Vegan no bake granola bars are chewy, sweet, and super easy to make with just 4 healthy ingredients. Gluten free and naturally sweet!
Happy last Thursday in April! I cannot believe it’s almost May. Let’s celebrate with vegan no bake granola bars! Before you start thinking, “who the heck would ever celebrate something with a granola bar,” let me introduce you to my new favorite no bake treat.
I’ve been on a roll lately with easy sweet snacks, if I do say so myself! I love recipes like this every now and then, for real life, super practical on the go breakfasts and snacking. From energy bites – chocolate and peanut butter! – to crunchy, sweet low fat granolas – chocolate and classic – you’ve got some options!
But I couldn’t ignore the fact that there was a pretty big missing piece to the snack equation on this lil blog – the wonderful granola bar. Early last year I made some cookie dough and plain chocolate granola bars, which were also no bake, and also delicious. But it had been so damn long, I knew I had to make some more.
Whenever I think of making granola bars I’m like, “eh, granola bars, BORING.” Who wants granola bars when you can have some super decadent dessert with tons of drippy melty chocolate?! But then I make them, and I eat one, and I immediately lament the fact that I didn’t make any for over a year. But here we are, with some bomb vegan no bake granola bars.
Plus, granola bars are just so versatile and wonderful for real life. Grab one on your way out the door for a quick but satisfying breakfast, have one as a snack to tide you over til dinner, whatever. Poor granola bars, so underrated and under appreciated. Today that changes!
These vegan no bake granola bars are made with just 4 ingredients – oats, ground flaxseed, dates, and nut butter. Oats are the base which gives them they’re divine super chewy texture, which totally takes me back to the boxed granola bars I ate as a child, only these don’t have 50+ unrecognizable ingredients. The flaxseed is optional, but highly recommended, because #health.
You’ll blend the dates into paste, and that’s where these bars get their sweetness. They’re seriously nature’s candy, so caramel-y and rich. Dates are super healthy, too! Last is a nut butter of your choice. I use almond butter because you guys know it’s my absolute fave, but peanut butter would be fine, too.
As a random last second decision, I threw some vegan cereal on top of half the bars to see if it would give some good texture – the verdict was it got slightly soggy, but they look so fun and I love the cereal (the only ingredient is beans!). So, totally your call if you want to top with something like cereal or nuts for a bit more texture!
Press the bars into a square pan lined with parchment paper, and refrigerate overnight to set. Cut into bars when they’re ready, and your snack time just got a whole lot more exciting! And delicious, obvi.
These vegan no bake granola bars exceeded my expectations, as in, they are SO so good. Seriously, don’t sleep on these. If you think you don’t need granola bars in your life, let me tell you that you do. Chewy, soft, and sweet, the perfect healthy snack.
I cannot wait to make these again.
Have a happy, healthy day, friends!
If you try this recipe, let me know how it goes/what you think! Take a picture and tag me @beamingbanana on Instagram. Happy baking!