Add-ins for these Healthy Chew No-Bake Granola Bars Feel free to use the ingredients and brands you love and have on hand. I am only sharing what I used to show that granola bars can be made healthier. rolled oats (I used certified gluten free oats) oat flour - (I made my own from certified gluten free oats) unsweetened shredded coconut (I used unsweetened organic coconut flakes) pitted dates - mixed with water to create a paste (I used medjool dates) coconut oil (I used organic extra virgin coconut oil) peanut butter (feel free to sub in your favorite nut or seed butter) (I used natural organic smooth peanut butter) almonds (again feel free to sub in your favorite nuts) sunflower seeds (feel free to sub in your favorite seeds or leave out entirely) dried cranberries (I used organic dried cranberries,refined sugar free) (optional - you may choose to leave these out or use your favorite dried fruit) ground cinnamon ground flaxseeds Healthy Almond Cranberry Granola Bars by ---- @LifeMadeSweeter - These chewy no-bake almond and cranberry granola bars make a healthy, satisfying snack that are made with no butter, sugar free, vegan and are gluten free with certified gluten free oats.

Chewy Granola Bars with Almond & Cranberry - No Bake

Chewy Granola Bars with Almond & Cranberry - No Bake - a healthy, satisfying snack made all in one pot with NO butter, have no REFINED SUGAR added, and are VEGAN and GLUTEN FREE with certified gluten-free oats.

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword gluten free granola bars, healthy snack recipe, sugar free granola bar
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 16 bars
Calories 215 kcal
Author Kelly


Homemade Date Paste:

  • 2 cups pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup water

Granola Bars:

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter or any nut butter of your choice; preferably creamy and unsalted
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup oat flour you can also make your own by blending rolled oats in a food processor
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 teaspoon ground flaxseeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt leave out the salt if your nut butter is salted
  • 2 tablespoons raw almonds divided
  • 1 tablespoons dried cranberries divided (use organic if needed)
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds

Add-Ins (optional - All add-ins should add up to a maximum of 1/3 - 1/2 cup or else bars may not hold up very well):

  • dried organic fruit of your choice
  • pepitas or pumpkin seeds
  • chia Seeds
  • dark chocolate chopped finely
  • unsweetened all natural cocoa powder


  1. Line a 9x9 square pan (for thicker bars like in the pictures) or a 9x13 rectangular pan for thinner bars with parchment paper or foil that has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray leaving an overhang over the pan for easy removal of bars.

Make the Date Paste:

  1. Add dates and water to a medium pot on medium-low heat. Mash down with a fork and continue stirring and mashing while the mixture heats up. The dates should soften after about 3-5 minutes. Continue mashing and stirring until paste becomes smoother and uniform. It is okay to see some chunks still - as long as it is a uniform paste then it is ready to use.

Make the Granola Bars

  1. Once the date paste is smooth and softened, add peanut butter and coconut oil to the pot. Stir constantly to combine and remove from heat once the mixture is smooth and the coconut oil has melted (about 1 minute). Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
  2. Pour in the oat flour, shredded coconut, ground cinnamon and salt (if using) and mix in gently.
  3. Toss in the rolled oats and flaxseeds and combine gently with a spatula or large spoon. Fold in the sunflower seeds and half of the almonds and cranberries.
  4. Pour granola mixture into prepared pan.
  5. Spread evenly and press down firmly using a flat spatula. Sprinkle remaining almonds and dried cranberries evenly. Press down firmly again with a spatula or your hands to flatten and bind together. Chill in the freezer for 1 hour or refrigerator for 3 hours or overnight to set.
  6. Remove from the freezer or fridge and use the foil overhang to transfer the uncut bars to a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, cut into even rectangles.
  7. Store the bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator. If you have to stack them, be sure to use parchment paper or foil in between the layers, otherwise they'll stick together. Bars are best enjoyed straight out of the fridge since they tend to soften up at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

**Use certified gluten-free oats if needed
**Use organic or sugar-free products as needed

Nutrition Facts
Chewy Granola Bars with Almond & Cranberry - No Bake
Amount Per Serving (1 bar (1/16 recipe))
Calories 215 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Sodium 58mg2%
Potassium 259mg7%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 25IU1%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.