Chewy and delicious no-bake granola bars, the perfect vegan, and gluten-free snack. This blog post is sponsored by iHerb, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Homemade Soft and Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars
What’s your favorite snack on the go? I love granola bars or like I also call them “muesli bars”. For me, it’s important to be prepared and have a filling snack with me when I am on the go, as I tend to get hungry fast between meals. As long as I have these no-bake granola bars with me, I don’t need to rely on convenience stores to buy (not so healthy) snacks.
My soft and chewy granola bars are a mix of dried fruits, seeds, oats, raw agave syrup and cashew butter. They are the perfect snack on the go, if you need instant energy but don’t want to feel too full, as they contain healthy carbs, proteins, and fat.
Granola Bar Recipe with 8 Ingredients
You can prep these homemade no-bake granola bars in 15 minutes. They contain only 8 ingredients, and you don’t even need a blender or food processor to make them. In fact, they are so easy to make and don’t require baking, which means the bars can be enjoyed raw.
I ordered 5 ingredients from iHerb and I couldn’t be happier about the products, as they are the perfect ingredients for this granola bar recipe. In the following photo, you can see all the products which I ordered.
My favorite product is the Go Raw Coco Crunch. It’s basically sprouted granola and can be eaten on its own as a snack or enjoyed as muesli with plant-based milk. The ingredients are: Sprouted buckwheat groats, sprouted sunflower seeds, dates, sprouted sesame seeds, coconut (un-sulfured), hemp seeds, cacao, vanilla extract, Celtic sea salt. I love that it’s fully raw and refined sugar-free.
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These Homemade Muesli Bars are:
- The perfect snack
- (Raw) Vegan (no-baking required)
- Prepared in 15 minutes
- Easy to make
Should you recreate these no-bake granola bars, please leave a comment below and tag me in your Instagram or Facebook post with @elavegan and #elavegan so that I can see it and leave a comment.
If you like quick and easy to make treats, definitely also check out the following delicious gluten-free & vegan healthy snack ideas:
- Healthy Breakfast Cookies (Sugar-Free)
- Lemon Coconut Energy Balls
- No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies
- 3-Ingredient Coconut Bliss Balls
- Healthy No-Bake Brownies
- 5-Ingredient Bliss Balls With Dates
- No-Bake Chocolate Protein Bars
- Breakfast Granola Cups
- Vegan Cheesecake Tarts
No-Bake Granola Bars
- 1/2 scant cup (150 g) Madhava, Raw Agave Syrup
- 1/4 cup (65 g) Dastony, Cashew Butter
- 1 heaped tbsp (15 g) Navitas Organics, Cacao Butter
- 1 cup (120 g) Go Raw, Granola
- 3/4 cup (120 g) Made in Nature, Dried Fruit Mix (cranberries, raisins, goji berries...)
- 1 cup (100 g) Oats (GF)
- 1/2 cup (80 g) Nuts or seeds (I used a mix of chopped pecans, chia seeds, and pepitas)
- 1/2 cup (22 g) Popped quinoa (or puffed rice)
- Line a baking pan (mine measures 7x11) with parchment paper and leave about a 2-inch overhang on both sides. Grease the paper with a little bit of oil.
- Melt wet ingredients in a pan (on low heat), or in a double boiler or in the microwave for max. 1 minute.
- Add all dry ingredients to a big bowl, stir until combined. Pour wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and mix until everything is evenly distributed.
- Transfer the mixture to your lined baking pan, spread it evenly with your hands, and press it down as firmly and evenly as possible.
- Place the pan now in your freezer (cover it with plastic wrap) and leave it there for at least one hour until set.
- Remove the pan from the freezer and easily lift the mixture out of the pan like shown in the following photo. Use a sharp knife to cut the mixture into squares or rectangles.
- Store the no-bake granola bars in the fridge or in the freezer (wrapped in freezer bags) for best results. If you want to take your bars with you (snack on the go) I would recommend wrapping them individually in plastic wrap, so that they hold their shape.
- The recipe makes 9 huge granola bars. The nutrition facts are for one bar.
Nutrition information is an estimate and has been calculated automatically
Hello, this looks sooo yummy. Is there another sweetener we can use instead of agave syrup, like honey or maple syrup?
Sure, that is totally fine. 🙂
I forgot to rate the recipe 😍
Thanks so much, dear. 🙂
I tried today the healthy granola bars and they’re AMAZING😍 Thank you for this easy and healthy recipe!
I have a question please, can I put less agave syrup next time? because they’re a lit bit too sweet for me 😊
Hello Nabila! Yes, that is totally fine. You will need to add more cashew butter then. Enjoy! 🙂
What a wonderful recipe! It is perfect for adapting with what you have. I like to eat mostly raw, so I used sprouted quinoa and sprouted amaranth. I added some cacao nibs too. The blend of cacao butter, cashew butter, and agave is rich and decadent. I could imagine that being a nice drizzle for fruit salad or on top of a cake.
That’s awesome, Haddie! I am glad it turned out delicious. Thanks for your feedback. 🙂
So for anyone on a budget be aware that these cost about $60 to buy the ingredients.
But you only need a fraction of the ingredients for this recipe…
These looks so delicious , is there. Keto or low carb option on these or some sort of sweetener that can be used that is low carb ? Thanks
PS I’ll give my email but can’t get t into it at the moment .
Hi Lisa, I really think it’s not possible to make this dessert low carb because of all the dried fruit.
I made this today and its way too sweet tasting. So much agave makes this recipe unhealthy.
Hi Tom, thanks for your feedback. It’s 22 grams of sugar per serving (for one bar and they are pretty big). I believe store-bought granola bars are even sweeter, but feel free to use less sweetener and more cashew butter instead (in case you want to make them again). 🙂
Amazing! And so colourful, too! Definitely going to give these a whirl 🙂 Absolutely love cashew butter but I might try switching it up with some different ones to experiment as well!
Thank you very much! I hope you will like them 🙂
Dee | Green Smoothie Gourmet
Oh my I love iHerb Ela! And the fact that you add cacao butter to be the binder is brilliant. I also love the rainbow effect. Thank you for sharing this recipe and these ideas! Dee xx
Yes, iHerb is amazing, they have such a huge and great selection. I am really glad you like my granola bars 🙂
Hello Ela. Ive been inspired by your amazing recipes andan willing to try this one out. But mu question is can i replace cashew butter with any other nut butter? And what is a good substitute for cacao butter if I dont have it available.
Keep up the great work!
Hello Zahra, thanks so much for your compliment! Yes, you can definitely replace cashew butter with any other nut or seed butter of choice. You can use coconut oil instead of cacao butter. Hope this helps 🙂
I will try this recipe for sure. Looks yummy
That’s great, please report back once you do 🙂
Oh wow! They look absolutely delicious Ela 😀 Love the beautiful colours! They certainly look tempting 🙂
Aww thank you so much Nadia! Makes me so happy that you like my granola bars. Have a wonderful day 🙂
Natalie | Feasting on Fruit
Cashew butter–YES!!!! Haha I was sorta kidding in my reply, but you are indeed doing delicious things with it right now too. First I just need to say that these have to be the most colorful granola bars I’ve ever seen, rainbow snacking at its best! You definitely know how to pick 5 very good products for a little online food shopping, I love all of these things and I can’t even imagine how delicious they must taste altogether in one perfect snack. Colors, textures, and yummy ingredients galore!
Thank you very much for your sweet comment, Natalie! It was the first time I tried Cashew Butter and I really love it. I also love other nut or seed butters but cashew butter has the perfect color for lighter desserts, like your blondies, so it’s really great to have a jar at home. And yes these granola bars are super yummy, I actually can’t stop eating them, haha. Have a wonderful day. 🙂
I made these bars but adapted the recipe a bit because of my allergies. They still turned out great. I tagged & thanked you on my Instagram post & shared a photo of mine.
Hi, Deb! I am so happy you liked my recipe and that it turned out amazing with a few adaptions. Thanks for your great feedback 🙂
I will be looking into iherb ! And this amazing recipe , you make it so simple for me to follow I can’t wait to make this with my girls <3 thank you !!!!
Thank you, Kirsten! I hope you will like my recipe. Much love to you ????