[Healthy] No Bake Caramel Pecan Granola Bars

Healthy No Bake Caramel Pecan Bars which take less than 10 minutes to whip up! These super simple bars are vegan, gluten free, high protein and very low in sugar- Grab this sensible snack! 

Healthy No Bake Caramel Pecan Bars- Healthy No Bake Caramel Pecan Bars which take less than 10 minutes to whip up! These super simple bars are vegan, gluten free, high protein and very low in sugar- Grab this sensible snack! @thebigmansworld -thebigmansworld.com

Healthy No Bake Caramel Pecan Granola Bars


Before we jump into today’s post, big thank you to everyone for the Birthday Wishes! The texts, tweets and comments meant the world to me- The flourless chocolate cake was eaten in your honour!

The Birthday Giveaway is still running for a few more days- Be sure to enter to win some amazing foodie goods!

When I stipulate something on this blog, the beauty of it is it’s written already- and you need to stick to your words. Well, at least that is my mindset. After having the most delicious supermarket bought gelato (not to be compared with my favourite gelato store), I pondered what it was which made it so tasty- and it was the combination of caramel and pecan on a mild vanilla like base. 


I mentioned in this post how I would consider recreating the combination in some recipe, and friends- I found success- in granola bar form. I had a rough idea of what kind of base tends to work after making my No Bake Cashew Coconut Protein Bars, but wanted a smoother texture- Enter the Spectablend to make me some oat flour in seconds.

My first attempt used honey instead of brown rice syrup and while delicious, fell apart quite easily. The second batch I used brown rice syrup and it was firm and portable and didn’t need refrigeration. Also, it brought out the epic combination of pecans and caramel better than honey alone.


You can add a protein punch by incorporating a scoop of plain flavoured protein powder- I wouldn’t recommend even a mild vanilla as it will overpower the caramel and be too sweet. I’ve been lazy with my breakfasts at work, and two of these with a long machiatto have been pretty standard….although now I need to make another batch as they others may have also been snacked on later in the day. C’est la vie.

[Healthy] No Bake Caramel Pecan Granola Bars (Based off my no bake cashew coconut bars)


Healthy No Bake Caramel Pecan Granola Bars
Serves 10
A healthy no bake granola bar recipe which have hints of the infamous caramel pecan ice cream flavour!
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  1. 1 1/2 cups gluten freerolled oats
  2. 1/2 cup gluten free oat flour (rolled oats ground into a flour)
  3. 1/2 cup brown rice syrup (If using honey or maple syrup, up to 3/4 cup)
  4. 1/4 cup natural nut butter of choice (I used Mayver's Original Spread)
  5. 1/2 T vanilla essence
  6. 3/4 cup chopped pecans, separated
  7. 1 scoop of unflavoured vegan protein powder (Optional)
  8. 1/4 cup of caramel, for drizzling (I heated coconut sugar with water until caramelised)
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the rolled oats, oat flour, 1/2 cup of the chopped pecans, sea salt and protein powder if using it.
  2. In a small saucepan (or in a microwave safe bowl), slowly heat the nut butter and brown rice syrup until fully combined and just beginning to bubble. Add the vanilla essence and whisk quickly before removing from the stove.
  3. Add the liquid mixture to the dry mixture and ensure it is fully incorporated.
  4. Line a 9 x 9 inch baking dish with baking powder. Pour mixture and using your hands, press firmly to cover the entire pan equally. Cover with remaining pecans, pressing down into the batter. Slowly drizzle the top with the caramel and refrigerate immediately for at least 4 hours. Once set, remove from pan and cut into 10 even bars.
  1. These bare are firm enough to be kept outside the refrigerator, however ensure the caramel you are using is quite firm to begin with otherwise it will melt easily. If you don't use brown rice syrup as your sticky sweetener, ensure you increase the proportion by 1/4 cup.
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Time for this week’s blogger lead Spill it, Sundays! This week, we have Alison who blogs over at Daily Moves and Grooves– If you haven’t stopped by Alison’s blog before, you will be amazed to find out how young yet incredibly witty she is- proof that blends can be of all ages!


1) What is your happy place?
2) What are you wearing right now?
3) Cookies or cake?
4) Which chore/errand do you despise the most?
5) What is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
6) Brag and tell us one thing you love about yourself!
7) Now tell us one embarrassing fact about yourself.
8) Name three things on your nightstand.
9) You can ask a famous person one (and only one) question. Who is it and what is your question?
10) Would you rather live in the breathtaking mountains or on a gorgeous tropical beach?
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Have you used brown rice syrup before?
Have you tried the caramel and pecan combination before?
Do you use protein powder?
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76 thoughts on “[Healthy] No Bake Caramel Pecan Granola Bars

  1. No bake bars? I can totally get behind that! A) I’m lazy and B) It’s too hot here to turn the oven on. Never thought I’d say that haha

    Happy birthday for yesterday! I hope you had an Oreogasm!

  2. I have not used brown rice syrup before but I think I should try it soon! These bars sound so good – I love pecans. I think they are on par with cashews as my favourite nut. Well not quite as cashews are just addictive…I did use hemp protein powder quite a lot but I ran out a few weeks ago and have not bought any since…

    1. Thank you! But I too agree- cashews take the nut in terms of nuts….but not in nut butter form!

      Brown rice syrup doesn’t have too much of a distinct taste, but it is such a great binder!

  3. I’ve never used brown rice syrup and honestly didn’t know you could buy it! Since I can’t have honey or agave or maple syrup, for a long time I just couldn’t make anything that required sticky sweeteners. Then my mom found me a coconut based syrup so I use that which is fabulous. I see brown rice syrup on labels all the time (and am always relieved since it’s tummy friendly). Now I’m going to be on the hunt for it, especially so I can try out these bars!

    1. YES! It is a life changer in bar recipes- compared to honey/agave etc, it is way more dense and thick which really holds things together! I’ve seen coconut syrup and coconut nectar at the stores but never tried it!

  4. Aah! So excited to try these!! 😀
    I’ve never used brown rice syrup before. I wasn’t aware that was a thing until just now…

    I did use protein powder before I ran out (Jarrow Organic Brown Rice Protein – chocolate flavored) but i haven’t been to Whole Foods in a while to stock up.

    1. The real question is, why is your friend not offended you cut her out lol!

      Seriously, my friends loved them- you’re friends would love them too. And by friends I mean Moving Alison and Groovin’ Alison.

  5. Caramel & pecan is a deadly combo. I hate that you get to eat gelato all the time. THERE IS NONE TO BE FOUND IN THE ROCKIES.

    I’m sorry I wasn’t able to iMessage you my body over the wknd. Soon, my friend, soon. Hahaha

  6. Can I make a list for all the recipes you need to make for me while I am there? K, tks.
    Heating sugar with butter…..I don’t trust myself. I know I will burn down my kitchen. We had similar events like this before as you know.

  7. Oh yummm. I tend to use honey or maple syrup as a sweetener in my “healthy baking” but I use brown rice syrup occasionally. I first bought it years ago when I started reading Oh She Glows because a lot of her recipes call for it. Does it go bad? I hope not because my jar is going on 4 years old now…

    1. I don’t think it goes bad, per se- it could be like honey which sort of congeals on top?

      Try it though in more baking- you’d probably find you use less than you would honey or maple in a recipe!

  8. I have never tried brown rice syrup, how is the flavor different? I’m glad you had a great birthday! Did you get a free birthday drink? #BestPartAboutBars

  9. I’ve been curious about brown rice syrup! I just use honey when I need things to stick together (because, let’s face it, I’m addicted to the honey/AB combo), but I think it’s time to expand my horizons! And caramel. Omg drooling. My only question is… where’s the salt?!?!?!

    1. Well….good thing you asked. The main reason I omitted it was because I was selfish and wanted to eat these with eggs….salty eggs.

      Although, the salted caramel combo will be coming back.

    1. Thank you, Deanna! Brown Rice syrup is alot more sticky than honey and maple, yet doesn’t detract or overpower baked goods- which is perfect when you want to highlight a flavour combination! 🙂

  10. I pinned these because I can’t wait to try them and you know I will. I might even have brown rice syrup leftover from some random recipe experiment. If not, I’ll probably try maple syrup because they’re fairly similar, unless you tell me that’s a bad idea.

  11. I lit up like the Fourth of July when I saw this post because pecans + caramel + granola bar = true love always! Thanks for sharing. Cannot wait to try, need new snacks that have the word healthy in front of them!!!

  12. OoOoOoOoOoOo pecans make everything more delicious. They are so addictive. I love butter pecan ice cream, pecan pie, etc. NOM so I mean obviously these bars would be delicious. I think carmel, pecan and popcorn would be a good combo too. Also I haven’t used brown rice syrup before! I see it in recipes often, though.

  13. “the combination of caramel and pecan on a mild vanilla like base.” Who are you??? You need your own cooking show. You’re like the new Gordon Ramsay except not as funny and sexy.

    Yay for Alison! She’s one of my fab bloggers, even though I feel like slight pedophile liking her. She’s 18 now though so that helps.

  14. I have never used brown rice syrup but I really need to buy some!!! So genius to make caramel out of coconut sugar and butter! You’re a smarty 🙂
    I love using protein powder in recipes. I usually use designer whey protein powder.

  15. I just made these bars last night with my fiance for our after dinner treat, and we were blown away by how amazing they were! Thank you Thank you Thank you for the wonderful recipe!

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  17. Arman, I know my daughter would love these! She’s always making her own granola, and she loves caramel. They sound like the perfect snack food..and who doesn’t love a recipe that is ready in 10 minutes?! Have a wonderful day dear friend, Catherine

  18. Yum! Caramel and nuts are such a good combo.
    By the way, step 4 says “Line a 9 x 9 inch baking dish with baking powder”

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