Super Seed No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars (vegan + gluten-free)

This easy, no-bake recipe is the perfect snack anytime of day. It is full of dietary fiber, plant-based protein and healthy fats. 

One-Pan Mexican Quinoa and Black Beans

Homemade granola bars have never been easier.  This no-bake recipe is a great option for a healthy and satisfying snack.  These bars offer whole grains, heart-healthy fiber, plant-based protein and the perfect touch of sweetness.  

I’m a big fan of soft and chewy granola bars and lately I have been loving this combination.  You can even substitute mini vegan chocolate chips in place of the dried fruit for a different spin on the recipe.

To boost the nutrition in this recipe I added ground flaxseeds which are rich in heart-healthy fiber, plant-based omega-3 fatty acids and lignans (an antioxidant-rich phytonutrient). 

no-bake vegan granola bars chewy

Of course, these granola bars are gluten-free and vegan and I even made them nut-free since I have so many nut-free readers now.  You could certainly substitute nuts (walnuts, pecans, cashews, almonds) for the sunflower seeds if you prefer.  Just grind them up slightly in a food processor so the chunks aren’t so big.

To make them, simply press the mixture into an 8 x 8 pan and freeze.  

One-Pan Mexican Quinoa and Black Beans

Then cut and enjoy straight out of the freezer!

You can wrap them in parchment paper if you are taking them on-the go.

My kids go crazy over these colorful bars.  They make the perfect after-school snack to tide kids over until dinner time.  On busy mornings I grab one from the freezer if I cannot make my morning smoothie right away.  I love how easy they are to make and they are always perfect for when you are in need of a speedy, nutrient-packed snack.

Here they are shown with dried fruit in place of chocolate chips.

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One-Pan Mexican Quinoa and Black Beans

Super Seed No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars


  • Prep Time: 7 mins
  • Total Time: 7 mins
  • Yield: 12 1x

Description

This easy, no-bake recipe is the perfect snack anytime of day. It is full of dietary fiber, plant-based protein and healthy fats.


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Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups old fashioned oats (gluten-free if desired)
  • 1 cup brown rice crisp cereal
  • ½ cup raw, unsalted sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup ground flaxseed (I use Barlean’s Forti-Flax)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened dried cranberries, cherries or raisins (or sub mini vegan dark chocolate chips)
  • 2 tablespoons white sesame seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted, unsweetened creamy nut or seed butter (I like to use raw almond butter from Trader Joe’s)
  • 1/4 cup brown rice syrup or pure maple syrup*
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Line an 8 x 8 inch square pan with parchment paper (two layers in either direction to cover both sides of the pan).
  2. In a medium bowl, combine all dry ingredients (oats, cereal, sunflower seeds, flaxseed, raisins or chocolate chips, sesame seeds, salt) and then add the wet ingredients (nut or seed butter, brown rice syrup or maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla extract).
  3. After mixing, transfer to the prepared baking dish and spread out to an even layer using a spatula or your wet fingers. If you have a pastry roller you can use that to press down firmly and achieve an even layer. I sometimes put a sheet of wax paper on top and roll a small glass on top to help flatten the mixture out evenly.
  4. Place in freezer for 1 hour..
  5. Slice into 10 even rectangular bars.
  6. To store, individually wrap them in portions of the parchment paper (tape to keep together). Store in the freezer and allow to thaw out for a couple minutes at room temperature before enjoying. As they unfreeze they will get softer so don’t wait too long to enjoy.

Notes

* If you do not have brown rice syrup on hand you can use maple syrup. If you do use maple syrup, I recommend freezing for longer and enjoying them as soon as you remove them from the freezer. If you use the brown rice syrup you can let them stand at room temperature a bit longer which makes them great for travel and on-the-go.

  • Category: Snack

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