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Best Grain Free Granola Bars

by Capri Lilly
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Enjoy Grain Free Granola Bars made with less than 10-ingredients! These protein-packed, crunchy granola bars are gluten-free, vegan, oil-free, naturally sweetened, and filled with superfood nuts and seeds! Simply combine the ingredients and place these no-bake granola bars in the fridge or freezer to firm! They are the perfect, chewy, crunchy snack!

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You’re probably wondering, “Why Grain Free Granola Bars?”.  Well, after sharing my Grain-Free Granola Recipe, it quickly became popular! (Tiktok most certainly loved it!) I decided to take the granola recipe one step further and make grain-free granola bars! I enjoy store-bought grain-free granola bars like Autumn’s Gold Grain Free granola bars. However, I wholeheartedly believe nothing beats making your food from scratch at home– especially when it comes to these granola bars! 

Homemade Peanut Butter Grain Free Granola Bars

stack of three grain free granola bars

You’ll Love These Grain-Free Granola Bars. They Are:

  • Soft to the bite, with just the right amount of crunch!
  • Ultra-satisfying –yummy nutty flavor and perfectly sweetened with dates and maple syrup!
  • Made with simple, wholesome ingredients!
  • Oat-free –it can be hard to find oat-free granola bars. These taste just as good but without the grains! 
  • Beginner Friendly Recipe– this recipe gives you easy no-bake granola bars with peanut butter, dates, and a variety of nuts and seeds!
  • Gluten-Free & Vegan! –with simple swaps these bars can be paleo and whole30 compliant!
  • Protein-Packed– with the addition of flax seeds and hemp seeds you’re getting 9.7 grams of protein per granola bar!
ingredients shown to make grain free peanut butter granola bars: medjool dates, chopped pecans, roasted almonds, walnuts, flaxseeds, shredded coconut, maple syrup

Here’s What You’ll Need To Make These Delicious Homemade Grain-Free Granola Bars

  • Nuts: This is the base for these grain-free granola bars. Instead of oats, we are using a variety of nuts. You can use whatever nuts you like best. I recommend a mixture of roasted almonds, pecans, and walnuts for the best flavor and crunch!
  • Peanut Butter: Peanut Butter is a protein-rich spread high in zinc, vitamin B-6, and magnesium! You can substitute with almond, cashew, or sunflower butter for a paleo option. The peanut butter, Medjool dates blend, and maple syrup work to bind the ingredients together.
  • Medjool Dates And Maple Syrup: Dates are nature’s candy and coupled with maple syrup, provide the perfect amount of sweetness while keeping these granola bars healthy and refined sugar-free! Pro Tip: Soak your dates in water for at least 15 minutes before blending. This softens the dates and helps them blend easier.
  • Ground Flaxseeds And Hemp Seeds: Both are filled with protein, fiber, and omega-3s. In 2 tablespoons, flaxseeds provide 3 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber, hemp seeds provide 7 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber! (source
  • Shredded Coconut And Dried Fruit: Adding coconut shavings, dried fruit, and even chocolate chips are completely optional! I like to add coconut and dried cranberries –so delish!
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How To Make Grain Free Granola Bars 

  1. Grab an S-blade food processor and add the nuts. Pulse them a few times to break them into smaller pieces. The texture should be crumbly with some large pieces. Do not overmix!
  2. Add the nut mixture to a large bowl along with the flaxseeds, coconut shavings, and hemp seeds. Then add the pitted Medjool dates to the food processor and blend until broken into a thick paste. Add half of the peanut butter and half of the maple syrup. Blend until thoroughly combined. 
  3. Add the date mixture to the nuts and mix well with a spatula– this may take a bit of elbow grease! 🙂
  4. The mixture should start to stick together, but needs a bit more to bind it. Whisk the remaining peanut butter and maple syrup together, then add the mixture to the bowl. Stir to combine the ingredients. 
  5. Once all the dry mixture is coated, mix in any additional add-ins, like dried fruit or chocolate chips.
  6. Line an 8 x 8” or 9 x 9” square pan with parchment paper, making sure to cover the bottom, sides, and leave extra to fold along the top. Pour the granola mixture into the pan, cover with parchment paper, and press the mixture down firmly with your hands. Make sure the mixture is evenly spread in the pan and packed tightly. 
  7. Place the pan in the freezer for at least 1 hour to firm. (2-4 hours is best)
  8. Remove the pan from the freezer and lift the parchment paper to remove the granola bars.
  9. Using a sharp knife, cut into 10 bars or 9 squares. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.
  10. Enjoy!
Grain Free Granola Bars on Parchment paper After Placing In the Freezer To Firm
Grain Free Granola Bars After Placing In the Freezer To Firm

Substitutions

Want Paleo Granola Bars? Simply swap out the peanut butter and use almond, sunflower, cashew, or any other nut butter. 

Want Whole30 Granola Bars? Just omit the maple syrup! Use 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil instead to help bind the ingredients together. 

Want Vegan Granola Bars? Guess what, they already are! These granola bars are vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, and refined sugar-free –and just darn good!

homemade-peanut-butter-grain-free-granola-bars

How To Store These Grain Free Granola Bars

These granola bars keep well in the fridge. I like to wrap the bars in parchment paper and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer. They last for up to a week in the refrigerator and 3 weeks in the freezer. Grab one from the fridge when you’re ready for a snack! (They taste great straight out of the freezer as well!)

You can also keep these stored on the counter for a few days, but keep in mind that the longer they are out of the fridge, the softer the granola bars get.

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I hope you enjoy this Grain Free Granola Bars Recipe!

If you try the recipe, don’t forget to rate the recipe and let me know what you think in the comments below! Take pictures, tag #goodfoodbaddie, and share them with me on Instagram! I love seeing my recipes come to life in your kitchen.

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Grain Free Granola Bars (Gluten-Free, Oat-Free, No-Bake Recipe)

Enjoy Grain Free Granola Bars made with less than 10-ingredients! These protein-packed, crunchy granola bars are gluten-free, vegan, oil-free, naturally sweetened, and filled with superfood nuts and seeds! Simply combine the ingredients and place these no-bake granola bars in the fridge or freezer to set! They are the perfect, chewy, crunchy snack!
5 from 45 votes
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Healthy Options, Vegan
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 10 bars
Calories: 389kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Equipment

  • S-Blade Food Processor (or blender)

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup Almonds (raw or roasted)
  • 3/4 cup Chopped Pecans
  • 3/4 cup Chopped Walnuts
  • 12 Medjool Dates, pits removed (appox. 1 cup)
  • 2/3 cup Unsalted Creamy Peanut Butter, divided
  • 4 tbsp Maple Syrup, divided
  • 1/4 cup Ground Flaxseeds
  • 1/2 cup Hemp Seeds

Optional Add-ins

  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
  • 1/2 cup Dried Cranberries (or other dried fruit)
  • 1/2 cup Mini Chocolate chips of choice

Instructions

Pulse The Nuts

  • Add the nuts to an S-blade food processor. Pulse them a few times to break them into smaller pieces. The texture should be crumbly with some large pieces. Do not overmix!
  • Add the nut mixture to a large bowl along with the flaxseeds, coconut shavings, and hemp seeds. Set Aside

Prepare The Date Mixture

  • Add the pitted Medjool dates to the food processor and blend until broken into a thick paste.
  • Add 1/3 cup peanut butter and 2 tablespoons of maple syrup. Blend until thoroughly combined.

Combine The Ingredients

  • Add the date mixture to the nuts and mix well with a spatula.
  • The mixture should start to stick together, but needs a bit more to bind it. Whisk the remaining peanut butter and maple syrup together, then add the mixture to the bowl. Stir to combine the ingredients.
  • Once all the dry mixture is coated, mix in any additional add-ins, like dried fruit or chocolate chips.

Press And Place In Freezer To Firm

  • Line an 8 x 8” or 9 x 9” square pan with parchment paper, making sure to cover the bottom, sides, and leave extra to fold along the top. Pour the granola mixture into the pan, cover with parchment paper, and press the mixture down firmly with your hands. Make sure the mixture is evenly spread in the pan and packed tightly.
  • Place the pan in the freezer for at least 1 hour to firm. (2-4 hours is best)
  • Remove the pan from the freezer and lift the parchment paper to remove the granola bars.

Slice And Enjoy!

  • Using a sharp knife, cut into 10 bars or 9 squares. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Want Paleo Granola Bars? Simply swap out the peanut butter and use almond, sunflower, cashew, or any other nut butter. 
Want Whole30 Granola Bars? Just omit the maple syrup! Use 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil instead to help bind the ingredients together. (If using coconut oil, store the bars in the fridge or freezer. The coconut oil will melt if the bars are stored at room temperature.)
*Nutrition is a rough estimate calculated with unsalted peanut butter, maple syrup, and shredded coconut.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 389kcal | Carbohydrates: 33.3g | Protein: 9.7g | Fat: 26.1g | Saturated Fat: 11.9g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 274mg | Fiber: 7.4g | Sugar: 21.3g | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 3mg

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15 comments

Tammy May 6, 2022 - 11:17 am

5 stars
These are so yummy!

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Capri Lilly May 7, 2022 - 8:35 am

Thanks Tammy!

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Elizabeth Elizabeth May 6, 2022 - 11:34 am

5 stars
The most beautiful looking recipe!

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Nancy May 6, 2022 - 11:45 am

5 stars
Your granola bars are incredibly flavorful, they’ve become a family favorite.

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Capri Lilly May 7, 2022 - 8:37 am

I love to hear it! Thanks for leaving a review, Nancy!

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Colleen May 6, 2022 - 1:58 pm

5 stars
I love that these granola bars are gluten free. Thanks for the recipe

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Capri Lilly May 7, 2022 - 8:38 am

You’re welcome, Colleen!

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Jamie May 6, 2022 - 2:08 pm

5 stars
I love how protein packed these granola bars are!

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Capri Lilly May 7, 2022 - 8:35 am

Me too! I love eating these after a workout!

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Laura May 6, 2022 - 2:29 pm

5 stars
Love these granola bars. They’re easy to make and tasted good.

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Capri Lilly May 7, 2022 - 8:33 am

I am glad you found them easy to make!Thanks for leaving a review

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Ash B May 6, 2022 - 3:06 pm

5 stars
I love finding new granola recipies! This one is by far my favorite to make and eat!

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Capri Lilly May 7, 2022 - 8:32 am

This is my favorite too! I am glad you like! 🙂

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Alison July 6, 2022 - 9:27 am

5 stars
I have so many food allergies and love to do mega hikes., Trail food is always a challenge. I made these yesterday and am psyched to try them on the trail tomorrow. Delicious!!

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Capri Lilly July 7, 2022 - 4:28 am

Hi Alison! I am so happy to hear you enjoy the recipe!! I hope you have fun on your trail! 🙂

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