No-Bake Chocolate Granola Bars are a healthy treat or snack that tastes almost like an almond joy but without added fillers and refined sugars. They are crunchy, sweet, chewy, and sure to satisfy those cravings for something sweet.
These healthy no-bake oat bars are a delicious treat that comes together in minutes. Made without your oven so you can enjoy them all summer long without heating up the house. Perfect for a simple treat that you can keep chilled and readily available.
Vegan Chocolate Granola Bars
This recipe, as written, can easily be adjusted to suit any number of dietary restrictions. We can make this recipe dairy-free, vegan, and plant-based by using dark chocolate or dairy-free chocolate chips. The low sugar content is also great for those of us trying to keep our sugars in check.
Ingredients you’ll need for chocolate granola bar:
- Maple syrup
- Nut butter
- Coconut oil
- Vanilla extract
- Ground cinnamon
- Rolled oats
- Quick oats
- Shredded coconut
- Chocolate chips
For the exact amount needed, please see the recipe card below.
How to Make No Bake Chocolate Granola Bars
Add your maple syrup, coconut oil, and nut butter to a medium-sized pan over medium heat.
Stir well until combined.
Remove the pan from the heat and then add in the chocolate chips, stirring together until the chocolate has melted and combined with the rest of the ingredients.
Add in the shredded coconut, vanilla extract, salt, ground cinnamon, and almonds. Stir together to combine.
Add in the quick oats and rolled oats, mixing well to combine.
Place a piece of parchment paper into an 8×8 square pan and drop the prepared granola mixture into the pan, extending it out to the sides in an even layer.
Sprinkle some additional coconut on top and place it into the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
Once hardened, you can chop the granola into ten individual-sized bars.
Serve and enjoy.
- You can use just about any nut butter desired to make this recipe. Some of our favorites include peanut butter, almond butter, and cashew butter.
- The 2 tablespoons of rolled oats are to add some texture to the granola bars, but if desired, you can just use 2 cups of quick oats instead.
- If you find that after 30 minutes in the fridge, your granola still hasn’t set enough to slice into bars, pop it into the freezer for a quick 10-20 minute process speed-up.
Maple syrup can be replaced with honey or agave nectar.
While we use almonds in this recipe, you can feel free to omit them or swap them out for a different type of nut. Some great tasting nut choices include:
- Macadamia nuts
And for an even richer taste experience, you can toast the nuts (or coconut) before using.
For a nice salted crunch, sprinkle some flaky sea salt over the top of these granola bars just after you finish pressing them into the pan.
Add in some dried fruits for a little more added sweetness and a nice kick of energy. Here are some great dried fruit options to consider:
How do you make granola bars stick together?
To get your granola bars to stick together, you will need a good binding agent. In our case, we use maple syrup as a natural sweetener and a binding agent because it is so sticky. We also cook the mixture until it’s combining well before pressing it into the pan, and this really helps to get the granola to hold its shape well.
Why are granola bars not good for you?
A lot of granola bars are packed with refined sugars, sugar alcohols, artificial sweeteners, and other ingredients that can have a negative impact on your health. With our homemade granola bar recipe, we use natural sugars and whole foods ingredients to make it as healthy as can be.
Can you lose weight by eating granola?
Eating the right granolas can help you to lose weight if you select the higher fiber options when available. Eating high fiber granola can help to keep you feeling fuller longer so that you are less likely to snack on unhealthy foods throughout the day.
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