Where my nut-free peeps at? Whether it’s for allergy reasons or otherwise, some people just can’t eat nuts! And I am very sorry for that. No peanut butter? That’s rough. Anyways, to make you feel better I thought I’d share a recipe that’s nut-free yet still delicious and full of nutritious ingredients: Chocolate Chip No-Bake Granola Bars! These bars are also vegan, gluten-free, oil-free and a cinch to make with just a few simple ingredients.
No-Bake Granola Bar Ingredients
I used sunflower seeds and tahini to replace nuts and nut butter in this recipe. Combined with raisins and dairy-free chocolate chips, the flavour is outstanding. These are awesome and land somewhere between snack and dessert because they’re that yummy! I cut mine into 10 bars to eat as snacks during the but you could also go for 20 smaller bars to make sweet, little treats for after dinner! They’d be great as a grab-n-go breakfast too.
If you’re looking for more options for no-bake granola bars, check out these recipes:
- No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
- No-Bake Chocolate Chia Energy Bars
- Healthy No-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Bars
- No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Chia Seed Bars
- Vegan Peanut Butter Pretzel Energy Bars
How to Make No-Bake Granola Bars
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 first and process them for a bit to let them break down. 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 the freezer for an hour to firm up.
Granola Bar Health Benefits
Thanks to the sunflower seeds, these have a nice dose of vitamin E, B vitamins like thiamine as well as a essential fatty acids 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.
Perfect for Food Prep
I usually make a batch of vegan granola bars for food prep to eat as snacks and desserts during the week. These area 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 add up really quickly. I find making my own bars saves money and I know exactly what the ingredients are. Plus theses taste as good if not better than any packaged energy bar I’ve ever tried!Print
These delicuos, soft and chewy, no-bake granola bars are made with healthy ingredients like oats, pure maple syrup, tahini and raisins. Try them with chocolate chips for a special treat. Perfect for dessert, fuel on the go or as a pre-workout snack.
- 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.
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