These no-bake healthy granola bars are easy one-bowl granola bars loaded with nourishing seeds, nuts, and almond butter. Perfect school lunch bars for kids, 100% refined sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free.
These no-bake healthy granola bars are inspired by my low-carb granola bar recipe that I shared on my low-carb blog.
Since my husband runs about 100 km weekly, he loves good complex carbs, including oats. This no-bake healthy granola bar recipe is perfect for nourishing breakfast on the go or post-workout refuel.
They are low in unrefined sugar but loaded with good carbs to refuel after a long workout.
How to make No-bake healthy granola bar
These are healthy homemade granola bars with a delicious crunchy texture naturally coming from oats, nuts, seeds. Plus, the no-bake granola bar recipe is very easy to make in only 30 minutes.
Let’s see what ingredients you need.
Wholesome nourishing ingredients
All you need to make these no-bake granola bars are simple, wholesome ingredients.
Note that I am using two types of oats in this recipe. Feel free to use only old fashioned rolled oats, if preferred, but first, let me explain why both sizes of oats make the bars delicious!
- Quick cooking oats are the ones you use for porridge. They are tiny pieces of wholegrains oats. This oat size gives the bulk of the no-bake granola bars.
- Wholegrain oats, also called old-fashioned, rolled oats or jumbo oats, look like flat, large discs of oats
- Creamy almond butter – I used lightly roasted almond putter from pics peanut butter. Their almond butter is not grainy, with light color similar to peanut butter. You can use any nut butter in this recipe, like peanut butter, macadamia butter r cashew butter. Sunflower seed butter would work as well.
- Flax meal – it adds texture to the bar by absorbing liquid you can replace by ground chia seed if preferred.
- Almonds – finely chopped or any nuts or seeds you like.
- Unsweetened shredded coconut
- Coconut sugar – it has a low GI compared to sugar and adds a delicious caramel flavor to the bars. If you watch your sugar intake, replace it with the same amount of sugar-free monk fruit crystal sweetener. Also, note that any unrefined crystal sugar will work in this recipe. I don’t recommend liquid sweeteners. They make the bar too soft.
- Unrefined coconut oil – don’t replace it with another oil, or the bars won’t hold. If you don’t like coconut oil flavor, use refined coconut oil. It has no flavor.
How to make nut-free granola bars?
A homemade chewy granola bars
These no-bake granola bars are very crunchy just out of the fridge, but they become homemade chewy granola bars after only 10 minutes at room temperature.
I highly recommend storing these bars in the fridge as they will melt and soften quickly.
However, for a chewy texture, wait 10 minutes before digging in.
More healthy vegan breakfast recipes
If you love easy nutritious vegan breakfast recipes, you may also want to try my recipe below.
Enjoy the recipe and save it for later on Pinterest!
Your friend, Carine
Healthy No-bake Granola Bars
- ½ cup Old fashioned Rolled Oats
- ½ cup Quick cooking oats - or more Old fashioned Rolled Oats
- ⅓ cup Flaxseed Meal
- 2 tablespoons Chia Seeds
- ⅓ cup Almonds - chopped
- 2 tablespoons Coconut - unsweetened shredded
- ¾ cup Peanut Butter - or almond butter
- 3 tablespoons Coconut Oil
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- ¼ cup Coconut Sugar - or sugar-free erythritol stevia blend
- Line a 9×5-inch rectangle loaf pan with a piece of parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, add the wholegrain rolled oats, quick cooking oats, flaxseed meal, chia seeds, chopped almonds, and shredded coconut. Give a good stir to combine. Set aside.
- In a small saucepan, add creamy peanut butter (or almond butter), coconut oil, vanilla, and coconut sugar.
- Bring the saucepan under medium heat and whisk constantly to melt the coconut sugar (or sugar-free sweetener) into the nut butter. It shouldn't take more than 2 minutes. When small bubbles are forming on the sides of the pan, it is ready to remove from heat.
- Pour the liquid onto the dry ingredients and combine with a spoon at first. Then, use your hands to squeeze the mixture to make sure that all the liquid covers the dry ingredients. It should be sticky.
- Pour the granola batter into a loaf pan covered with a piece of parchment paper.
- Press the granola mixture firmly with a spatula. You should have no air left between the mixture. Sprinkle sliced almonds on top of the bars and press them firmly to stick to the top.
- Place the loaf pan 20 minutes into the freezer to set the bar.
- In a small saucepan, under low heat, melt the chocolate along with coconut oil and peanut butter.
Chocolate peanut butter drizzle
- Drizzle the melted chocolate peanut butter sauce onto the bar.
- Return the bar for 5 minutes into the freezer to set the chocolate.
- Lift the granola bar block from the loaf pan pulling the pieces of parchment paper.
- Cut the block into 10 granola bars using a sharp knife. You can warm the knife blade under a gas cooktop flame to make it easier to slice.
- Store the bar in the fridge in a ziplock bag or airtight container for up to 2 weeks. You can freeze the bars and defrost them for 3 hours before eating. The bars soften quickly at room temperature on hot days. They must be stored in a cool place, preferably in a fridge to keep them firm.