No-Bake 5-Ingredient Homemade Granola Bars (vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free)

The ultimate snack bar is here! It’s made with just 5 ingredients, requires no oven time, and can be made in minutes. These No-Bake 5-Ingredient Homemade Granola Bars were made for busy days that call for a delicious pick me up!

Homemade Granola Bars

You may know by now that I love an energy bite! These are a really awesome way to get both protein and healthy carbohydrates in for that sustainable boost of energy we all need at snack time. I recently decided to make my favorite energy bites into No-Bake 5-Ingredient Homemade Granola Bars and the results were even more delicious than I anticipated! I made sure to really push the dough into the pan so the bars hold their shape after being cut. The result is an on-the-go snack that’s filled with nutrients and tastes amazing! If you make them, be sure to tag me on Instagram so I can see 🙂

Quick Granola Bar Recipe

All About Oats

I use quick-cooking oats for these bars. I like the texture and I find the wet ingredients incorporate better as opposed to rolled oats! If you don’t have quick-cooking, you could place your old-fashioned oats in the food processor and pulse a couple times to break them down a bit. I bake with oats all the time and love them for gluten-free dishes. Oats are full of soluble fiber, and they’re higher in protein and healthful fats than most other whole grains. It’s a nutritious way to get some carbohydrates in!

No-Bake Granola Bars

Almond Butter

Mmm, almond butter…I could eat it with a spoon! Almonds are low in carbohydrates and high in protein, healthy fats, iron, and vitamin E. They’re also a good source of calcium and magnesium. If you have almonds on hand you can make your own Homemade Raw Creamy Almond Butter, which comes together in the food processor in a snap! Any jarred almond butter would work for this recipe, though. I always check the ingredient list to make sure there isn’t any sugar sneaking in! My favorite store-bought almond butter is Trader Joe’s creamy, unsalted Almond Butter. Almonds are the only ingredient and they are raw (not roasted). I find the roasted flavor to be a bit strong and much prefer the mellow, sweet taste of the raw almond butter. Plus, the price is so reasonable at Trader Joe’s!

Easy Granola Bar Recipe

Granola Bar Variations

Once you have a hearty base like this one, you can add any of your favorite granola bar mix-ins. This is also a great way to get kids involved in the kitchen and trying new foods! Some things to consider:

  • Dark chocolate chips (I love Hu brand chocolate gems!)
  • Dried cranberries (unsweetened)
  • Your favorite chopped nuts (or seeds)
  • Shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  • Cocoa powder mixed in
Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

How to Keep Homemade Granola Bars From Falling Apart

This is the hardest part of making homemade granola bars…they crumble! My solution is to push the dough into an 8×8 pan lined with parchment paper. Place another piece of parchment paper on top, then use the bottom of a small glass (or your hands and some muscle!) to really compact the bars. Squishing them together is the most important step to bars that hold their shape! I also put them into the freezer for 4 hours before cutting to really help them solidify.

Vegan Homemade Granola Bar

Storing Homemade Granola Bars

Once frozen and cut into bars I recommend storing them in the refrigerator. This helps them keep their shape without needing time to thaw before enjoying! If you’d like them to last longer, store your homemade granola bars in the freezer, just be sure to let them thaw for 5-10 minutes at room temperature before biting into them.

Refined Sugar-Free Granola Bars

More Snacks for Energy

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Energy Bites

Super Seed No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars
No-Bake Fudgy Quinoa-Chia Bites

Instant Sunflower Energy Balls
No-Bake Flourless Brownie Energy Bites

Raw, Vegan Chocolate-Filled Snack Bars

No-Bake Date Coconut Energy Bites

Easy Apple Nachos
No-Bake Quinoa Energy Bites

Almond Butter & Jelly Energy Bites

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No-Bake Granola Bars

No-Bake 5-Ingredient Granola Bars (vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free)


  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

The ultimate snack bar is here! It’s made with just 5 ingredients, requires no oven time, and can be made in minutes. These No-Bake 5-Ingredient Homemade Granola Bars were made for busy days that call for a delicious pick me up!


Ingredients

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  • 2 cups quick cooking oats (gluten-free if desired)
  • 1.5 cups raw, creamy, unsalted almond butter (ideally not roasted for best flavor)
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt

Optional Topping: vegan dark chocolate chips


Instructions

  1. Place oats, almond butter, maple syrup, vanilla and salt in a medium-sized mixing bowl.  Stir until well combined.  
  2. Transfer the mixture to an 8×8 baking pan lined with parchment paper.  Place another sheet of parchment paper overtop and use a small glass to flatten the mixture into one even layer that covers the entire baking pan.  Top with chocolate chips if desired.  Place the parchment paper overtop the chocolate chips and press them into the mixture.
  3. Place the baking pan in the freezer for 4 hours.  Remove from freezer and sliced into eight rectangular granola bars.  Wrap each bar separately in parchment paper and store in the freezer or refrigerator.  If storing in the freezer you will need to let the granola thaw out and soften a bit before enjoying (about 15 minutes).  

Notes

For energy bites instead of granola bars: Once the ingredients are all mixed together, use a 1.5 cookie scoop to portion out 20 energy bites.  Roll each bite between the palms of your hands to create a round shape.  Enjoy immediately or place the energy balls on a parchment lined flat surface and freeze.  Once frozen solid, transfer the energy bites to a freezer safe silicone storage bag to consolidate and store in the freezer or refrigerator.  Remove from freezer 15 minutes before enjoying to allow them to soften slightly.  Store in the refrigerator to enjoy immediately.  

Instead of chocolate chips, you can also drizzle melted dark chocolate chip overtop the granola bars in a zig zag pattern.  Sprinkle with unsweetened shredded coconut or hemp seeds if desired. 

  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Freezer

Keywords: no-bake vegan granola bar

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