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This vegan peanut butter no-bake granola bars recipe is so addicting, simple, and also naturally sweetened. They are also oil-free, easy to make, healthy, quick, and gluten-free!
These energy bars are made from just 6 main ingredients and all pantry staples. Because you do not have to bake them, they come together so fast when you want something sweet and healthy.
I always make a big batch of these bars and keep them in the fridge because they are perfect for a post-workout snack. They are also great as an afternoon snack and breakfast on the go!
How to make healthy and no-bake granola bars recipe
So, you will be surprised at how fast and easy this recipe comes together. Store-bought granola bars can be very expensive; that's why this is a great alternative. You can also customize the ingredients easily if you have a certain allergy or don't have the ingredient.
They are sweetened with Medjool dates so we are keeping this recipe sugar-free and healthy. You can try to swap the dates for another sticky dried fruit but I think dates are perfect for this recipe!
Oats make this recipe a little chewy and filling so they work great. I usually use gluten-free oats but you can use regular oats as well.
I really love walnuts and dates together so I use it a lot in my recipes like no bake vegan strawberry cheesecake. But if you don't have walnuts or you can't have them due to allergies, you can swap for another nut such as almonds, peanuts or cashews.
Creamy peanut butter works great for this recipe but you can easily swap it for almond or cashew butter. To keep this recipe nut-free, you can use sun butter (sunflower seed butter) instead.
Because I love anything coconutty, I added shredded coconut but you can omit if you don't like coconut flavor. You can also add more if you like more of the coconut flavor!
Cacao Powder (optional)
For a little bit of chocolate flavor, I like adding raw cacao powder because it's very good for you. But you can omit it if you don't have any.
I love putting a little bit of pink Himalayan salt so it can bring the sweetness out.
How to make it Step by Step
- First, you will need to add the pitted dates into the food processor and blend until a paste is formed.
- Now, you can add the rest of the ingredients into the food processor. Pulse it until you have a crumbly dough consistency but make sure you are not over blending it.
- First, line an 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper and then transfer the mixture into the pan. You can use your hands to evenly press it down into the pan.
- Lastly, place the pan in the freezer for at least 1 hour or fridge to set for 4 hours, then remove and cut into even bars or squares.
No-bake Peanut butter Granola Bars Recipe Variations
Because these granola bars are so versatile, here are some variations you can make:
- Add chocolate chips for a chocolate flavor.
- Also, you can add a vanilla bean for vanilla flavor or add some cinnamon.
- You can also try adding orange zest or lemon zest for a brighter flavor.
- Try adding ground flax seeds or chia seeds for an even healthier option.
Are homemade granola bars good for you
They are usually loaded with healthy fats, fiber, and protein so it makes them great for a quick snack or breakfast. Store-bought ones can contain unnecessary ingredients so this way you can control the ingredients.
How do you get granola bars to stick together
Nobody likes granola bars that crumble and fall apart so they need to be a little sticky. Dates are very sticky and they make the ingredients stick together and also they are naturally sweet.
You should make sure to use Medjool dates and not other kinds of dates because Medjool dates are stickier and bigger. If your Medjool dates feel dry, soak them in hot water for 5 minutes then drain and dry before using so they feel sticky.
How do you harden homemade granola bars
Homemade granola bars can be on the softer side so you can harden them by placing them in the fridge. You can also put them in the freezer for an hour.
How long do homemade granola bars last
They should be chilled to firm them up but they are fine at room temperature as well for a day or two. These will keep in the fridge for up to 1 week and in the freezer for up to 1 month.
So, it takes less than 10 minutes to make these quick, healthy and no-bake snacks. They are also :
- Easy & gluten-free
- Oil-free & vegan
- Naturally sweet
- Peanut butter flavored
- And delicious!
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So did you make these? I’d love for you to leave a comment and rate the recipe. You can also share your photo of the recipe on Pinterest and tag me on Instagram using @avocadocentric or #avocadocentric! xo, SelinPrint
This vegan peanut butter no-bake granola bars recipe is so addicting, simple, and naturally sweetened. They are also oil-free, easy to make, healthy, quick, and gluten-free!
- Add the pitted dates into the food processor and blend until a paste is formed.
- Add the rest of the ingredients into the food processor and pulse it until you have a crumbly dough consistency ( do not over-blending it).
- Line an 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper. Transfer the mixture into the pan.
- Use your hands to evenly press it down into the pan.
- Place the pan in the freezer for at least 1 hour or fridge to set for 4 hours. Remove and cut into even bars or squares.
Add chocolate chips for a chocolate flavor.
Add a vanilla bean for vanilla flavor or add some cinnamon.
Add orange zest or lemon zest for a brighter flavor.
Make sure to use Medjool dates and not other kinds of dates. Medjool dates are stickier and bigger.
If your Medjool dates feel dry, soak them in hot water for 5 minutes, drain and dry before using. They should feel sticky.
- Serving Size: 8
- Calories: 271
- Sugar: 22.3g
- Sodium: 91.2mg
- Fat: 15.4g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 32g
- Fiber: 5g
- Protein: 5.9g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
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