Five Minute, No-Bake Vegan Granola Bars

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Author Notes: This bar can be whatever you want it to be. Add different kinds of dried fruits, different nuts, or different nut butters. It's all good. Mix, wrap, and enjoy!Gena Hamshaw

Serves 10-12

  • 2 1/2 cups rolled or quick oats
  • 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2/3 cup peanut or almond butter
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cups agave nectar or brown rice syrup (adjust based on how well things stick together)
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt (adjust based on which nut butter you use)
  1. Mix oats, pumpkin seeds, and raisins in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk together nut butter, sweetener, and sea salt. Pour into oat mixture, and mix well, till everything is sticky and combined. If it’s too dry, add a bit more agave.
  3. Press mixture into a shallow baking dish that you’ve lined with foil or saran wrap. Cover with more foil/saran, press well into the baking dish, and refrigerate for 4 hours. Cut into bar shapes, wrap, and keep refridgerated till ready to use. They will last two weeks in the fridge.
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18 days ago Chef Devaux

well if it is only going to take 5 min to make I will have to give it a try

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4 months ago Michelle

Yummy! I love granola bars, and no-bake is definitely an added bonus. I'm looking forward to making these. :)

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4 months ago littlegypsyau

I used a square pan with removable bottom, lined it with wrap first and just pressed it all down. Just so that the bars are a decent height, don't think it really matters.

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4 months ago Yw Yw

Could someone help by specifying the size of "shallow baking dish" that we should be using for this recipe? Thank you.

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3 months ago Paula Zevin

Try a 8x8" square baking dish or a 9x13" if you don't have the first one. The bars will be thinner, but still very good. If you have a square or rectangular ceramic serving dish around those dimensions, you could try that too. Hope this works.

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5 months ago littlegypsyau

If you heat the honey and almond butter together a little, the bars have no problem sticking together.

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3 months ago Paula Zevin

Thanks, I was about to suggest the same thing.

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5 months ago franneh

This is an awesome recipe! My friend brought them on a weekend trip and I was hooked. I made the first batch with honey cause that was the only thing I had on hand, but they didn't stick together very well (though it didn't matter because they were still gone in 2 days, thanks to my brother.) I made them with brown rice syrup the second time around and they turned out perfectly! This will definitely be my go-to granola bar recipe. THANKS :)

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5 months ago Inga Ērgle

Hello! I have tried to make them, but the problem is that oats are swelling and after one day granola bar is really dry. Maybe You have and advices how to avoid that? Is there a difference if I use gluten free or traditional rolled oats? Thanks!

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5 months ago littlegypsyau

This is a wonderful recipe. Have made it many times now. I tweak it a little by adding whole almonds, walnuts, dried cherries, and any other thing I happen to have on hand and think healthy :)

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6 months ago Liz

These are the perfect granola bars for students: easy to make, perfect for an afternoon snack and so so delicious. Made these with sunflower seed butter, honey, and jumbo raisins. Sprinkled sea-salt on top. Didn't have any problems with crumbling!

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6 months ago deborah g farquhar

yes I have made these bars with honey and they are delicious but when my vegan friends come for a visit, I use the agave. YUMMA

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8 months ago Kacia

One calculation I came up with using dried cranberries instead of raisins, natural ground peanut butter, and 1/2 c agave gave Per Serving (out of 12): 246 calories 26 carbs 14 fat 9 protein 22 sodium 9 sugar

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8 months ago Kacia

I love this recipe and shared the nutrition info since I, too, have been wondering about it.

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8 months ago Donna

This recipe is so easy, and they are so good.

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8 months ago Franca

Mine are refrigerating right now. Can' wait for breakfast.

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9 months ago koc

Fantastic and so quick to mix up! Made with honey. Thanks!

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10 months ago michelle

I love this recipe! I have made it every week since finding it on this site. I have also tried it with dried cranberries and dried cherries instead of the raisins. I have also used honey instead of the agave nectar. One of the best recipes!!!!

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10 months ago Heidi

These are great and simple to make, my almost 4-year old had a great time picking out the seeds to add and stirring the mix up. We used pumpkin, unsalted sunflower, flax and chia seeds. And a handfull of mini chocolate chips because, why not.

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10 months ago Colette Scott

awesome and so healthy- thanks

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11 months ago Ellen M.

I doubled the recipe and served these to a large group of people today. They were delicious, and a huge crowd pleaser. So many people wanted the recipe that we had to keep printing additional copies. I used almond butter and brown rice syrup, and had no problem with crumbling. I thought of using dried cherries and some chocolate chunks, but I decided to follow the recipe exactly and it was perfect as written. Of course, the possible variations are endless.

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11 months ago deedee1200

For all those who are experiencing crumbly bars: in our second batch, we tried heating the sticky ingredients together, stirring until the peanut butter and brown rice syrup were well-combined. Then we mixed this with the dry ingredients and salt and pressed into the pan. 4 hours later, we had perfectly intact granola bars, no crumbling in sight!

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11 months ago Jo

This is an awesome base recipe. I made these bars multiple times by now with all kinds of variations. If you stick to the ratios of the dry and wet ingredients and roll out the dough between 2 sheets of plastic wrap you should have no problems with crumbliness. My last version has chia seeds, hemp seeds and hemp protein powder in it for a post workout recovery bar. Turned out green but tasty :)