No bake Sunbutter granola bars

A delicious, allergy friendly granola bar which requires 1 bowl and 10 minutes to whip up! The perfect snack to tide you over between meals- Gluten free and vegan too. 

No Bake Sunbutter Bars- A delicious, allergy friendly granola bar which requires 1 bowl and 10 minutes to whip up! The perfect snack to tide you over between meals- Gluten free and vegan too. @thebigmansworld -


Happy Friday everyone! The weekend is so close, I can almost taste it! I’ve got some brunch plans, a coffee catch up and a few bits and bobs here and there!

First things first, after telling you guys on Monday about the idea for a link up, I’ve decided to go ahead with it- Thank you so much for the support on the idea! I’ve been thinking what day to have the link up on- either Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday. I also would love some input into a name for it! Reader Simone (Hi!) had a couple of suggestions-

-> Self Expression Thursdays/Fridays (or whatever day you guys would want the link up on)

-> Self Important Thursdays/Fridays (etc)

Seeing as I’m still up in the air for a name, I thought it’d be more exciting to offer an incentive for it (Thank you, Tara for this idea!)- So whoever comes up with the chosen alliteration for the new feature, I’ll have a little GIVEAWAY of goodies sent over to you- wherever you are in the World (and it will definitely involve Vegemite…just saying). Be creative and use those alliteration skills we learnt in high school! 


Now into normal posting- Seeing as its Friday, its another round of Off the Cuff Fridays, with a super easy recipe for you at the end!


You guys might be familiar with the initiative ‘Movember(or notice an increase in men sporting the ‘tash) in which here in Australia, there are several campaigns run. These campaigns are set out to raise awareness and understandings of risks men face, and funding for them! Furthermore, the program goals strive to help males living with prostate or testicular cancer to have the necessary support and care needed to be physically and mentally well. To do my bit, I’ve been growing my (poor excuse) for a mustache- I’ll ensure to have a picture by the end of the month- Try not to mistake me for Brad Pitt 😉 Find out more information here.

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Who here used to use MSN messenger like it was their job? Guilty. I stumbled across this absolute gem which spoke volumes to me. Here are a couple of the best ones- See the rest HERE


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Jo recently posted some epic musical choices on her blog, and I thought you guys should hear some Aussie home grown talent- Matt Corby’s music is amazing, but his song ‘Resolution’- listen to it. Trust me. (I’m a doctor). 

My friend works in Promotions and Marketing….she posted this gem up after a recent campaign when Beyonce was in town. WHO PUTS QUEEN B IN THE BIN?


Speaking of Queen B- Check out this guy who puts her dancing to shame. I’m never going to do a HIIT workout again- this 2 minute dance in itself trumps it!


During my procrasti-experimenting over the weekend, I knew something I wanted to make was a grab and go bar of some sort using my Sunbutter. I based it off my chewy no bake granola bars but changed some of the ingredients, added the Sunbutter and omitted the nuts. All in all, it took less than 15 minutes and taste great! I LOVE chewy bars and these fit the bill. Thank you Kierston for the link up! Be sure to pop by and be inspired by some awesome recipes this week!


No Bake Sunbutter granola bars (Nut free option available)



No Bake SunButter Granola Bars

1 bowl and 10 minutes is all you'll need to whip up these healthy, allergy friendly no bake bars made with SunButter.
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Author: Arman @ thebigmansworld



  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the rolled oats, oat bran, shredded coconut and sunflower seeds and mix well. Line a 9 x 9 deep tray with baking paper and set aside.
  • In a microwave safe bowl, combine the sunflower seed butter, coconut oil and brown rice syrup and microwave for 1-2 minutes, or until melted.
  • Add the liquid mixture to dry mixture and ensure it is fully incorporated. Transfer the mixture to the lined tray and press firmly using your hands. Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight. Remove from pan and cut into even sized bars.


These bars can be kept at room temperature but taste great straight out of the fridge. They can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Hope you all have a great weekend, and I can’t wait to have something for YOU in this Monday’s post! Stay happy, stay healthy, stay twerking. 

All you English mavens out there- Any suitable alliterations for the link up?

What was your msn name? Did you ever do any of those ‘sneaky’ things to get attention? ….I think mine was al_roxurworld.

What are your plans for this weekend? 

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86 thoughts on “No bake Sunbutter granola bars

  1. I reckon Thursday or a Saturday for a link up as there tend to be none that I know of on those days…or even Sunday. Friday I know of quite a few. As for names…hmmm I’ve got Friday brain and I’m drawing a blank!

    That dance video is hilarious! It reminds me of back in the day when I was 19 I used to work in call centres and 99% of the guys that worked there were gay so I used to go out to clubs with them and there would always be drag queens performing and their dancing and lip synching was sometimes terrible but a lot of times it was as good as that video…ah memories!

    Yum to that granola bar recipe, I’m yet to try brown rice syrup but need to change that!

    1. Thanks for the input Jan- I’m thinking Thursday or Sunday!

      Hahaha that sounds awesome- seriously that guy…next time I want a quick cardio workout I’m going to attempt to mimic his moves! Definitely get onto the brown rice syrup…I got it because it was cheaper than honey lol!

  2. Oh gosh, those MSN memes just took me back 5 – 10 years lol, they were all so true at the time! And so help you if somebody didn’t reply for a while and changed their status to ‘Away’ … Yikes! 😛 I think my name used to change like the weather, full of emoticons and whatnot. Oh the shame of it all now.

    Matt Corby’s EP is so awesome, I’d recommend it to anybody! 🙂 It’s got a really chilled summer-ish vibe to it, perfect for lazy days where road trips to the beach are mandatory.

    Clever alliterative names escape me. I’ll just be happy to link up ;P

    1. Hi!
      I’m a long time reader, also an Aussie, living in Canada.
      In terms of the alliteration link up, I had a few ideas:
      1) More about me Mondays
      2) Talk and Tidbits Tuesdays
      3) Truthfully Me Tuesdays

    2. So much much TIME wasted on it!

      Thanks for wanting to link up- I’ll hopefully have details set in stone by next week! PS How funny everyone from Australian Idol who came 2nd place have outdone ALL the winners.

  3. Oh my God. That Beyonce dancer! His hair!! And that old carpet?! Fatasticly hilarious!!
    As for the link up, I think Thursdays or Sundays would be good. And… about
    ME – Selfish Sunday; Look at ME; let’s talk about ME….
    It’s my day off, my brain is empty!! 🙂 happy Weekend bello!!

    1. …oh dear my hair (without product) looks exactly like that hahaha! Can we have a dance off on Persian carpets?

      Most people are keen for Thursdays so I think I’ll put it in the works! Hope your having a BLAST of a weekend my friend. STAY AWAY FROM THE FOOD PROCESSOR.

  4. Self Centred Sundays!

    I always call my Sundays my ‘self centred’ days. They are the day I never work and always use to prep, plan and set myself up for the week ahead and indulge in some well earnt ‘me time’.

  5. Amy’s Talk and Tidbit Tuesdays and Ally’s Self Centered Sundays sound like great ideas…or “Tell me more (you twat) Thursdays?…
    Love the Beyoncé workout video – no kidding, those lunges and deep squats are seriously killer 🙂
    Sunbutter granola bars sound Fab! You are the official “no-bake granola bar” King!
    Hope your weekend is wonderful Arman!

    1. You hit the nail on the head, Shashi- those two are ones I’m really liking…Although anything with TWAT in it is a Winner in my book 😉

      Seriously its my new go to HIIT workout…

      Hope your weekend is going great Shashi 🙂

  6. I love Amy’s ^ ideas! She wins 🙂 haha I’m going to think about this over the weekend — too early for my brain to be working very hard right now. MSN messenger– such a throwback! Pretty sure I was on that thing 24/7. Ah those were the days. I am loving Sunbutter lately. I have a couple of others bars on my to-make list but certainly adding these to my never ending list. Have a great weekend friend!
    ps. Queen B = life.

    1. LOl – true story- My mum used to hide the modem or take it to work with her when I had days off school because I was such an addict!

      I think The Talk and Tidbit Thursdays might be it- The consensus seem to be hankering for a Thursday link up!

      PS expect a reply this afternoon 🙂

  7. I like Simones idea’s mostly because I can’t think of any. Self important Saturday Sunday sounds good. Self expression Sunday Saturday sounds awesome too 🙂

    It’s a cool idea. And I love these bars- yum! Keep procrastinating lol it’s good for our taste buds (who is being self important now lol)

  8. Selfie and selfish Sunday? You could post a selfie each week too :). I’m an Aussie reader and I just live your blog Arman.

    This weekend I am going to the beach- cannot.wait. 🙂

    Simone had some great ideas too- I like the self expression Sunday Saturday alliteration particularly 😉

  9. My brain is way too fried to think. Self expression or important Sunday can be my pick lol.

    Great recipe Arman- love your recipes always. I am also a fan of kangaroo like you- such an underrated meat.

    This weekend I am cramming and then sleeping and then I think I will schedule in a cry to relieve the stress from all of the cramming

    🙂 but then by this time next week all the study will be over. then the anxious wait for results start- fun.

    I love that guy dancing!

  10. HAHAHA poor Beyonce! HOW DARE THEY. I can’t remember what my msn name was! I miss it!!! But, on the bright side, my work has Sametime instant messaging, so it’s basically the same thing. I spend all day messaging my work friends instead of working.

  11. This is when I wish I had a creative bone when it came to thinking of titles…but considering that it took me a good year or two to come up with my own blog name, we’ll probably be here a while :S
    And oh my goodness, MSN…that takes me back. I remember in high school the thing to do was that if you were dating someone, you were expected to have their name in hearts somewhere in your screen name. Awkward.

  12. Hahaha that MSN Buzzfeed article is pure gold. Seriously brings me back to the good days… I’m pretty sure I’m guilty of all of those things. Also, playing games of truth or dare over MSN. Good times lol.

    Those bars look SO good! So excited to try them. 😀

  13. That guy dancing to Beyonce — omigosh I can’t handle it. He’s so into it! 😆

    As for the linkup… that’s an issue I’m struggling with myself — it’s hard to find a good day since there are a good handful of them out there already! I think Sunday would probably be your safest bet. And a name… hmmm. Yeah no idea… I literally spent 15 minutes sitting and thinking. Friday morning brain fart…

    1. Its seriously a workout in itself- he’s bloody talented!

      Ahh nice you thinking of starting a link up too 😀 ? It is hard to pick a name, but I’m thinking something with a T seeing as the consensus on here are keen on a Thursday!

      Friday mornings = worst thinking time- Truth.

  14. OMG…I seriously love that video of that guy dancing to Beyoncé! He’s SO into it! That’s like me at my Zumba class…no really! 😉

    Ummm…I’m going to have to think of ideas to title the link-up. I’m seriously so bad at that, but if anything pops into my mind, I’ll let you know.

    I have really, really got to try making my own granola bars. You make it look so easy!

    Have a fab weekend Arman!

    1. I’d love to come to one of your Zumba classes now then- especially if its as epic as that guy!

      Anything no bake is generally a safe bet in terms of simplicity…I’ve probably cursed myself now and will mess an attempt up! hope your having a great weekend and forthcoming week off!

  15. NOOOOOO Queen B get out of there!! Poor B. I didn’t use MSN messenger but I did use AIM—pretty similar I’d say and sooo funny to look back on/think about. I wish I could help you with the name for link-up but alliteration and me don’t get along. I would say a weekend day would probs be best though!

  16. Actually my extra random post today was just for you, Arman. I used to have AIM, but I think the sentiment is the same. Man, I remember the days BEFORE you could see if someone was typing. I used to be on that thing all NIGHT. Crazy.

  17. Ooh, I can’t wait to see you with a moustache! 😛

    I absolutely love granola bars but the store versions usually have way too much sugar and most of the recipes I’ve found are way too troublesome for lazy ole me. Thanks for sharing a no bake recipe, seriously that and easy are the buzz words I look for in recipes.

  18. I love the idea of Movember. There’s a kid I know growing a pretty fancy stash right now. I think that the iPhone is an extension of MSN or AIM because you can see when people are typing… so it messes with your mind. Like if someone types for a while then stops and never sends anything, it’s like… what were you going to say!??! Same with the “read at” feature. Heartbreaking when someone reads and doesn’t respond.

          1. It worked and they’re amazing- tastes like the inside of a peanut butter cup. Here’s my substitutes: flax meal for oat bran, quinoa flakes for oats, added a scoop of vegan protein powder because the quinoa is not as absorbing as oats, and cut the honey in half. So amazing. Thank you

  19. Ha, I’m glad you stole my giveaway idea!! You would think that being a journalist would make me creative and good at thinking of these kinds of things, but nope. I got nothing!

    LOL I laughed so hard at those MSN Messenger pics. Ahhh it takes me back. And that dancing video is AMAZING. He is seriously better than Beyonce. Back when I was dancing, my friends used to heckle me to dance like her, because according to them I was better. I don’t know about that… My best friend when I was 18/19 is actually one of the best known drag queens in Australia now, but back then I spent a looooot of time going to amateur drag nights and this was exactly what it was like!

    1. You’ll need to video that- Love a white girl who dances better than Queen B haha!

      Join the club- I did a minor in English and Journalism and the most creative I can come up with is Thursday things. Great.

  20. I think you need to have something sparkly and colorful in the name of your link up. Color My World, True Colors, Sparkle-tastic, Rainbow Bright & Beautiful, Shine On, etc..I love your Off The Cuff Fridays logo 😀

    I’ve never had sunbutter before though..i know right?! But those sunbutter bars sound great – especially if i sub with AB or PB..yum!

    btw I choose Chris Koo..Queen B can stay in the bin! x

  21. Wow, that guy can almost put Beyonce out of work! Shake it boy!! 😉
    How about ‘Self Talk Saturday’ for the link-up? Or ‘Two-Bit Thursday’ where everyone can share their two bits about themselves. Sorry, I’m lame when it comes to thinking up names. 😉

  22. oh my goodness MSN. Do you remember ICQ? That was my first chat operating system lol

    Your recipe looks amazing. Thanks, as always, for linking up to #RECIPEFRIDAY. You sure bring inspiration to the plate 😉

  23. i think MSN was more of an international thing but i did AIM. i had so many screen names…i was obsessed with clay aiken at one point and had aiken4clayalways. when i got a little more mature i had loveignitesstars which i thought was very ~*mystical*~ and pensive. my very first screen name ever was gelpengirl12 – it’s the classic. i totally remember when someone was typing for awhile and i would just stare wondering what they were saying. i still do that on gchat actually! and i definitely had a history of asking friends if someone had blocked me. sometimes..they had! oh middle/high school drama.
    i’m still brainstorming on this alliteration thing. i don’t want to take the thunder from MIMM or WIAW…i know that three things thursday is already a thing but maybe we could just make it a thing where you share three things about yourself, not three things in general?

    1. So true actually- most of you guys used Aim and I had never! I swear most of my female friends had ‘hot’ ‘baby’ ‘sexy’ in their names or msn names lol! That reminds of the elusive myspace top friends…dear God if you got downgraded a spot!

      I definitely don’t want to make it a Monday-Wednesday or Friday- the general consensus seems to think Thursday is best but the three thing concept could definitely work- especially if its themed! Thanks for the suggestions!

  24. I did AIM, but not MSN! I don’t know if it’s a timing thing or a country thing or what. How about “Saturdays/ Sundays are for Sharing,” “Saturday/ Sunday Selfie: Blog-Style,” “Thursday Thoughts” …. OK that’s all I’ve got. 🙂 Excited to learn more about the bloggers, though!

    1. Thanks for the suggestions Megan- I think the consensus is for a Thursday or incorporating thoughts is one to consider 😉

      I do think Aim is an American thing and MSN elsewhere! Definitely excited to roll this out!

  25. Spill It Saturday/Sunday. Friday Free Fallings. Talkative Tuesdays. Tell It Tuesday. Monday Mumbles. Thursday Thoughts. Ahhhh… Fried brain over here. I’ve got nothing else. I’ve used up all of my smart words for the reports I’m writing.

    Alright. Not really as I only have 2 paragraphs done.

    I never used MSN, but I did use AOL/AIM. And I can completely relate to all of those. Did MSN have little robot messengers? My friends and I used to harass “Cupid” all of the time and we’d get the most hilarious auto responses back.

    1. We had those moving motion things of dinasours and watermelon ladies (?) haha- that sounds so wrong!

      I definitely like the ‘T’ suggestions- Most people are keen for a Thursday link up so I’ll have to brainstorm T words!

      2 paragraphs is still an achievement….I would take breaks after every damn sentence when essay writing…oops.

  26. Seriously?! That little guys got some MOVES! Dang! Haha! And I think, yeah, pretty sure that I’m the only person who never used MSN. I was into some chat rooms and stuff when I was a teenager, but my computer time was limited…like I was only able to “sneak” and use it when my parents weren’t around and that wasn’t often enough! Ha!

    Hmm, as far as the link up goes, I think if you’re wanting to go with the whole “S” thing, it should definitely be on a Saturday…plus I think since not a lot of bloggers post on Saturdays (including myself) it would be something fun without making anyone start to feel obligated to link up? Maybe… Shout it out Saturday? Say MORE Saturday?

    1. I know right- Its my new go- to HIIT workout lol!

      You and me both- My mum went to such extremes like taking the modem with her whenever I had a day off school lol!

      Thanks for the link up ideas- I think a Sunday one is it- now for the name….I personally wanted something PG13 but I’m afraid it’ll be a 3 person party with us and Meghan.

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