These no-bake chocolate chip granola vegan are nut-free and gluten-free so anyone can enjoy for a healthy snack or dessert.

Nut-Free No-Bake Granola Bars with Tahini and Chocolate Chips

Features

  • dietary needs: vegan, gluten-free, oil-free and nut-free
  • quick and easy: you’ll need 6 ingredients, 10 minutes, a food processor and a pan

Ingredients Notes

  • sunflower seeds – seeds and tahini make these bars nut-free, however, feel free to sub the seeds with almonds or cashews
  • rolled oatsrolled 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
Overhead image of 3 chocolate chip granola bars on parchment paper.

Step by Step Method

Step 1. Add the raisins to the food processor first and process them for a bit to let them break down into a crumbly, sticky consistency.

Quick Tip: If your raisins are overly dry, I’d recommend soaking them in hot water for 15 minutes and then draining before using them in this recipe.

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Step 2. Add everything but the chocolate chips and blend until it forms a thick, sticky dough.

Oats, raisins and tahini in a food processor container.
Overhead image of inside of a food processor filled with a thick, sticky dough.

Step3. Add the chocolate chips and pulse a few times to mix them in.

Overhead image of a thick dough with chocolate chips in a food processor.

Step 4. Line a 7-8 inch square baking pan with parchment paper so it sticks out over the edges of the pan, then firmly press the dough into the pan. Place the entire pan in the freezer for about an hour until firm.

Quick Tip: Take a few minutes to really press the dough in, especially working it into the corners. This will ensure a firm, solid bar when they’re done!

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Remove from the freezer, lift out the pan, slice into bars and enjoy!

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Storing

  • Fridge: In an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
  • Freezer: In an airtight container for freezer-safe bag for up to 3 months.
  • Room Temperature: I recommend storing the fridge or freezer, however, they’re ok at room temp for a few days if needed ie. in a lunchbox, camping, hiking, road trips. Keep cool if possible.
Overhead image of a chocolate chip granola bar with a bite taken out of it.

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Chocolate Chip No-Bake Granola Bars

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 10 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

These soft and chewy, no-bake granola bars are made with just basic, inexpensive ingredients. Perfect for dessert, energy on the go or a pre-workout snack. Nut-free and gluten-free!


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Instructions

  1. Place the rainins in a food processor and mix until they start to break down into a crumbly, sticky mixture.
  2. Add everything else, except the chocolate chips and mix until it forms a thick, sticky dough.
  3. Add the chocolate chips and pulse a few times to mix them in.
  4. Line a 7-8 inch square baking pan with parchment paper or saran wrap so it sticks out over the edges of the pan.
  5. Press the dough into the pan until flat, spending a few minutes to firmly press it down and work it into the corners.
  6. Place in the fridge for about an hour to firm.
  7. Use the parchment paper to lift the bars out the pan then slice into 10 portions.

Notes

Raisins: If raisins are overly dry, soak in hot water for 15 minutes then drain well before use. 

Substitutions: Tahini can be substituted with almond or peanut butter. Sunflower seeds can be substituted with almonds, cashews or walnuts. Raisins can be substituted with soft, pitted dates.

Storing: In an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or freezer for up to 3 months. I recommend storing the fridge or freezer, however, they’re ok at room temp for a few days if needed ie. in a lunchbox, camping, hiking, road trips. Keep cool if possible.

Keywords: no-bake granola bars, nut-free granola bars