These no-bake, or raw granola bars are absolutely delicious. True, they aren’t your traditional bars with flour, cane sugar and so on, but I promise they’re delicious. Give them a try and let me know. I think you will be surprised by how tasty and filling they are. It’s a bit like eating raw cookie dough (well not quiet..!) but it’s healthier, haha! Even my husband and toddler love them. They are good to bring in car rides, outside activities, etc.
So what’s in them?
I put rolled oats, almond butter, pure maple syrup, coconut oil, coconut flakes and dark chocolate chips. If you or a family member have a nut allergy, then use tahini, or sunflower or pumpkin seed butter instead of almond butter. You don’t have maple syrup? Alright. You can use coconut nectar or a good local or organic honey. Yumminess alert.
Oats are naturally gluten-free but if you have a gluten intolerance or celiac disease, you know you should always buy gluten-free labeled oats to avoid cross-contamination.
Have you ever made no-bake granola bars? Do you like them? I almost like them better than the baked ones.
I hope you and your family enjoy these healthy bars. Let me know if you make them and how they turned out!
No-Baked Granola Bars
- 2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
- 1 cup natural almond butter
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 cup organic dark chocolate chips (choose vegan if you like) – 1 bar (100g), chopped
- ½ cup coconut oil
- ⅓ cup pure maple syrup or coconut nectar
- ⅓ cup goji berries
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon unrefined salt
- Oil an 8x8 square pan (or rectangular pan) with coconut oil and line with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a food processor, combine all ingredients together, starting with the oats, and process until you get a fine texture but that you can still see pieces.
- Spread the mixture heavenly into the prepared pan and press firmly with your clean hands or spatula.
- Store in the refrigerator for a few hours before slicing into bars. Keep bars in the refrigerator (or freezer).