Homemade Granola bars are a great way to keep binges in line. We like keeping healthy homemade bars close to ensure we have a healthy energy source to satisfy any craving without going after unhealthy ones.
We promise to share a series of different tried and tested granola bar recipes with you, but we wanted to start with a simple HOW-TO recipe to provide you with the basic principles for making a granola bar and a healthy snack.
This is our 5-ingredient granola bar that works beautifully 100% of the time, just as our no-bake fig bars, equally delicious!
- Rolled oats or spelt
- Hazelnut butter
- Agave syrup
As a base for these bars, we need dates – a great natural sweetener (optionally add mixed dried fruit such as raisins and/or goji berries). Then we add walnuts (or almonds), spelt (or oats), hazelnut butter, and agave syrup (or maple) and mix it all!
A 5 ingredient granola bar is easily made by baking spelt and walnuts for 15 minutes, thus adding an extra crunch and toasted flavor note, but it is not necessary.
I love the fact that these super easy granola bars will keep well in the freezer for a long time.
Pit the dates, you can also use date paste instead.
Bake the Gluten-Free Spelt (Or Gluten-Free Oats) along with the Walnuts (or Almonds) for 15 minutes.
Blend the dates in the Food Processor until a ball is formed (approx 15 seconds).
Add the toasted spelt and Walnuts to the food processor and blend for additional 5 seconds.
Transfer everything to a bowl and add the Agave Syrup (or Maple) and the Hazelnut butter (or Peanut/Almond butter).
Lay a parchment paper on the same baking tray and press down the mix with a spoon.
Place an additional parchment paper on top and press with a drinking glass.
Chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
Cut the bars.
You can change the hazelnut butter for peanut or almond butter, just swapping and using the exact quantities. Make sure to use Gluten-Free spelt and oats to keep your homemade granola bars gluten-free. It is a very easily customizable recipe. Both children and adults love them.
In addition to dates, you can make granola using other natural sweeteners such as raisins, dried apricots, and other mixed dried fruit.
We usually make these granola bars with ingredients readily available in the pantry.
We only change the dried fruit (sweetener), nuts (any kind of nut), creamy bonding ingredient (nut butter), and cereal (oats or spelt)—all wholesome and crunchy ingredients.
These are the perfect bar for a healthy snack because they keep you full and don’t provide much sugar. They have many fiber and complex carbs, so the energy is released in your body gradually instead of giving you a sugar rush leaving you hungry a little time later.
They also pack healthy fats and lots of fiber, and the quantities are easily adjustable to your needs.
More granola recipes!
More Healthy Snack Recipes
- Healthy Vegan Truffles (Power Balls)
- Homemade Vegan Granola Bars
- 3-Ingredient Guilt-Free Crispy Kale Savory Snack
If you try any of these recipes, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #ourplantbasedworld on Instagram. Cheers!
How to make homemade granola bars
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt skip if using salty nut butter
- Heat oven to 350 degrees ºF (175º C) and line a baking dish with parchment paper.
- Add your spelt (or oats) and walnuts to a bare baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.1 ½ cup Gluten-Free spelt, 1 cup walnuts
- Add dates to a food processor and mix until a soft ball forms — ~15-20 seconds. It should be sticky.1 ¼ cup dates
- Add the toasted spelt and walnuts and blend for additional 5 seconds.1 ½ cup Gluten-Free spelt, 1 cup walnuts
- Transfer to a mixing bowl, add the agave syrup, hazelnut butter and salt. Use a spoon to mix thoroughly.¼ cup hazelnut butter, 1 tablespoon agave syrup, ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- Transfer to the prepared baking pan and use a wooden spoon to disperse into an even layer. Cover with parchment paper and press down with a drinking glass to get the mixture packed tightly, preventing the granola bars from crumbling. Chill in the freezer for a minimum of 15 minutes.
- Remove bars from the dish and chop into 12 bars. Store in a container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 2 months. They keep their shape best right out of the freezer or refrigerator.
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