[Healthy] No Bake Kettle Corn Granola Bars

Just five ingredients, 1 bowl and 10 minutes is needed to whip up these delicious no bake kettle corn granola bars! Sweet, salty and the added crunch makes this a texture lover’s dream! Vegan, dairy free, gluten free and a high protein option!

5 Ingredient No Bake Kettle Corn Granola Bars- Just five ingredients, 1 bowl and 10 minutes is needed to whip up these delicious no bake kettle corn granola bars! Sweet, salty and the added crunch makes this a texture lover's dream! Vegan, dairy free, gluten free and a high protein option! @thebigmansworld- thebigmansworld.com

Healthy No Bake Kettle Corn Granola Bars

Oh, say can you see, by the dawn’s early light.

Okay, so I may have only learnt the first line of the Star Spangled Banner when I visited America. That’s because I only went to a handful of campus hockey matches (and besides I was more interested in the kiss cam!) and one NBA game….which I left at half time because I finished my hot dog and got bored. Something very interesting I learnt? The best thing about farmer’s markets in America is the bags of kettle corn.


When I first saw the bags of kettle corn, I thought it was a waste of money and a stupid name. I also thought the guy trying to pawn it off was a twat. Little did I know the twat was me.

I presumed it was simply popcorn which could be easily made in my microwave, or, if I was being fancy, at the movie theatre. Just kidding, I’m not paying the price of a small child for movie theatre popcorn. Back to topic. I kept declining the taste test offers even though my friends would flock to it like Kim Kardashian’s mum finding a new potential way to sell her kids to make money.

After three visits, I finally gave in and tasted this ‘kettle corn’. Oh my word. It was epic. EPIC. It wasn’t the popcorn in itself but the combination of sweet and salty which was like a party in my mouth. Oh Australia, why aren’t we selfish and picking both taste sensations? This was my new weekly tradition. Every Thursday when we went to the farmer’s market, I bought buy kettle corn.


So how does kettle corn fit into this recipe? Well, thanks to my Spectablend, I can grind or puree well…anything. The other week, instead of using puffed rice in a no bake recipe, I decided to blend up some leftover kettle corn into a finer consistency and voila- no need for any added salt to enhance the sweet and salty taste! A Vegan friendly, gluten free friendly and delicious no bake recipe which takes less than 10 minutes to whip up and of course- with a high protein option.

Australia- we need to get on this Kettle Corn bandwagon- stop with the fairy floss and snow cones!

[Healthy] No Bake Kettle Corn Granola Bars


Healthy No Bake Kettle Corn Granola Bars

Just five ingredients, 1 bowl and 10 minutes is needed to whip up these delicious no bake kettle corn granola bars! Sweet, salty and the added crunch makes this a texture lover's dream! Vegan, dairy free, gluten free and a high protein option!
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Author: Arman @ thebigmansworld


  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup gluten oat bran can sub for all oats
  • 2 cups kettle corn blended to a broken consistency
  • 1/2 cup nut butter of choice I used almond butter
  • 1/2 cup + 1 T brown rice syrup can sub for maple/agave or honey if not strictly vegan but need to increase by 2 T
  • 1 scoop protein powder optional
  • 2- 1/4 cup granulated sweetener of choice optional
  • 1/4-1/2 cup Dairy free chocolate chips divided (optional)


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the rolled oats, oat bran, broken kettle corn, sweetener of choice and protein powder if using it.
  • In a small saucepan or microwave safe bowl, combine the nut butter of choice with the brown rice syrup and heat until the mixture is melted completely.
  • Add the liquid mixture to the dry mixture and stir until combined. Allow to cool slightly and stir through half the chocolate chips and mix very well.
  • Line a 9 x 9 inch baking dish with baking paper. Pour the mixture into the pan and press firmly with your hands evenly. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight. Remove from the pan and cut into 8-10 bars.


These bars can be kept outside the refrigerator for up to 1 week, otherwise store in the refrigerator. Try using a mild tasting nut butter like almond or cashew to maintain the kettle corn taste.

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85 thoughts on “[Healthy] No Bake Kettle Corn Granola Bars

  1. You are winning with the bars and balls at the moment boy!
    I have never had kettle corn – am I missing out?
    Typical farmer’s market items in the burbs are all your fruits, veggies, amazing breads, cakes etc then all your typically English jams, preserves and chutneys. They have the sickest bread stall that has every kind you could possibly want including the best organic rye sourdough known to man!

  2. I don’t know if I ever told you but I grew up in England. (My dad was in the Navy and was stationed there). When we moved to the US in 6th grade I had to learn all of those things as well.

  3. Arman. GET OUT OF HERE.

    you are probably aware of my sweet and salty obsession, hence why i go through bags of kettle corn like kim kardashian goes through husbands #yeezus

    then you go ahead and combine kettle corn, nut butter and oats. come on now.. is it time that you reveal god has bruce almighty-ed you his powers because i think i’ve prayed for something like this my whole life

    and that is all. i apologize for my idolatry in advance, but these are just too amazinggggg!

      1. YOU SHUT THAT FRONT DOOR. I’ll game show you that within .08 seconds of EITHER of those going up I will be making the preparations for them

        You know the way to my heart <3 😉

  4. I must confess that I had to google kettle corn. I’ve never heared of it before let alone tried it. But it sounds really nice and I will grab the chance when I’m in the US. At our local farmer’s market there are some countrywoman that sell hands down the best German apple tart that I’ve ever tried! A must when I go there!
    Kiss cam is such a American romantic comedy clichée. But maybe I can say yes in a couple of weeks. Stefan is totally committed to going to a football game. I am okay as long as there is some beer and snacks. And as long as I get a memorabilia. I am bribable and so not sorry to admit it 😉

    1. JULI. You better remind me this weekend to write you a list….I am getting excited thinking about it (and jealous!)

      Haha I went to a match at Yankee stadium- took a photo, ate a hot dog and left.

  5. There’s a crazy good kettle corn stand at my local farmer’s market, and they ingeniously positioned it right by the main entrance so it’s the first thing you smell when you walk in. Amazing stuff. But it’s hard to go wrong with the sweet & salty combo. I need these in my life yesterday. My batch is in the mail… right? 😉

  6. Omg the smell of kettlecorn is so intoxicating. I can’t even go near the stand for fear of gaining 50 pounds. #honestyhour
    This is awesome! Obviously anything is elevated when it’s paired with granola, as if kettlecorn needs elevation.. but you’ve done it!
    PS Nora is doing swimmingly.

  7. Ahhhh!! Fresh kettle corn is the best!! I can’t stand it!!!! When you go back to the states, you must come to chicago and get the chicago mix at Garrett’s popcorn! Actually… Don’t even wait till you visit… Try to order some online. http://www.garrettpopcorn.com. And it has to be the chicago mix! Perfect example of sweet and salty.

  8. I would never have thought to grind up popcorn to use in a bar haha, but that’s an awesome idea. I love kettle corn. They sell it in big bags at trader joe’s, and the boys’ family gets it all the time for their snacks; we plow through it in 2-3 days tops 😛

  9. Kettle corn is soooo good. Seriously popcorn is one of those foods that’s so versatile I could pretty much eat it every day depending on the flavor I’m craving (cheddar is my favorite though). These look so good – I’d never think to put popcorn in granola bars but this does an awesome job of upping the whole grains (and the taste of course). Give me some of your creativity, pretty please! All I can manage to cook lately are quesadillas and egg sandwiches haha

  10. Kettle corn in bar form?! Genius.
    I’m so glad you’ve discovered the awesomeness that is kettle corn. I have to stock up on kettle corn then, because you’re gonna buy it out at every store and farmer’s market the next time you visit.
    I went to a farmer’s market once that had all these different flavors of hummus! I sampled every single one…it was necessary.

  11. I don’t get it. What’s the difference between kettle corn and popcorn? If there is any, I don’t think kettle corn exists in Germany. BUT we have our own popcorn maker at home!! Pop in corn kernels, turn on, watch how the kernels pop and fall into the bowl in front of it. Toss in butter and salt/sugar/whatever! We loved to watch the kernels pop when we were children (bro and me) 🙂

  12. I have never tried kettle corn. Like you, I have wondered what all the hype was about. Guess I was wrong, it is more than just popcorn. I like the way you cook, tres creative.
    The local farmer’s market here is not all that impressive. However, one vendor features a variety of avocados which seems stereotypical California. The market back in Edmonds, Washington was phenomenal. I especially loved the fresh berries because summer berries are the best. They are also known for this giant traveling brick oven where one restaurant makes gourmet pizzas.
    I’ve also only been to one NBA game. I wish there had been a kiss cam because the game was sure boring.

  13. I bought rosemary truffle popcorn at the farmer’s market I was at yesterday. All I could think was how you prefer garlic to truffle and that means you very clearly suck. By this I mean I love you and I ate the entire bag on your behalf.

  14. I haven’t had kettle corn in forever but I used to love it as a kid! I guess I just don’t think about buying popcorn and don’t eat it unless the person next to me (my mom usually) is downing it. Then I steal a few handfuls. Is kettle corn something you can make in the microwave? That’s how I usually make popcorn (like brown bag, oil, salt and corn kernels)

  15. I like kettle corn with franks red hot splashed on!!!! Sweet, salty and SPICY!!!! NOM NOM I LOVE the farmers market!!!! I love getting fresh fruits and veggies….. bring on the asparagus!

  16. Every.single.time I go to a carnival or fair, I HAVE to get kettle corn. IT’S SO DELICIOUS. I can’t get enough of it. It’s so sweet.. I need these bars in my life. Care to ship some off my way? 😉

  17. So, I had a real binge moment with kettle corn over Christmas. My dad and I went to Pittsburgh Popcorn Factory to get a tin of popcorn for my grandfather and of course, got a SMALL bag of kettle corn. Literally DEMOLISHED in like 5-10 minutes. It was embarrassing. But so good.

    I was trying to figure out how to make popcorn bars FOREVER. Never thought about adding oats/oat bran/breaking up the popcorn. You’re so wise. I can’t wait to make these because kettle corn is clearly one of my favorite foods.

  18. Hi Arman–This is a great looking recipe! I do love kettle corn. Thanks for linking up to Gluten-Free Wednesdays, but if you’re using ingredients that are not always gluten free, please make a note in parens after them or in Notes within your recipe. So for example, after the oats, oat bran, and protein powder you could show “(use gluten free if needed).” We want all of our readers to stay safe. 🙂


    1. Hi Shirley! Firstly, thank you so much for hosting the link up weekly- I really appreciate it. Thank you also for letting me know- following a gluten free diet, I often forget to make those notations assuming everyone figures that it would be gluten free- but realise my errors now!

      I look forward to continuing to share my Gluten free goods! 🙂

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  20. They look truly lovely – I definitely want to make them soon, especially since they’re healthy and no-bake. Thanks so much for linking up with #recipeoftheweek. Sorry I was slow getting over for this one. I’ve pinned it to my food board and a tweet will go out shortly 🙂

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  23. …and standing there watching them make the kettle corn at the market? MESMERIZING, I tell ya! Jason knows if he lost me in the crowd, he could find me standing there… transfixed (or at the kale booth, or at the VODKA booth).

    pinned to make these this weekend, I cannot wait for the flavor!!!

    yes. vodka booth.

  24. This is kind of a dumb question but you wrote “2- 1/4 cup granulated sweetener of choice”. Does that mean 2T – 1/4 cup?

      1. Ok, thanks for the reply 🙂 I just found your site today and have been checking out the recipes. I’m actually not following any (paleo, gluten-free, etc) diet but trying to eat a little healthier in general. I’ve already bookmarked a bunch of your recipes though, and cant wait to try them!

        Also, I just wanted to tell you that some of your recipe links need fixing. When you click on some of them (Best Dark Chocolate Granola, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola, and Carrot Cake Truffles, for example) it goes to a page with a picture rather than the recipe page itself

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