Nut Free Granola Bars


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These nut free granola bars are made with 4 simple ingredients with zero baking required. They’re the perfect kid-friendly, school-safe snack!

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nut free granola bars.

We’re major snackers in my family, so having granola bars on hand is a must. But not all granola bars are created equal. Sometimes, we need a nut-free alternative. That’s where this nut-free granola bar recipe comes in. These pack in tons of flavor in a fiber-packed snack.

Table of Contents
  1. Why I love this recipe
  2. Ingredients needed
  3. How to make nut free granola bars
  4. Arman’s recipe tips
  5. Storage instructions
  6. More no bake snack recipes
  7. Nut Free Granola Bars (Recipe Card)

Why I love this recipe

  • 4 ingredients. For such an easy and delicious snack, you’ll love that it’s made with just four ingredients, most of which you probably have on hand already. 
  • Easily customizable. Not a fan of dried fruit? Swap it out for some seeds, coconut flakes, or chocolate chips. The options are limitless.
  • Cheaper than store-bought. I’m blown away by how expensive granola bars are nowadays! This recipe is a fraction of the cost AND way healthier, in my opinion. 
  • Back to school friendly. With most schools adopting a nut-free environment, you can keep your kids satisfied between classes with these homemade granola bars.

Ingredients needed

  • Quick oats. Also known as “instant oats.” If you’d like these granola bars to be gluten-free, use certified gluten-free oats. 
  • Sea salt. Just a pinch to bring out the sweet flavors. 
  • Sunbutter or tahini. For texture and to bind the other ingredients. Make sure whichever you use is smooth and drippy with no added sugar. 
  • Honey. Raw honey, but you can also use maple syrup, brown rice syrup, or golden syrup. If you use the latter two, your granola bars will be much darker. 
  • Dried fruit and chocolate chips. I used a mix of dried cranberries, blueberries, and raisins.

How to make nut free granola bars

I’ve included step-by-step photos below to make this recipe easy to follow at home. For the full printable recipe instructions and ingredient quantities, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Step 1- Combine ingredients. In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients. In a microwave-safe bowl, add the sunflower butter and honey and microwave until smooth. Transfer the mixture to the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Fold in the dried fruit.

Step 2- Shape and refrigerate. Transfer the mixture to the lined pan and press down until smooth on top. Refrigerate the bars for at least an hour to firm up.

Step 3- Slice. Remove the pan from the fridge and slice into bars.

homemade nut-free granola bars.

Arman’s recipe tips

  • Use a warm, sharp knife. To make cutting the bars easier, I like to run my knife under hot water, then dry it, slice it, and repeat it. 
  • Make chewier bars. If you like your bars on the chewy side, swap half of the instant oats for rolled oats or “old fashioned oats.” 
  • Use peanut butter instead. If you don’t have a nut allergy, you can use peanut butter or almond butter instead. 
  • Add mix-ins. Like vegan chocolate chips, coconut flakes, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, or chia seeds. 
  • Enhance the flavor. Add a dash of cinnamon or a teaspoon of vanilla extract to really make these bars pop.

Storage instructions

To store: Granola bars are best stored in the refrigerator, covered. They will keep well for up 2 weeks. 

To freeze: Place leftover bars in a ziplock bag and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months.

nut free granola bar.

More no bake snack recipes

nut free granola bar recipe.

Nut Free Granola Bars

5 from 85 votes
These nut free granola bars are made with 4 simple ingredients with zero baking required. They’re the perfect kid-friendly, school-safe snack!
Servings: 12 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups quick oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup tahini or sunflower seed butter
  • 1/4 cup honey or brown rice syrup
  • 1/3 cup dried fruit apricots, blueberries, and cranberries


  • Line an 8 x 8-inch pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add your oats in salt and mix well. In a microwave safe bowl, add the tahini and honey and microwave in 20-second spurts until the honey is warm. Whisk the honey and tahini together until smooth. Transfer the melted mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Fold through the dried fruit at the end.
  • Transfer the mixture into the lined pan and press down until smooth on top. Refrigerate the bars for at least an hour to firm up.
  • Remove the pan from the refrigerator and slice into bars.


TO STORE: Granola bars are best stored in the refrigerator, covered. They will keep well for up 2 weeks. 
TO FREEZE: Place leftover bars in a ziplock bag and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 121kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 3gFat: 6gSodium: 4mgPotassium: 93mgFiber: 2gVitamin A: 7IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 1mgNET CARBS: 13g
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
Tried this recipe?Give us a shout at @thebigmansworld or tag #thebigmansworld!

Originally published August 2021, updated and republished May 2024

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. Thank you for the free e-book! I was actually scrolling down to find a link to purchase a hard copy book then saw the link to the e-book – greatly appreciated 👏🏼
    Do you also have hard copy books avail to purchase & do your recipe books have notes on customising recipes for dairy free & gluten free options?
    Many thanks Chantal

  2. PG 13…Sassy Sunday Sexcapades or just PG Say Anything Sunday.

    Man that kid can dance. I could learn a thing or two. I may need to bring his moves to my kitchen dance parties.

    1. Next time I EVER complain I have no time to do a cardio workout- I’m copying his dance moves. Seriously. That puts body pump and step classes to shame.

  3. 5 stars
    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.

  4. 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.

  5. 5 stars
    I am useless with creative stuff so will leave for others – fun for the rest of the post! 🙂 Too funny on the mustache & dancing & well,m so much! Great recipe!

    1. The moustache is NOT a great look on me- It actually looks fake haha! I’m going to do that dance next time I want to do HIIT.

  6. 5 stars
    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!

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