Nut Free Granola Bars


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These nut free granola bars are made with just 4 ingredients and require NO baking. No dairy, no butter, and no nuts needed, they make a filling and healthy snack! 

nut free granola bars

Nut Free Granola Bars

When it comes to nut free snacks, my favorite recipes to make are flapjacks, chocolate muffins, and these nut free granola bars. 

It’s no secret that I’m a serial snacker and when I recently had to cut out nuts from my diet to do some allergy testing, my snack game remained strong. This is due to countless batches of insanely delicious nut free bars! 

Why these nut free granola bars will be your favorite nut free recipe-

  • 4 ingredients. For such a easy and delicious snack, you’ll love that it’s made with just four ingredients- oats, tahini, honey, and dried fruit! 
  • Easily customizable. Not a fan of dried fruit? Swap it out for some seeds, coconut flakes, or vegan chocolate chips. 
  • No baking required. Keep those ovens turned off because these require zero baking. 
  • Back to school friendly. With most schools now adopting a nut free environment, you can keep your kids satisfied between classes with these homemade granola bars. 

I’ve been meaning to share a nut free granola bar recipe for quite some time. They’ve been one of my favorite office snacks to share with my colleagues because many of them have peanut allergies and I’d rather not use ANY nuts! 

No nuts, no butter, and no oil are needed, but you’d never tell. The texture is soft and chewy, yet stable at room temperature. They are pleasantly sweet with bits of dried fruit throughout, and you won’t taste the tahini at all. 

With many of us in situations like schools or workplaces that are peanut free and have actual bans on any nut products, these homemade granola bars are your snacking answer, nut allergy or not!

How do you make nut free granola bars?

The Ingredients

  • Quick oats– Quick cooking or instant oats. If you’d like these granola bars to be gluten free, use certified gluten free oats. 
  • Salt– Just a pinch to bring out the sweet flavors. 
  • Tahini– Smooth and drippy tahini or sunflower seed butter (sunbutter). 
  • Honey– Raw honey, but you can also use brown rice syrup or golden syrup. If you use the latter two, your granola bars will be much darker. 
  • Dried fruit– I used a mix of dried apricots, cranberries, and blueberries. 

The Instructions

In a large mixing bowl, add the oats and salt and set aside. In a microwave safe bowl, combine your tahini and honey and microwave in 15-second spurts until the honey is warm and the tahini has softened. Whisk together until combined. Next, add the wet ingredients into the mixing bowl and mix together until combined.

Now, transfer into a lined square pan and press the mixture into the pan and smooth out the top. Refrigerate the bars for at least an hour to firm up.

no bake nut free granola bars

Tips to make the best recipe

  • For an even chewier texture, you can sub out half the quick cooking oats with rolled oats. 
  • If you don’t follow a nut free diet, peanut butter or almond butter can be used instead of the tahini. 
  • If you use sunflower seed butter, don’t be alarmed if your bars turn a slight tinge of green- It’s a common occurrence with all sorts of recipes using it. 
  • Feel free to add other nut-free mix ins, like vegan chocolate chips, coconut flakes, or seeds. 

Storing and freezing no bake nut free 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.

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Nut Free Granola Bars (4 Ingredients!)

5 from 66 votes
These nut free granola bars are soft, chewy, and made with 4 ingredients! No baking required, these bars are a healthy and wholesome snack!
Servings: 12 servings
Prep: 2 mins
Cook: 2 mins
Total: 4 mins


  • 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
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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. 5 stars
    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. 😀

    1. Truth or dare over msn- the BEST. My mum used to take the modem with her to work when I had days off because I was always on it!

      Hope you do try the bars!

  2. 5 stars
    MSN! Yes.. omg I was obsessed. And when internet was still on dial up and someone picked up the phone when you were in a deep convo with someone and then BAM disconnected! Hahah throwback for sure.

    1. Oh that was the worst…..and you couldn’t sms them because you were on a $30 pre paid a month plan and had to save all your credit (or was that just me… lol)

  3. 5 stars
    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.

  4. 5 stars
    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!

  5. 5 stars
    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!

    1. Thanks for the feedback Erin! Its so funny we never used Aim but I hear all you guys up in the Northern Hemisphere preferred that over msn! So much time wasted on that damn thing!

  6. 5 stars
    I can sooo relate to those MSN messenger. What was I thinking doing A/S/L and long statuses (seriously)…I will have to make some granola bar this weekend. thanks for the inspiration.

    1. No worries, Dixya! Ohhh I forgot about the A/S/L thing….geebuz I ‘met’ so many weirdos through that!

  7. 5 stars
    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.

    1. and that is why I loved it 😉

      Join the club- My mum used to take the modem with her to work on my days off because I was so damn addicted to it!

  8. 5 stars
    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.

    1. Haha, it might scare you…

      Some of the store bought ones really are just sugar in a nice little package! Fail!

  9. 5 stars
    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. Ohhhh I completely forgot about iphones- YES. So true- and when it just stops. Frustrating to the max.

  10. 5 stars
    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.

  11. 5 stars
    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

    1. Thanks for the suggestions!

      The bars will definitely work with another nut butter- You need to try sunbutter though it is so good! I have a giveaway planned next week 😉

  12. 5 stars
    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. 😉

    1. Two bit Thursdays sound great- The general consensus seem to favour Thursday as the day for the link up so something with T is on the books!

  13. 5 stars
    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 😉

    1. I’ve never heard of ICQ! Although my mum was SO strict with my internet usage so I barely was allowed msn…although found ways around it 😉

      Thank YOU for being the ever FUreaking awesome host!

  14. 5 stars
    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!