Chocolate Chip No-Bake Granola Bars
These Chocolate Chip No-Bake Granola Bars are nut-free so anyone can enjoy them. They’re also vegan, gluten-free, oil-free and a cinch to make with just a few simple ingredients.
You’ll need 6 ingredients to make these bars:
- sunflower seeds – seed and tahini make these bars nut-free, however, feel free to sub the seeds with almonds or cashews
- rolled oats – rolled oats or quick oats are suitable here
- tahini – the tahini gives the bar an interesteing taste and pairs well with the raisins but it can be substituted with almond butter or peanut butter
- maple syrup – adds a little extra sweetness to the bars, sub with agave
- raisins – raisins are a readily available and inexpensive alternative to dates…but you can also use dates in this recipe
- dairy-free chocolate chips – I like Enjoy Life, chopped dark chocolate also works here
How to Make this Recipe
No-bake granola bars and energy bars are super easy to make in a food processor. I’ve also made them in my blender but I find a food processor does a better job.
To make these bars, you’ll want to add the raisins to the food processor first and process them for a bit to let them break down. If your raisins are on the dry side, I’d recommend soaking them in hot water for 15 minutes and then draining before using them in this recipe.
Then you’ll add the rest of the ingredients and blend until it forms a thick dough.
Once that delicious dough is ready, simply press it into a lined baking pan and let them sit in the freezer for an hour to firm up. Lift out of the pan once firm, slice and enjoy!
Thanks to the sunflower seeds, these have a nice dose of vitamin E, B vitamins like thiamine as well as an essential fatty acid in the form of linoleic acid.
Tahini is rich in minerals such as phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and iron and is one of the best sources of calcium out there, it’s also high in vitamin E and B vitamins.
I used plump and juicy, thompson raisins in this recipe, which I love for a healthy source of energy, especially before a workout. Raisins are also high in a variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants making them a good choice for a sweet treat.
I usually make a batch of vegan granola bars for food prep to eat as snacks and desserts during the week. These are really easy to put together and make a great alternative to store-bought bars.
There are some great store-bought bars out there but the price tag can really add up. I find making my own bars saves money and I know exactly what the ingredients are. Plus these taste as good if not better than any packaged energy bar I’ve ever tried!
More No-Bar Bar Recipes
- No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
- No-Bake Chocolate Chia Energy Bars
- No-Bake Apricot Granola Bars
- No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Chia Seed Bars
- Vegan Peanut Butter Pretzel Energy Bars
- 2 cups soft, fresh thompson raisins (if raisins are very dry, soak in hot water for 15 minutes and drain before using)
- 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1/2 cup tahini (sub peanut butter or almond butter)
- 2 cups oats (use gluten-free if needed)
- 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life)
- Place the rainins in a food processor and mix until they start to break down.
- Add everything else, expet the chocolate chips and mix until everything is well broken down and starting to form a dough.
- Add the chocolate chips and pulse a few times to mix.
- Press firmly into a saran or parchment-lined baking pan.
- Place in the fridge for 2-3 hours to set.
- Remove, lift from pan and cut into 10 bars.
- Store in the fridge in a container.
Keywords: no-bake granola bars, nut-free granola bars