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Healthy No-Bake Granola Bars

Healthy No-Bake Granola Bars

$4.67 recipe | $0.33 serving
Crunchy, chewy, and just the right sweetness. These healthy no-bake granola bars are not only good for you, they taste way better than store-bought brands.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Rest time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American, Gluten-Free, Vegan
Servings 14 bars
Calories 243 kcal

Equipment

  • Food processor
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Loaf pans
  • Parchment paper

Ingredients
 

  • ½ cup Medjool dates, soaked ($0.92)
  • 2 cups rolled oats ($0.38)
  • 1 cup crispy rice cereal ($0.04)
  • ½ cup dried cranberries ($0.34)
  • ¼ cup mini vegan chocolate chips ($0.34)
  • cup pumpkin seeds ($0.59)
  • cup sesame seeds ($0.82)
  • A pinch of sea salt ($0.01)
  • ¼ cup tahini ($0.24)
  • ½ cup natural smooth peanut butter ($0.88)
  • ¼ cup coconut nectar ($0.45)

Instructions
 

  • Start by pitting, then soaking the dates in hot water for at least 1 hour, but preferably overnight. Once they've softened, drain the water and blend them in a high-speed blender or food processor until smooth. You may have to stop and scrape down the sides a few times.
  • Once you have your date paste ready, add the rolled oats, crispy rice cereal, dried cranberries, mini chocolate chips, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, and salt into a large mixing bowl. Stir thoroughly with a wooden spoon or your hands.
  • Once the dry ingredients are mixed, combine the date paste, runny (or slightly melted) tahini and peanut butter, and the coconut nectar in a separate bowl. Pour all of this into the bowl of dry ingredients, and mix well.
  • Then, line 2 loaf pans with parchment paper. Divide the granola evenly between both pans, pressing 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 to store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

Notes

  • The brand of mini chocolate chips we like is Enjoy Life.
  • If your tahini or nut butter has hardened, melt it slightly in the microwave in 10-second bursts to help it mix easier.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Healthy No-Bake Granola Bars
Serving Size
 
1 bar
Amount per Serving
Calories
243
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
12.6
g
19
%
Saturated Fat
 
2.8
g
18
%
Trans Fat
 
0
g
Cholesterol
 
0
mg
0
%
Sodium
 
2
mg
0
%
Potassium
 
231.7
mg
7
%
Carbohydrates
 
29.4
g
10
%
Fiber
 
3.6
g
15
%
Sugar
 
15.8
g
18
%
Protein
 
6.3
g
13
%
Vitamin A
 
90
IU
2
%
Vitamin C
 
0.9
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
40
mg
4
%
Iron
 
2.4
mg
13
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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