These Superfood Granola Bars are made with an assortment of healthy nuts, seeds and whole-grain oats for a bar that is filled with protein, fibre and nutrients. This is a no-bake granola bar recipe that is naturally vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free!
A healthy no-bake granola bar
No-bake recipes are one of my favourite types of recipes to make since they are generally easy, fast and require no oven!
This recipe for Superfood Granola Bars is one of my favourite no-bake recipes for a healthy breakfast or snack. This is one of those recipes that is perfect to make for food prep since these bars can be stored in the fridge all week.
These bars are perfect to enjoy for breakfast, a snack or when you need a little energy boost. The ingredients can be easily modified if you prefer to add in your favourite nuts & seeds or omit any that you don’t like from the recipe.
Why you’ll love this recipe
- This granola bar recipe is no-bake and comes together in 15 minutes. These bars are also naturally vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free.
- They are loaded with good for you ingredients and an assortment of nuts and seeds filled with protein, fibre and healthy fats.
- This recipe is perfect to make for food prep and can be stored in the fridge in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks.
How to make superfood granola bars
Add the Medjool dates to a food processor and puree until it forms a date paste. You should end up with a mixture that looks like this.
Add the dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl, then add in the date paste and almond butter and mix it together until incorporated.
Add the chocolate chips and mix again, then spoon the mixture into an 8×8 inch pan lined with parchment paper, pressing down evenly.
Place the bars in the fridge to set for 4 hours, then remove and cut into bars. (Make sure to store these bars in the fridge!)
How to get granola bars to stick together
Sometimes it can be a little tricky to get no-bake granola bars to stick together. So what’s the secret?
Using STICKY and SOFT medjool dates.
If your dates feel dry, they won’t bind all the other ingredients together. It’s super important to be using sticky dates in this recipe if you want granola bars that don’t fall apart.
If your dates are too dry: soak the dates in a bowl of hot water for 5 minutes to rehydrate them, then drain and proceed with the recipe.
Tips for making this recipe perfectly
- Fresh medjool dates that are still sticky work best in this recipe. Don’t substitute for other types of dates.
- If you’re having trouble mixing everything together with a spoon or spatula, use your hands! This works best to incorporate all the ingredients.
- There is no specific measurement for the chocolate chips in this recipe, it’s to your taste. I like a big handful, but you can add more if you like or leave the chocolate out of you prefer.
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These Superfood Granola Bars are loaded with nuts, seeds, oats and dates for a healthy and filling no-bake bar you’ll love!
- 2 cups medjool dates, pits removed* (see note)
- 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
- 1/2 cup toasted almonds, chopped
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 2 tbsp sesame seeds
- 2 tbsp flax seeds
- 3 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup almond butter (the runny kind is best)
- handful of 70% dark chocolate chips or chunks
- Puree the medjool dates in a food processor to make a date paste.
- Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl, then add the date paste and almond butter.
- Use a large spoon, spatula or your hands and mix everything together until incorporated.
- Add the chocolate chips and mix them in.
- Line an 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper and spoon the mixture into the pan. Use your hands to evenly press it down into the pan.
- Place in the fridge to set for 4 hours, then remove and cut into even bars or squares.
- Store in the fridge.
Medjool dates should be soft and sticky when fresh. If your dates feel dry, soak them in a bowl of hot water for 5 minutes, then drain and proceed with the recipe. It’s imortant that your dates are sticky in this recipe otherwise the bars will fall apart.
Make sure to use medjool dates in this recipe. They are bigger and stickier than other types of dates.
The mixture for the bars should feel sticky when you press it between your fingers. If the mixture feels dry, you may need to add more almond butter or date paste.
- Serving Size: 1 bar
- Calories: 150
- Sugar: 16g
- Fat: 5.6g
- Carbohydrates: 20g
- Fiber: 4g
- Protein: 4g
Keywords: healthy granola bars, no bake granola bars
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