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 1/2 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.
- 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
- 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.
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.
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.