Gone are the days of granola bars made from candy bar ingredients. These healthy no-bake granola bars are not only good for you, they taste better than store-bought brands in our humble opinions.
This Isn’t a Quaker Chewy Dipps Bar
We’re not trying to put down the kind of granola bars that make you feel like you’re eating a chocolate dipped treat. Well, we kind of are because it’s crazy to think they’re marketed as a healthy treat. You may as well just give your kid a Snickers and be done with it!
With ingredients like corn syrup, milk fat, and palm oil, it’s no wonder we decided to come up with a healthier alternative. And that’s how these granola bars were created! Trust us, it still tastes like you’re enjoying a treat. But, we also made these with wholesome ingredients you’ll actually feel comfortable feeding to your family.
Plus, they’re a great way to get in some healthy fats and protein since there’s a variety of nuts and seeds in each bite. It’s the perfect kind of snack for all lifestyles. Whether you’re hiking, running errands, or taking care of the kids, these handy dandy bars are there for you. They are quick and simple to make, so you can have a batch on hand at all times!
So, are you ready to replace those junk bars with some real food?!
Key Ingredients for Healthy No-Bake Granola Bars
- Rolled oats: these are amongst some of the healthiest grains in the world. We love the taste of fresh rolled oats with their nutty, toasty, and sweet notes. They’re the perfect base to use in a homemade granola bar. Plus, they work in conjunction with dates and nut butters to bind everything together. Oats are absolutely loaded with nutrients too. In just a 1/2 cup, there is more than 30% of your daily needs of manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, and thiamine. And did we mention, they’re naturally gluten-free?
- Dates: ahh, the delicious fruit of the date palm tree. These sweet nuggets pack a heap of vitamins and minerals. In just 3.5 oz, there is 20% of your daily potassium needs (move over bananas, a new fruit is in town). Whenever possible, we enjoy using fruit to sweeten our meals since it’s healthier than processed options like corn syrup and refined sugar. If anything, it just allows for all the other flavors to come through even more. And as we discussed previously, the dates in this recipe help to hold everything together.
- Peanut butter: we don’t know about you guys, but we often catch each other taking a heaping spoonful of peanut butter directly from the jar. We literally eat this stuff by the spoonful because it’s just so delicious (especially when it’s our favorite brand, Adams). We’d like to think we’re peanut butter connoisseurs. And rest assured, even though eating lots of this calorie-dense food adds up, it’s full of heart healthy fats which are great for reducing LDL cholesterol (that’s the bad kind).
- Pumpkin seeds: don’t be fooled by their size, these small seeds pack a punch! They contain a whopping 7g of protein per oz, along with a healthy dose of essential minerals like zinc, copper, and iron. They also add a salty and crunchy element to these already delicious granola bars.
How to Make Healthy No-Bake Granola Bars
It’s best if you start off by pitting, then soaking the dates in hot water for at least an hour, but preferably overnight. Once they’ve softened, drain the water and blend them in a high-speed blender or food processor.
You want to end up with a fairly smooth consistency, so stop the blender and scrape down the sides a few times. It’s okay if there are a few smaller chunks left though since they’ll add a chewy element to the bars.
Once you have your date paste ready, add all of the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Stir thoroughly with a wooden spoon, or with your hands if you’re feeling like a savage.
Once the dry ingredients are combined, pour in the date paste, runny (or slightly melted) nut butter, and the coconut nectar. Stir your granola mixture again, making sure to coat everything in the wet ingredients.
Then, line a couple loaf pans with parchment paper, and divide the granola evenly. Press the mixture down firmly with your hands or a spatula.
Lastly, set the loaf pans in the freezer for about an hour or overnight. Once they’ve had time to set, cut your bars into snack-size portions, just like Quaker!
How to Store No-Bake Granola Bars
These bars are best stored in the freezer for up to 1 month. They can also be kept in the fridge for 7-10 days if you prefer a softer texture. We wouldn’t recommend keeping these bars at room temperature for longer than a day since they will loose their shape.
Why You’ll Love These Healthy No-Bake Granola Bars
They’re the perfect snack to have on the go, during a busy day, or when you need a little something extra. They’re:
If you make this recipe, don’t forget to leave a comment, rate it, and tag us on Instagram with #brokebankvegan. Happy eating!
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14 servings per container
Serving Size1 servings
- Amount Per ServingCalories243
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat 12.6g 20%
- Saturated Fat 2.8g 14%
- Sodium 2mg 1%
- Potassium 231.7mg 7%
- Total Carbohydrate 29.4g 10%
- Dietary Fiber 3.6g 15%
- Sugars 15.8g
- Protein 6.3g 13%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Do I have to use tahini in this recipe?
You do not have to use tahini. You can just add more peanut butter, or any nut butter of your liking as a substitute.
I don’t have pumpkin seeds. Is there something else I can use instead?
The seeds in this recipe can be customized to your preference. If you don’t have pumpkin seeds, you can replace them with sunflower seeds or chia seeds. But really, any seeds will work.
What else can I sweeten these with?
If you don’t have coconut nectar, you can replace it with brown rice syrup for a similar texture. Agave nectar or maple syrup will work too with a slightly softer texture.