No Bake Granola Bars

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These homemade no bake granola bars are the perfect on-the-go snack or lunch box treat. Made in just 5 minutes, these vegan bars are super easy to customize and delicious! 

homemade vegan no bake granola bars topped with dried fruit

I’m a big fan of granola bars, but the unhealthy ingredients in the store-bought bars are a huge turn-off. Luckily, making your own homemade version is so easy and comes together in no time.

Inspired by my healthy granola bars, these no bake ones are just delicious and just as easy!

Table of Contents
  1. Why this recipe works
  2. Ingredients needed
  3. How to make no bake granola bars  
  4. Tips to make the best recipe
  5. Storage instructions
  6. More snack bars to try 
  7. Frequently Asked Questions 
  8. No Bake Granola Bars (Recipe Card)

Why this recipe works

  • Easy to make. You’ll just need four simple ingredients and 5 minutes to make this recipe.
  • Plant based ingredients. No animal products or dairy are needed, so they are great if you follow a vegan diet.
  • Perfect texture. Most no-bake recipes can be a little too soft and fragile, but not these bars- they are thick, chewy, and stable at room temperature.
  • A perfect snack anytime. These vegan bars are a perfect afternoon snack that keeps you energized until dinner.
seeds and dried fruit

Ingredients needed

As mentioned earlier, this recipe calls for simple, everyday ingredients. Here is what you’ll need: 

  • Almond butter. A source of healthy fats and proteins and one that binds the bars together. You can replace it with peanut butter or use a nut-free substitute.
  • Maple syrup. Sweetens the bars and also helps with binding them together.
  • Rolled oats. The base of the recipe! Quick oats will also work, but the bars will be a little softer.
  • Dried fruit and seeds. Some fun mix-ins.

How to make no bake granola bars  

This recipe takes just 5 minutes and 4 easy steps to prepare. Here is all you have to do to make these delicious granola bars: 

  1. Prep. Take a 8 x 8 inch pan and line it with parchment paper. Set aside. 
  2. Mix the ingredients. Combine the almond butter and maple syrup in a microwave safe bowl and melt. Add in the oats then fold through the dried fruits and seeds.
  3. Set. Transfer the batter to the lined pan. Refrigerate for at least an hour or until the bars firm up. 
  4. Slice into bars and enjoy. Slice the firmed batter into 16 small or 8 large bars. Enjoy! 

Tips to make the best recipe

  • Use a food processor to grind the oats, nuts, and seeds into a fine crumb. This will help the bars bind together better.
  • Toast the rolled oats before mixing to enhance their flavor and add a satisfying crunch to your bars.
  • Add other mix-ins like chocolate chips, nuts, or some coconut flakes.
  • If you want to enjoy the bars quicker, place them in the freezer for 10 minutes.

Storage instructions

To store. Place leftovers in an airtight container and keep them at room temperature for up to one week. To keep them longer, store them in the refrigerator for up to four weeks.

To freeze. You can freeze these bars in freezer-safe bags or airtight containers in the freezer for up to 6 months. 

More snack bars to try 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Is this recipe gluten-free? 

Yes! When made with gluten-free oats, these bars are suitable for celiacs.

Can I bake these?

While these can be oven baked, they don’t contain eggs or enough liquid to prevent them from drying out.

no bake vegan granola bars

No Bake Granola Bars

5 from 32 votes
These homemade no bake granola bars are the perfect on-the-go snack or lunch box treat. Made in just 5 minutes, these vegan bars are super easy to customize and delicious! 
Servings: 16 Bars
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup almond butter Can sub for another nut or seed spread
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup * See notes
  • 2 1/2 cups rolled oats Can sub for quinoa flakes or buckwheat flakes
  • 1/4 cup dried fruits and seeds

Instructions 

  • Line an 8 x 8-inch pan with parchment paper and set aside. 
  • In a large microwave-safe bowl or stovetop, combine your almond butter and maple syrup and heat until melted. 
  • Add your rolled oats and mix until combined. Fold in your dried fruits and seeds and mix very well, until fully incorporated.
  • Transfer your granola bar batter into the lined pan and press firmly into place. Refrigerate for at least an hour, until the bars have firmed up. Cut into 16 small bars or 8 large ones. 

Notes

TO STORE. Place leftovers in an airtight container and keep them at room temperature for up to one week. To keep them longer, store them in the refrigerator for up to four weeks.
TO FREEZE. You can freeze these bars in freezer-safe bags or airtight containers in the freezer for up to 6 months. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1BarCalories: 92kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 4gFat: 4gFiber: 4gVitamin A: 100IUVitamin C: 1.7mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 0.5mgNET CARBS: 6g
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Chewy 4 ingredient no bake vegan granola bars

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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. These are delicious. I used a good quality tahini, honey, a couple of pinches of Chinese 5 spice powder, toasted rolled oats, gold coloured dried fruit (pear, mango, apricot and apple), toasted white and black sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and toasted walnuts. Although I made them for my daughter, I couldn’t resist eating two. Crispy, chewy, a bit sticky and finger licky – yom nom.

  2. 5 stars
    There are some bars that I have an unhealthy obsession for–I used to eat CLIF bars by the handful and it was a problem. I’d always be ravenous after swim practice and eat two or three CLIF builder’s bars! I still love my granola bars, but I definitely would have more control over the ingredients if I made them myself. I love that you can totally make this recipe sugar free, which is what I would do if I make my own granola bars!