No Bake Granola Bars

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No Bake Granola Bars are wholesome, easy to make, and best of all—absolutely delicious. Made with ingredients like rolled oats, almond butter, honey, and dark chocolate chips, these tasty treats are perfect for on-the-go breakfasts and snacks.

296 CALORIES37g CARBS16g FAT6g PROTEIN
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As much as I love heating up the oven for a nice home-cooked breakfast, there are many days when I simply don’t have the time. Easy recipes like this No Bake Granola Bars recipe have saved me more times than I can count. They are a great way to get a filling, satisfying breakfast on the go. They are also great for kids' lunches and better for you than store-bought protein and granola bars.

This recipe is loaded with fiber, protein, vitamins, and antioxidants. It has all the good stuff that nourishes our bodies, with none of the artificial sugars and additives found in store-bought granola bars.  This recipe is naturally gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and dairy-free, making it the perfect guilt-free indulgence for any occasion.

Serve them up for breakfast, pack them into your kids’ lunches as a side dish, or bring them with you when you’re rushing out the door and need a quick bite. These easy homemade granola bars are the perfect healthy breakfast or snack for the whole family to enjoy and they are easy to customize with any toppings you like.

Homemade granola bars with rolled oats, cinnamon, chia seeds, and chocolate chips on a wire rack.

Key Ingredients and Easy Swaps

To make this easy and healthy dish, you will need the following key ingredients:

  • Rolled oats: Known as one of the healthiest grains on earth, rolled oats are packed with fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. They make the perfect base for these delicious granola bars. Both rolled oats and quick cooking oats work for this recipe. Quick cooking oats have a softer texture for the final product, while rolled oats are heartier. 
  • Almond butter: Not only does this help everything stick together, but it’s also loaded with healthy fats, protein, and fiber to help keep you full for longer. Any nut butter works including sunflower seed butter for nut-free option, peanut butter for a classic option, or cashew butter for a subtle nut flavor.
  • Coconut oil: Much like almond butter, coconut oil is a great source of healthy fats. It also adds a richer flavor and acts as a binding agent to keep the granola mixture together.
  • Honey: This acts as a natural sweetener and flavor enhancer. For vegan granola bars, swap out the honey for pure maple syrup or agave nectar instead.
  • Add-ins: My add-ins of choice are flax seeds (or flaxseed meal), chia seeds, and dark chocolate chips. The seeds add a ton of nutrients and omega-3 fatty acids, while the chocolate makes the bars extra delicious! However, you can use any combination of add-ins you like. Some favorites include mini chocolate chips, sunflower seeds, walnuts, dried fruit, and freeze-dried fruit.

Recipe Variations

Here are some of my favorite ways to switch up these No Bake Granola Bars:

  • Add some nuts. To make these granola bars even more hearty and satisfying, try adding some whole or chopped nuts. Almonds, cashews, and pecans all work well.
  • Make it vegan-friendly. This recipe can easily be made vegan-friendly by swapping out the honey with maple syrup or agave. Just make sure your chocolate chips are dairy-free!
  • Use a different nut butter. I like to use almond butter, but you can use any kind you like. Other great options include peanut butter, sun butter, and cashew butter.
  • Add dried fruit. You can up the sweetness with all kinds of dried fruit! Some of my favorite choices include banana chips, raisins, dried cranberries, shredded coconut, and dried apricots.
  • Give them a chocolate drizzle. If you’re a chocolate lover like me, then you know you can never have too much chocolate. By melting coconut oil and chocolate chips together, you can create a delicious chocolate sauce to drizzle over the tops of the granola bars before setting them in the fridge.

Baking dish with no-bake granola bars with chocolate chips and cinnamon.

Make it a Meal: What to Serve with Granola Bars

While I love serving these granola bars on their own as a quick and easy breakfast or snack, they work great as part of a larger meal. If you’re looking to make these easy more filling, consider pairing them with: 

How to Store No-Bake Granola Bars

This recipe is fantastic for meal prep, so I typically like to make a big batch over the weekend to keep throughout the week for my family to grab when they’re in need of a healthy snack. These bars are also super helpful to have on hand when I’m running late and need a quick bite on my way out the door. To store your granola bars, you can transfer them to an airtight storage bag or container and store them in one of two ways:

  • In the fridge for up to 10 days.
  • In the freezer for up to 1 month.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about this dish:

The key to ensuring that granola bars stick together is oil. In this recipe, we use coconut oil. Honey, almond butter, and chia seeds all play a hand in keeping these bars together as well, so there’s no chance of them falling apart on you as long as you refrigerate them for at least 4 hours.

Absolutely! This dish freezes very well. To store these homemade granola bars, simply transfer them into an airtight bag or container and freeze them for up to a month.

While store-bought granola bars are often loaded with artificial sugars, flavors, and other additives, homemade granola bars are a totally different case. Because we make these bars from scratch, we can ensure that only wholesome ingredients are used. This recipe is filled with vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, and antioxidants, making it a perfectly healthy dish when consumed in moderation.

Oat granola bars made with honey and almond butter with chocolate chips wrapped in parchment paper.
The Recipe
No bake granola bars with rolled oats, almond butter, chocolate chips, chia seeds, and flax seeds on a marble board.

No Bake Granola Bars

PREP TIME: 10 Min
COOK TIME: 4 Hours
TOTAL TIME: 4 Hours, 10 Min
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Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup honey (or pure maple syrup)
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 3 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips (or chunks)

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Instructions

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1

Add the honey, coconut oil, and almond butter to a medium sized pot. Bring to a simmer and cook for 1 minute or until just combined. Immediately remove from heat.

2

Stir in the cinnamon, vanilla extract, and salt. Let cool for 10-15 minutes.

3

Line a 9 X 9 pan with parchment paper.

4

Stir the oats, chia seeds, flax seeds, and chocolate chips in the honey mixture.

5

Press down into the pan, using another sheet of parchment paper to press down hard. Place in the fridge overnight, at least 4 hours. Cut into 10 bars.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1 bar
Amount Per Serving
Calories 296
Calories from Fat 143
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g
24%
Saturated Fat 8g
40%
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 41mg
2%
Total Carbohydrate 37g
12%
Dietary Fiber 4g
17%
Sugars 18g
Protein 6g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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