for the heads up on the brown rice syrup. Glad we made these with honey instead!

  16. Susan in the Boonies

    It really does sound great, Todd!

  17. Kate {Something Fabulous}

    Yum, these look so delicious and easy to make! Now I’m hungry!

    Kate {Something Fabulous}


  18. LaWanda

    Oh, I so wanna make these; however, I am not familiar with “puffed brown rice cereal”. Could you give me an example or brand? Thanks.

    1. White on Rice Couple

      The one we have is from our local Sprouts sold under their house label. The article mentioned that Whole Foods will also sell a puffed brown rice cereal. Arrowhead Mills also has this one. You could always use rice crispies if you can’t find any.

  19. Marcie

    I just made these! These are wonderful! Packed them up and taking them on a bike trip this weekend. Will be excited to share them with others!

  20. Allie@LiveLaughEat

    The kids I watch adore Nutella! I will have to make these for them…you know, to hypnotize them 🙂

  21. Nicole, RD

    What’s not to love about these? Any excuse to eat Nutella 😉

  22. Vishtasp Firoz Pajnigar via Facebook

    Sounds really yummy and easy to make…and a great daytime snack before I hit the gym in the evenings 🙂

  23. Marissa | Pinch&Swirl

    These look delicious – love the Nutella twist AND that these are no bake – fun! I have to ask what density of cacao is in that chocolate you used – looks so deep-dark…

    1. White on Rice Couple

      I don’t know for sure since it is from a bulk block a local store cuts down, but I think it is about 65%. It is very tasty!

  24. susan

    what a great treat and this could be adapted with gluten free cereal for my little levi! I have always wanted to make homemade nutella – this could be just the excuse I have been looking for!!

  25. Marian (Sweetopia)

    I feel the same way… Excitement for trying a new granola bar usually dissipates after the first bite (disappointment). Looking forward to trying these!

  26. Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking

    Im glad your low blood sugar prompted the creation of this glorious bar. I can’t wait to test these out!

  27. Jack Tanksley via Facebook

    Paula, it seems you just don’t have time for bad days. Amazing outlook!

  28. Jennifer Yu via Facebook

    pack em up, bring them (and you) out – let’s go for a hike! xo

  29. Maria

    I love a good bar and this one is loaded with all of my favorites!

  30. Angel Court Jewels

    One word and I know it’s good…NUTELLA!!! Sounds great.


  31. Blog is the New Black

    I simply need to SEE the word nutella and I swoon…

  32. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    Oh wow! What a fabulous nut bar! Great for after a run. Yum!

  33. sreebindu

    crack on =) Munching whole day.!!

  34. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    Wow, I love everything about this recipe. First and foremost…Nutella! And the chunky dried fruit, the puffy rice, the honey, and the contrasting textures, flavors, the color contrast in the pics…I love it! And it’s no-bake. Perfect!

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