No Bake Granola Bars


~ No Bake Granola Bars ~

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?

Homemade is the way to go!

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.No Bake Granola Bars {vegan, gluten free} -



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.

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Use What you’ve got

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?

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So, I have another video for you today!  Ever since my first food video, I couldn’t wait to get at it again.  And this time, it took hubby and I only 2 days to make….just kiddin’, but it was a little quicker to produce the second time ’round.  Hope you love it, you guys!  Here goes – 3, 2,1—>

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.

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Until next time, take care and chit chat again soon 🙂


P.S. If you missed my last post, you can check it out here.

P.P.S. If you think these No Bake Granola Bars will make your belly happy too, please be sure to hit that little Pin button down below.  Many thanks, you guys! XO

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No Bake Granola Bars
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!
No Bake Granola Bars {vegan, gluten free} -
Prep Time 5-10 minutes
Passive Time 40-45 minutes
pieces (approx.)
Prep Time 5-10 minutes
Passive Time 40-45 minutes
pieces (approx.)
No Bake Granola Bars {vegan, gluten free} -
  1. 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.
  2. To dates, add remainder of ingredients and blend until combined, about 1-2 minutes.
  3. 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!
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78 thoughts on “No Bake Granola Bars

  1. Elaine Williams says:

    Hi, gosh these look delicious and so healthy. I’m curious about the texture, are they chewy or crispy? Thanks again for the awesome and video!

  2. Cindy says:

    This is exactly what I need in my life right now. It is hot right now in SoCal and I would love to give my food processor a little workout and keep the heat out of the kitchen. Love the video, the pictures, and I am super inspired by this recipe.

  3. Justine | says:

    Dawn, these look so yummy! I’m with you on recipes that are simple and approachable, so I totally appreciate the substitution suggestions you offered. I’m currently working on a loose granola recipe but totally love granola in bar form too. Great recipe!

  4. Amanda (Peppers & Pennies) says:

    Dawn! The texture of these bars look A-MAY-ZING! I also looooove the ‘use what you’ve got’ mentality. It is a great way to save money, use up the bits and pieces from other baking projects and really get comfortable with adapting recipes to suit your needs. Keep it up!

  5. Janice Lawandi says:

    As somebody who isn’t very experienced with no-bake foods, the video is super helpful to visualize the textures and how long to blend in the food processor. I’ll definitely add this one to the list of recipes to try (it’ll be a nice way to get a sweet treat and balance out all the butter in my life, hah!)

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      So happy to hear you say that, Janice! Glad it was helpful 🙂 !! Hope you enjoy them and I definitely understand ya about the butter – love that stuff a little too much, lol 😀

  6. Katie Crenshaw says:

    These look brilliant Dawn. I love that you don’t have to bake them and they are easy. I am always looking for a healthy snack for my husband to bring to work. I will make him a big batch of these. xoxo

  7. Jessica says:

    I love making my own granola bars – pretty much one of the main reasons I got a heavy duty food processor, haha. I always make a pan every week (we go through them pretty quickly), so I have to try these and use up the dates that are hiding in the back of my fridge. Have a great Friday!

  8. Jolina says:

    We love making our own granola bars too! So easy and so fun. We haven’t bought ready-made ones in a long time. Oh this week was craaaazy. It cannot be weekend soon enough. I am counting down the minutes as I type. I just plan to sleep this weekend I tell ya. Hope you have a lovely one! Hope it’s not Sunday too soon. PS: Love love love the video!

  9. Shashi at Savory Spin says:

    Dawn, you and your hubs so rocked that second video! I missed the first one but heading there to check it out too. I’m with you on the whole time flying dealio – it goes by way way too fast – did you every watch Click with Adam Sandler and that remote that paused and stopped time? Somedays, I sure wish that remote existed for real – I’d be rewinding and slow-mo-ing time ALL the time! TBH, That remote would come in handy while munching on delicious no bake bars such as these – I’d eat one then rewind and relive the whole deliciously delightful sensory experience! YUM times infinity – with all that rewinding! 🙂
    Happy Thursday, friend!

  10. Miriam - says:

    No bake recipes are fantastic and I love how easy this recipe is, addicted to watching your videos too 🙂 Great healthy recipe for when you are on the go without all of those nasty additives! Love homemade pizza – should have made one on the weekend since I was home alone – husband was travelling for business and I have not found a good gluten-free recipe for homemade pizza yet so weekends like that are a great opportunity for me to indulge in pasta, pizza, bread etc…. Have not heard of love connection yet – watched Bloodline on the weekend which rather addictive! Have a wonderful weekend, Dawn!
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Awww…thanks Miriam! Appreciate that! Have you tried a cauliflower crust for pizza? I haven’t tried yet, but may be a good gluten free option for you and your husband 🙂 So awesome when you find a show that you love like that, isn’t it? Have a wonderful weekend too!

  11. heather (delicious not gorgeous) says:

    i haven’t made no bake granola bars before! i really like how toasty and crunchy baked granola gets, but i (and my family) also really like the temperature of a house that doesn’t have the oven on during summer. so these might have to happen. also: homemade pizza is always a good idea. have you tried it grilled? soso good.
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  12. Kathryn @ Family Food on the Table says:

    I adore homemade granola bars (no surprise there, right?!) and I love that these are no bake! Dates are magical little things and I love using them for energy balls so this recipe is definitely next up! It’ll be perfect for having on hand for summer snacking and sending to day camp with the kids! Pinned! XXOO
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  13. annie@ciaochowbambina says:

    First of all – love the video! LOVE IT! I can’t believe it’s only your second one! You’re a pro! Second of all – love the manicure! Your hands are very pretty! Third of all – I need these bars in my life! We did some traveling and celebrating this weekend so it’s back to reality! These will do the trick! Thank you for sharing this healthy and tasty recipe, sweets! Pinned and shared and all the stuff!! XOXO
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      YAY!!! Thank you SO much, Annie!! You’re too too sweet, my friend! If we were neighbours, I’d be on your doorstep with a big batch of this right now (and a big pot of coffee 😉 ). Appreciate the Pin and shares too! Hope you had a lovely celebratory weekend! XOXO

  14. Mary says:

    I’m a huge fan of making my own granola bars. I’ve only made them a few times and they were darn tasty, but I’ve never tried no-bake granola bar. These bad boys look scrumptious. I like all the ingredients, dates, chia seeds, almonds, oats, yummmmmmy. I love making homemade pizza its so easy and super delicious. Thank for the fun video, I love the music and your nails are adorable.

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Homemade is definitely the way to go 🙂 I pretty much make these every week and eat throughout the week – nice and filling…plus, can’t hurt a little snack in the afternoon, lol 😀 Love doing my nails 😉 Thanks for the sweet comment, Mary!

  15. karrie @ Tasty Ever After says:

    Look at you with the second video!! I’m going to hire you to do my videos because I hate doing them. It takes me 4 days to do mine! lol!
    Why do people buy granola bars when they can make healthy, yummy ones like this? I’m making these to have for breakfast throughout the week and to take on our next camping trip. Or you could make them and mail them to me. Oh never mind, you are probably busy shooting your third video 😉 #overachiever 🙂
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  16. Milena | says:

    Love me some sticky dates:) and all the other ingredients stuck to them. Definitely a snack bar to have around when hunger strikes. You are getting so good at the videos:) Love your nail polish in this one (even though this is not related to the yumminess). So summer is arriving up there… maybe soon you’ll post some more pics of the gorgeous coast line… I mean now that you have bars to take with you if you went on a short hike:)

  17. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says:

    Well, you already know what my weekend involved, so I can’t just skip writing it here. 😉 I love that we are no bake twinning today! These bars look just fabulous, Dawn! I’m a huge fan of granola bars, but the store bought ones have way too much unnecessary ingredients, so I’m ALL for a little DIY! Especially when it looks this good! I just loooove that date base! And HOORAY for another awesome video, Dawn!!!! You rock, girlfriend! Cheers!
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  18. David @ Spiced says:

    Haha! We totally had a homemade pizza night last Friday, too. 🙂 And it was the best night ever! Also, Love Connection. Holy cow is that a throwback! I used to catch episodes of this one on rerun, and they were hilarious! Love that you guys spent Friday night watching this one. Haha! These granola bars sound amazing, too, Dawn. I mean they come together in a pinch, and they’re packed with all kinds of good stuff! I wonder if Robbie would be willing to try something like this…he’s been giving us trouble with picky eating lately, so I’m on the hunt for new ideas! Thanks for sharing this one, my friend!
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Haha! Pizza twinning 😉 Such a great show, isn’t it?? I would love it if Robbie enjoyed these! That would be awesome; let me know if you try 🙂 Thanks so much and happy Monday to ya!

  19. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says:

    Yay for pizza on Fridays! That’s my favorite tradition too, though I need to make the homemade kind more often. And I’ve heard that Love Connection is making a comeback, but have yet to see it! No bake treats are a favorite of mine, especially in the summer when it’s too hot to turn on the oven. I love the texture of these bars! And I love the sunflower seeds and cranberries in here, too. What a perfect breakfast or snack! Pinned. Hope your week is off to a great start!

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