This healthy chewy granola bar recipe calls for just ten, yes TEN ingredients. Packed full of healthy, natural ingredients, these chewy granola bars are gluten-free, vegan and free of any refined sugars.
What's in a chewy granola bar? Nothing but good stuff! Here's what you'll need:
- Sliced almonds (any chopped nuts or seeds work too)
- Shredded coconut
- Chia seeds (or flax seeds)
- Natural peanut or almond butter (or sunflower seed butter)
- Honey or pure maple syrup
- Dark Chocolate (optional)
Healthy chewy granola bar recipe without nuts
You can easily make these granola bars completely nut-free! Here is how you should swap the ingredients out:
- Swap 1 cup sliced almonds for 1 cup pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds
- Swap ½ cup peanut or almond butter for sunflower seed butter
Tips for making delicious healthy chewy granola bars
- Toast the oats—this adds a ton of toasty flavor!
- Toast the nuts—ups the nuttiness of the bars.
- Use good-quality ingredients like pure vanilla extract, local honey and natural nut butters
How to make healthy granola bars with dates
Dates are a great ingredient to use in healthy homemade granola bars. They're often called nature's candy, and for good reason! They're sweet, sticky, and almost reminiscent of a good caramel.
One important thing to keep in mind—if your dates are bit old or dry, consider soaking them in warm water for about 15 minutes before using. Once they have soaked, drain them and use as directed.
- First off, it's important to pit the dates. To do so, simply pull the dates apart with your fingers and discard the pit. It should come out pretty easily.
- Process the pitted dates in a food processor until a thick paste forms, you may need to break the dates apart a couple of times until it processes smoothly.
- Combine date paste with nut butter, honey, salt and cinnamon and briefly cook on the stove until combined.
- Combine date mixture with toasted oats and almonds, coconut flakes and chia seeds. Your hands are your best tool here!
- Press granola bar mixture into a glass pan.
- Optional step: melt chocolate in a double boiler (or microwave) and drizzle over bars.
- Chill granola bar until set then cut into individual bars and enjoy!
How to store healthy chewy granola bars
I like to store these no-bake granola bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator. I think their texture is best right out of the fridge. However, if you want a super chewy, cookie-like granola bar, you can also store them in an airtight container at room temperature.
Looking for more granola bar or granola recipes? I've got you!
- Cherry & Almond Granola Bites with Cocoa Nibs (perfect bite-sized snack, kids love these!)
- Healthy Granola with Popped Sorghum
- Honey & Almond Granola (featured in yogurt parfaits)
- Tahini & Maple Granola (one of my all-time favs!)
- Healthy No-Bake Almond Butter Granola Bars (so nutty and delicious!)
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These healthy chewy granola bars naturally sweetened, packed with whole grains, healthy fats and plant protein. They can easily be made vegan and gluten-free as well.
- 1 ¾ cups quick cooking oats
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1 cup coconut flakes
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds or flax seeds
- 1 cup pitted dates, roughly chopped *soaked if needed, see note below
- ½ cup creamy natural peanut butter or almond butter
- ¼ cup honey or pure maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 3 ounces dark chocolate (optional)
Coat an 8-inch square baking dish with nonstick spray.
Heat oven to 350°F. Combine oats and almonds on a baking sheet and toast in oven for 10 minutes; transfer to a large bowl. Add coconut to baking sheet and toast until golden, 3 minutes; transfer to bowl with oats and add chia seeds.
Meanwhile, process dates in a food processor until a thick paste-like ball forms. Break ball apart then continue to process until paste forms around sides of bowl. Combine date mixture, peanut butter, honey, salt, and cinnamon in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook until combined, about 2 minutes. Off heat, stir in vanilla.
Add date mixture to oat mixture and mix until thoroughly combined (set down the spoon and get your hands dirty, this is a sticky mixture). Transfer mixture to prepared dish and press into an even layer.
In a double boiler (glass bowl set over a pot of simmering water), melt chocolate until smooth, drizzle or spread over bars. Chill bars at least 1 hour before cutting.
Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
*One important thing to keep in mind—if your dates are bit old or dry, consider soaking them in warm water for about 15 minutes before using. Once they have soaked, drain them and use as directed.
Make these vegan: use pure maple syrup instead of honey and use vegan chocolate
Make these gluten-free: Use certified gluten-free oats and use certified gluten-free chocolate
Nutritional analysis calculated without chocolate.
- Serving Size: 1 bar
- Calories: 428
- Sugar: 25g
- Sodium: 79mg
- Fat: 20g
- Saturated Fat: 4g
- Carbohydrates: 55g
- Fiber: 10g
- Protein: 12g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
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I originally developed this recipe for Cooks' Emporium in Ames, IA.