Just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes to whip these up. These bars are so easy to make, you’ll never buy store-bought granola bars again. They are very filling, boasting 9g of protein using only whole food ingredients, and are vegan and gluten free!

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Just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes to whip these up. These bars are so easy to make, you'll never buy store-bought granola bars again. They are very filling, boasting 9g of protein using only whole food ingredients, and are vegan and gluten free! #granolabar #vegansnack #easysnack #vegan #glutenfree #healthysnack

I love an easy no-bake snack, like my simple bliss ball recipe or these stuffed peanut butter dates.

Granola bars used to be my go-to snack growing up. They were quick, convenient, tasty and healthy! Right?

You’d think, but boy was I wrong! My usual choice was the Quaker Chewy Granola Bars. I know, not the best choice in the first place. And I needed at least two to feel full. They were low calorie which back then meant healthy in my mind. What I didn’t realize was that if I just ate more filling foods (yes that includes higher calories), I wouldn’t have had to snack so much, which ultimately led me to more poor food choices.

Those bars were (and still are) considered low fat and have only 1 or 2 grams of protein per bar. Not satiating at all. But they were tasty!

So, I decided I needed to recreate a granola bar that is reminiscent of those granola bars, keeping the aspects I liked about them but improving upon them to make them more filling and a viable snacking option for someone low on time or on the go.

I know you’re wondering, “is that even possible?!”

Introducing my 5-Ingredient No-Bake Granola Bars!

Just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes to whip these up. These bars are so easy to make, you'll never buy store-bought granola bars again. They are very filling, boasting 9g of protein using only whole food ingredients, and are vegan and gluten free! #granolabar #vegansnack #easysnack #vegan #glutenfree #healthysnack

These bars are:

  • Filling – packing 9g of protein per bar!
  • Convenient – make ahead and grab when you need them
  • Quick – just 5 minutes to prep
  • Delicious – the perfect combination of salty and sweet
  • Healthy – no refined flours or sugar here
  • Chewy – they got the chewy texture that I love!

How to make

It is really so simple, you’re going to be shocked. All you need is a large mixing bowl and a flat pan. No baking necessary!

I start with heating up the maple syrup and peanut butter in the microwave so that it mixes together better and becomes more liquidity. This is necessary especially if you’re using a natural nut butter that has to be refrigerated.

Then I add in the cinnamon and salt to make sure they’re evenly distributed before I add in the oats. After that I make sure everything is evenly mixed and then pour it in to my pan lined with parchment paper.

Just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes to whip these up. These bars are so easy to make, you'll never buy store-bought granola bars again. They are very filling, boasting 9g of protein using only whole food ingredients, and are vegan and gluten free! #granolabar #vegansnack #easysnack #vegan #glutenfree #healthysnack

It needs about an hour in the refrigerator to firm up. Then I slice it into bars and grab one as I need. I just keep them stored in the refrigerator since I eat them within the week but you can individually wrap them in parchment paper and freeze for longer.

Additional flavor variations and mix-in options

  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup dairy-free dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit
  • 2 – 4 tablespoons of chia or hemp seeds for a protein boost
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts

The possibilities are endless! These bars are a great base recipe to build upon. You can make them as sweet or as salty as you want. Make them crunchier with nuts or get a dose of those omega-3s with added seeds. They’re so versatile.

Just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes to whip these up. These bars are so easy to make, you'll never buy store-bought granola bars again. They are very filling, boasting 9g of protein using only whole food ingredients, and are vegan and gluten free! #granolabar #vegansnack #easysnack #vegan #glutenfree #healthysnack

I can tell they’re going to be on my weekly rotation from now on because of how simple they are to make and how easy it is to modify them to a different flavor. If I get bored of one flavor I’ll just add something new in next time to mix it up. Easy peasy!

These bars are so hearty and delicious, full of healthy fats, protein, and fiber. No more snack time dilemmas — just make these! Problem solved.

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Just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes to whip these up. These bars are so easy to make, you'll never buy store-bought granola bars again. They are very filling, boasting 9g of protein using only whole food ingredients, and are vegan and gluten free! #granolabar #vegansnack #easysnack #vegan #glutenfree #healthysnack

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Just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes to whip these up. These bars are so easy to make, you'll never buy store-bought granola bars again. They are very filling, boasting 9g of protein using only whole food ingredients, and are vegan and gluten free! #granolabar #vegansnack #easysnack #vegan #glutenfree #healthysnack

5 Ingredient No Bake Granola Bars (Vegan + Gluten Free)

4.91 from 20 votes
Author: Rachel
Just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes to whip these up. These bars are so easy to make, you'll never buy store-bought granola bars again. They are very filling, boasting 9g of protein using only whole food ingredients, and are vegan and gluten free!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients 
 

  • ¾ cup all-natural peanut butter * or preferred all-natural nut butter
  • cup pure maple syrup or agave syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups rolled oats

Instructions 

  • Line an 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large microwave-safe mixing bowl add the peanut butter and maple syrup. Microwave until heated through and then thoroughly mix them together. Alternatively use the stovetop to heat.
    3/4 cup all-natural peanut butter, 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • Add in the cinnamon and salt and stir to combine. Then add the oats and mix well.
    1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 2 cups rolled oats
  • Pour the oat mixture into your prepared pan and press down evenly into place. Refrigerate for at least one hour to allow the bars to firm up.
  • When ready, remove from pan and slice into 8 bars.
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze for longer.

Notes

For portability you can wrap individual bars in parchment paper.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Make sure to use a natural nut butter as these tend to have a more liquid-y consistency which is best to ensure the mixture isn’t too dry. If your nut butter drips off a spoon, it’s perfect, if you scoop it and it stays in one place on the spoon, try thinning it with a little water.

Nutrition

Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 186mg | Potassium: 260mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
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31 Comments

  1. Hi, I’m not a huge fan of coconut. Have you tried any other ingredient in its place? Thank you!

    1. You can simply omit the coconut! It is just an additional flavor option but the base recipe in the recipe card doesn’t require it 🙂

    2. Mine just ended up as granola. They didn’t stick together, I kept them in the fridge 2 hours.
      Any idea why? I make my own peanut butter. Should the peanut butter and maple syrup completely melt?

      1. Hi Ashley, I make sure the peanut butter and maple are pretty warm, and then I pack it pretty tightly which I think helps it stick better. Hope this helps!

  2. I thought this sounded like something I’ve tried before, but I figured since it got good reviews maybe my proportions were just off. Nope. All I got after the fridge was a tray of crumbly, maple peanut butter coated oats.

    1. Hi Denise, I’m sorry to hear that! What type of peanut butter did you use? I like all natural because it is more liquid-y which helps hold everything together. I should have made that clearer in the instructions.

  3. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious and easy!! Made these during my lunch break and enjoyed after work. New fav sweet treat.

  4. 5 stars
    So easy to make and a great snack! I added chopped cashews, pumpkin seeds and some ground flax.
    They really held together, no more buying granola bars! Thanks!

  5. Hi. What could I substitute the peanut butter with to make it nut free? Would coconut oil work? Do you have any other suggestions?

    1. You can use any liquid sweetener so you could try something like Stevia for sugar-free. That will reduce some of the carbs but oats are a main ingredient which contain healthy complex carbs with fiber and many nutrients so it’d be hard to replace them with something else.

  6. 5 stars
    I can’t believe how fast these can be made. I’m going to give them a try. Chocolate chips will be in my batch.

  7. 5 stars
    You are right – these are easy peasy and taste so much like the store-bought bars that have hardly any nutrition in them. I love them – we added mini chocolate chips to them and the kids liked them even better! Thanks for this recipe – love it!!