These No Bake Granola Bars are jam packed with goodness and couldn’t be easier to make. There’s a date base which keeps it all together and wholesome ingredients like chia seeds, almonds and oats. There’s no need to buy store bought bars again once you make these. Totally portable, they make for a busy morning breakfast or afternoon snack. You’re going to love these!
Hey peeps! How’s it going? Boy, did this weekend fly! You know what they say – time flies when you’re having fun! Seriously, though, the weekends go by way to fast. It’s like ‘yay, it’s Friday.’ Then, it’s like, ‘wait, what? Sunday already?’ Blink of an eye, I tells ya! Do anything interesting? Eat anything good? We had homemade pizza on Friday, which seems to be our go-to lately. But, really, you can’t go wrong with homemade pizza, can ya? We watched a remake of an older show, Love Connection. We had some vino and just chilled. Yeap, it was a good Friday spent with hubby and furry child 🙂 Have you watched that show yet? It’s like I shouldn’t watch it, but can’t turn away, ya know? Bad, but good, lol 😀 The rest of the weekend was spent doing odds and ends around the house and getting our garden ready for summer (our rhubarb is starting to come up – yay!) Anyway, onto these super easy no bake granola bars, shall we?
Easy Homemade Granola Bars
I’m all aboard the homemade bar train and there’s no turning back. My first homemade bars were these Teff Energy Bars – texturally interesting and SO good. Not only does the recipe yield a bunch (I cut into 16 pieces, but you could do more or less if you like), but you know everything that you are putting in there. There’s no weird additives or ingredients you can’t pronounce – just good stuff.
Your food processor is your BFF here. Basically, you mix up your wet ingredients, add dry ingredients and pour the mixture into a parchment lined pan. The key here is to PRESS DOWN the mixture. Like, reaaaaaaally, pack that goodness into the pan. Just when you think you have it packed in enough, press again. Get it? Then, simply freeze for about 40-45 minutes, remove from pan and cut into bars. Easy, right? Plus, if it’s warm where you are (unlike here), you don’t have to turn your oven on and heat up the whole house.
If you like, you can make a couple of substitutions here. Use what you have on hand or what you like. These no bake granola bars will still be da bomb 😉 For example, don’t have almonds? Use walnuts. No cranberries? Use raisins. Rather peanut butter instead of almond butter? Go for it! See? Most of the recipes I like to create are simple, approachable recipes; no fuss, no muss. Ain’t nobody got time for that, am I right?
So, what ya think? Nothing to it, is there? My food processor has been getting quite the workout lately. Hope this has inspired you to make the recipe. If you try it out, I’d love to hear how you like it.
Until next time, take care and chit chat again soon 🙂
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No Bake Granola Bars
- 2 cups dates -pitted
- 3 tbsp almond butter -or peanut butter
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 cup almonds -roughly chopped
- 3/4 cup dried cranberries
- In a food processor add dates, almond butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, salt and vanilla extract. Blend until combined and dates broken down, about 2 minutes.
- To dates, add remainder of ingredients and blend until combined, about 1-2 minutes.
- In a parchment lined dish (I used about 8" x 11" pan) add mixture and FIRMLY press down until packed into pan and level. Freeze until firm, about 40-45 minutes. Remove from freezer and cut into bars (I cut into 16 pieces, but you can do more or less, depending on the size you want). Store in fridge. Enjoy!