Recipe for Homemade Granola Bars (Easy No-Bake Vegan Snack)

Recipe for Homemade Granola Bars (Easy No-Bake Vegan Snack)

The best recipe for homemade granola bars with chocolate chips and creamy peanut butter is here. These DIY no-bake granola bars are extremely easy to make in just 20 minutes with 8 whole foods I’m pretty sure you already have in your pantry. Also, they are vegan-friendly, refined sugar-free, oil-free, and gluten-free (if you use certified GF oats, of course).

What’s more, these yummy chewy bars are perfect as a weight-loss-friendly dessert, a tasty on-the-go snack, and healthy enough to be enjoyed as a wholesome breakfast coupled with your fave smoothie.

Healthy and chewy vegan granola bars stacked on a wooden board with peanut butter and chocolate chips.

Unlike store-bought, our quick no-bake energy bars are naturally sweetened without refined sugars, honey, or saturated fats. In addition, they’re packed with tons of fiber, healthy fats, plant protein, and a perfect crunch. Plus they’re cheaper to make at home, especially if you prefer to buy in bulk and always keep your kitchen properly stocked with real foods. In this way you’ll avoid impulsive buying and unhealthy eating.

Everyone loves these nutty homemade bars when we go on picnics, on road trips, or potlucks. Truly, they are the perfect portable make-ahead snack that’ll make the whole family happy and highly satisfied.

Well, peanut butter + chocolate chips + nuts + seeds – how can you get wrong?

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Healthy and Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Homemade no-bake energy bars with peanut butter and chocolate chips wrapped in a parchment paper with flowers for kids snack or dessert..

I’ve had a fondness for sweet treats for as long as I remember. Giving up on sugars was a difficult thing for me. I mean, really, really difficult. There were days when I substituted my whole meal for a big slice of cake (usually two).

Before I go plant-based, I couldn’t imagine my day without lots of sweets in so many different forms: chocolates, waffles, candies, cakes… Sugar was literally everywhere: in my pantry, on the table, in my backpack, in my purse. I thought it gave me energy and improved my mood instantly. Afterward, I felt so tired with even less energy shortly after consuming it. I was so wrong! Plus, I was hungry non-stop so I needed to eat an extra chocolate bar or cookie to renew my energy and fill me up for just an hour or two.

Long story short, through the years I became more conscious of my diet and I learned to be prepared whenever that sugar craving hits. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t give up on my loving desserts, I just learned to make various healthy versions of them that are super filling and scrumptious.

Today, I’ll share with you a homemade granola bars recipe that’s both nutrient-dense and incredibly delicious. They are so good! I’m sure you’re going to love it.

Chocolate Chips Peanut Butter Recipe Ingredients

Simple, plant-based ingredients for preparing chewy homemade granola bars: rolled oats, peanut butters, vegan chocolate chips. almonds, dried apricots, pepitas, maple syrup and vanilla extract.

You can make your own raw energy bars in no time and with minimal effort. They’re inexpensive, satisfying, and very portable! Here’re the ingredients:

  • Rolled / Old Fashioned oats (certified gluten-free if needed)
  • Creamy peanut butter (we’ll need creamy, not gritty PB)
  • Vegan mini chocolate chips (semi-sweet)
  • Pure maple syrup (or agave syrup)
  • Raw almonds
  • Raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • Dried apricots
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Sea salt

As always, you can find the full recipe with a list of ingredients with measurements in a printable recipe card at the end of this post.

Time needed: 20 minutes.

How to make healthy homemade granola bars?

  1. Mix wet ingredients

    First, in a big bowl mix creamy peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract until well combined.

    Creamy batter form peanut butter, maple syrup and vanilla extract for preparing raw vegan energy bars at home.

  2. Add dry ingredients

    Next, stir in oats, chopped almonds, pepitas, dried apricots, mini chocolate chips, and salt. Make sure to chop the mix-ins as small as possible, otherwise, bars won’t hold together. The combination may seem dry at first but keep mixing until everything is fully incorporated into a sticky mixture. The mixture may seem dry at first but keep mixing until all ingredients stick and bind to one another. It’s best to use your hands for this step.

    Healthy homemade batter for making no-bake vegan DIY granola bars at home.

  3. Form the bars

    After that, line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper so they can lift out easily (this step is a must, don’t skip it).
    Transfer the mixture to the pan and press with your hands until it is evenly distributed in it. Add a few more chocolate chips on top if you like.
    It’s very important to press the mixture firmly and make it as flat and smooth as possible.

    Chocolate chip peanut butter granola bars in a square pan lined with parchment paper for quick and easy snack or dessert idea.

  4. Enjoy

    Chill for at least 1 hour and slice into bars. I divided the mixture into 12 bars. You can slice them smaller or bigger if you like. Enjoy it as a high-protein snack, healthy dessert, or breakfast.
    Keep in an airtight container for up to a week in the fridge or at room temperature or up to 2 months in the freezer.
    I recommend you store them with a sheet of parchment paper between them or wrap every bar individually so they won’t stick together.

    Easy DIY no bake-granola bars wrapped in parchment paper with small colorful flowers on wooden board for post-workout energy snack.

Recipe for Homemade Granola Bars – FAQ

How long do homemade granola bars last?

Your crunchy protein bars will last for up to a week in the fridge or at room temperature stored in an airtight container or up to 2 months if you keep them in the freezer. I recommend you store them with a sheet of parchment paper between them or wrap every bar individually so they won’t stick together.

How do you make granola bars stick together?

The binding agents for our recipe will be CREAMY peanut butter and pure maple syrup. I must emphasize that you should use only smooth and creamy PB, not gritty or crunchy. If it’s not creamy enough the mixture will be dry and crumbly so the bars will fall apart. Also, the liquid maple syrup will help “glue” the ingredients so they can hold together nicely.

Are homemade granola bars fattening?

In fact, these chewy granola bars are good for you if you eat them in moderation, of course. Unlike store-bought, our granola bars boast a great nutritional value that comes from the real foods we’ll use. They are a convenient and flavorful snack to enjoy for dessert, between meals, or after working out. These kid-friendly treats will provide you with lasting energy and nutrition. They provide a good balance of carbs, protein, healthy fats, and fiber.

Are granola bars healthy for weight loss?

Yes, if your granola bars are made with organic, real food ingredients with no added sugar or oil, they are a fantastic dessert or snack to eat even if you want to shed some pounds. You should add these raw energy bars to your clean dieting plan right away. They are 100% worth your time and absolutely guilt-free! Why buy those highly processed alternatives that are high in sugar and empty calories when you can make your own energy-boosting and super nourishing energy bars?

Why you will love this recipe for homemade granola bars?

Gluten-free and refined sugar-free granola bars on wooden board
  • Comes together in a snap
  • Fiber-rich
  • Protein-packed
  • Big hit for all ages
  • Dairy-free
  • Budget-friendly
  • Made without oven
  • Perfect for kids
  • So delightful!

Easy recipes for no-bake desserts

Recipe for homemade granola bars. Vegan no-bake energy snacks for kids and adults.

Recipe for Homemade Granola Bars (Easy No-Bake Vegan Snack)

Marinela
No-bake recipe for homemade granola bars with chocolate chips and peanut butter, quick, easy, and incredibly healthy snack or dessert. Also, they are vegan-friendly, refined sugar-free,oil-free, and gluten-free.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine dairy-free, Gluten-free, Plant-based, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 12 bars
Calories 217 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Big bowl
  • 1 Spoon
  • 1 8-inch square baking pan
  • 1 Parchment paper

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 cup peanut butter creamy, not gritty or crunchy
  • 1/3 cup vegan mini chocolate chips semi-sweet, if using standard chocolate chips chop them up to incorporate easily
  • 2/3 cup pure maple syrup or agave syrup
  • 1/3 cup almonds raw, chopped
  • 2/4 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas) raw
  • 1/3 cup dried apricots finely chopped
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Instructions
 

  • First, in a big bowl mix creamy peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract until well combined.
    Creamy batter form peanut butter, maple syrup and vanilla extract for preparing raw vegan energy bars at home.
  • Next, stir in oats, chopped almonds, pepitas, dried apricots, mini chocolate chips, and salt. Make sure to chop the mix-ins as small as possible, otherwise, bars won't hold together. The combination may seem dry at first but keep mixing until everything is fully incorporated into a sticky mixture. The mixture may seem dry at first but keep mixing until all ingredients stick and bind to one another. It's best to use your hands for this step.
    Healthy homemade batter for making no-bake vegan DIY granola bars at home.
  • After that, line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper so they can lift out easily (this step is a must, don't skip it).
    Transfer the mixture to the pan and press with your hands until it is evenly distributed in it. Add a few more chocolate chips on top if you like.
    It's very important to press the mixture firmly and make it as flat and smooth as possible.
    Chocolate chip peanut butter granola bars in a square pan lined with parchment paper for quick and easy snack or dessert idea.
  • Chill for at least 1 hour and slice into bars. I divided the mixture into 12 bars. You can slice them smaller or bigger if you like. Enjoy it as a high-protein snack, healthy dessert, or breakfast.
    Keep in an airtight container for up to a week in the fridge or at room temperature or up to 2 months in the freezer.
    I recommend you store them with a sheet of parchment paper between them or wrap every bar individually so they won't stick together.
    Easy DIY no bake-granola bars wrapped in parchment paper with small colorful flowers on wooden board for post-workout energy snack.

Notes

  • Don’t over-measure the nuts, oats, seeds, and other add-ins because the mixture will be too dry and the bars won’t stick together.
  • It’s very important to use runny peanut butter so you can form cohesive bars that don’t break apart. Also, you can use creamy almond or cashew butter instead of peanut butter.
  • For the best texture, finely chop the almonds and dried apricots. Us your pepitas are very big, blitz them in the blender first.
  • This recipe calls for mini chocolate chips, if you use regular-sized chocolate chips chop them up first. If you don’t have chocolate chips at hand use finely chopped dark chocolate.
  • Before pouring the mixture into the pan, cover it completely with parchment paper. Thus you can easily transfer it onto a board and cut it evenly. 
  • Use your hands to FIRMLY press the mixture into the pan so you don’t leave any empty space. You can use the back of a measuring cup or glass jar to flatten the surface here. You don’t want to end with granola instead of granola bars 🙂
  • Instead of dried apricots, you can use dried cranberries or raisins. Swap the almonds with finely chopped hazelnuts, pecans, or walnuts. Substitute pepitas with sunflower seeds. Just make sure to maintain the ratios used in the recipe above.

Nutrition

Calories: 217kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 6gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 120mgPotassium: 224mgFiber: 2gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 131IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 48mgIron: 1mg
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