Made with just 5 ingredients, these Easy No-Bake Granola Bars are the perfect recipe to prepare at the beginning of the week for quick and healthy snacks on the go.
As an active mom of two little kiddos, I always love to have healthy grab-and-go snacks available in my fridge.
We are obsessed with these 5 Ingredient No-Bake Energy Bites and almost always have a batch on hand in the fridge. Think of them as granola bars just rolled into balls!
But today, I'm going to be showing you how to make the easiest no-bake granola bar recipe that is adaptable and delicious!
Ingredients You Need for Homemade Granola Bars
These granola bars require just 5 ingredients, all of which I'm pretty sure you already have on hand.
I'll list out everything you need below:
As you can see, some of the ingredients are pretty vague. For nut butter, you can really use whatever nut or seed butter you like or have on hand. If you're allergic to nuts, try out sun butter or tahini! Just remember that whichever butter you use will be the main flavor of these granola bars.
As for the liquid sweetener, a thicker sweetener works best. That means something like brown rice syrup, agave or honey if you're not vegan. Maple syrup should work too, but your granola bars may be stickier and not as firm.
For non-dairy milk, any variety and flavor should also work! I like to use unsweetened plain almond milk, but simply use whatever you already have on hand.
Fun Granola Bar Mix-Ins
I usually keep these granola bars simple and plain, but to jazz them up you could add in a handful of mix-ins. I'll list out some ideas below!
- Mini chocolate chips
- Dried fruit (raisins, craisins, chopped dates, chopped apricots, etc.)
- Chopped nuts (peanuts, almonds, walnuts, pecans, etc.)
- Seeds (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, etc.
How to Make Homemade Granola Bars
If you've ever made no-bake cookies, then the process for making these homemade granola bars is similar. Simply follow the steps below and you'll be enjoying granola bars in no-time!
- Step 1: Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper and set it aside.
- Step 2: In a saucepan, combine the nut butter, coconut oil, non-dairy milk and liquid sweetener. Bring the mixture to a boil, whisking often. Once boiling, turn off the heat and remove the pan from the heat source.
- Step 3: Stir the rolled oats, one cup at a time, into the nut butter mixture until all the oats have been added and are well coated.
- Step 4: Pour the oats into your lined baking dish and use a spatula or the bottom of a glass to press them down into a flat, compact layer.
- Step 5: Place the baking dish into the fridge for about an hour to allow the bars to set. Then use the parchment paper to remove the sheet of oats and cut it into whatever shape granola bars you desire.
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- ½ cup natural nut/seed butter
- ½ cup liquid sweetener (brown rice syrup, agave, honey if not vegan)
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup non-dairy milk
- 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper and set it aside.
- In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the nut butter, liquid sweetener, coconut oil and non-dairy milk. Bring the mixture to a boil, whisking often. Once boiling, turn off the heat and remove the pan from the heat source.
- Stir the rolled oats, one cup at a time, into the nut butter mixture until all the oats have been added and are well coated.
- Pour the oats into your lined baking dish and use a spatula or the bottom of a glass to press them down into a flat, compact layer.
- Place the baking dish into the fridge for about an hour to allow the bars to set. Then use the parchment paper to remove the sheet of oats and cut it into whatever shape granola bars you desire.
- Store the bars in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
You can use whatever nut or seed butter you have on hand. Obviously, if you have a nut allergy, use a seed butter such as sun butter or tahini!
If you want, you can also include a handful or two of mix-ins. See the section above titled, "Fun Granola Bar Mix-Ins."
Nutrition InformationYield 12 Serving Size 1 granola bar
Amount Per Serving Calories 166Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 3mgSodium 26mgCarbohydrates 16gFiber 2gSugar 1gProtein 4g
Nutrition information is a rough estimate provided by Nutrionix and should be used for informational purposes only.