This No-bake, Healthy Fruit and Nut Granola Bars recipe is made with just 6 ingredients. These homemade granola bars are chewy, so simple to make, and just as delicious as they are nutritious!
It’s great to make homemade granola bars, because that way you get to control what goes into them. This recipe is made with a bunch of good-for-you ingredients, such as rolled oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds and dried fruit. A naturally-sweetened base of pureed dates and honey binds everything together.
These homemade granola bars are perfect for snacking, because they are super tasty, portable and will keep you feeling full for a long time. They provide a good dose of healthy fats and fiber from the almonds, pumpkin seeds and oats. For the dried fruit in the recipe I used dried cranberries, but you could use raisins, dried cherries or any other dried fruit that you have on hand.
How to Make Healthy Fruit and Nut Granola Bars
- Make the date paste: Add the pitted dates and honey to a food processor. Process until they form a sticky paste.
- Combine the dry ingredients: Stir the oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds and dried fruit together in a bowl.
- Mix the wet and dry ingredients together: Combine the date paste with the dry oat mixture and press into a lined, square baking pan.
- Freeze and serve: Place in the freezer until firm, then cut into bars and serve.
Tips for Making Healthy Fruit and Nut Granola Bars
- When adding the date paste to the dry granola mixture, use your hands to mix everything together! Using a spoon will not cut it, because the mixture gets super sticky (that’s why the granola bars hold together so well without baking).
- Once all of the ingredients are combined, press the granola mixture very firmly into the baking pan with your hands, a flat dish or the sides of a mug.
- Allow the granola mixture to chill and harden completely before cutting into bars. This will ensure that the granola bars hold together when sliced.
Optional: To really bring out the flavor of the oats, you can gently toast them on a baking sheet at 350°F for 10 minutes, just until they become fragrant.
The Best Healthy Snack/Protein Bars
Although I love to make my own granola/snack bars, I, just like you, don’t always have the time to do so. It’s perfectly fine to purchase pre-packaged bars, as long as you buy the right ones.
Unfortunately, many pre-made granola/protein/snack/energy bars are made with all kinds of harmful additives, such as artificial flavors and colors, excess sodium and sugar, and non-food ingredients.
Here are some of my favorite clean, healthy energy and protein bars (all product links go straight to Amazon if you want to learn more or order online):
- RXBARs: These nutritious, junk-free protein bars are made with whole foods and simple ingredients like egg whites, fruits, and nuts. RXBARs are dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, and contain no added sugars. They are perfect for breakfast on-the-go, an afternoon snack or for pre/post-workout fuel.
- EPIC Bars: These bars combine meat, fruit, and nuts to create a savory, healthy protein bar that is high in nutrients and low in sugar. All EPIC bars are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free and soy-free. My personal favorite flavor is Chicken Sriracha – it is SO good!
- Health Warrior’s Chia Bars: These snack bars are made from 100% real food, are completely plant-based and free of gluten, dairy, GMOs and soy. Each bar is only 100 calories and also has only three grams of sugar, which is super low compared to most snack bars made by other brands.
More Healthy, No-Bake Granola Bar Recipes to Try
- Nut-Free Granola Bars
- Apple Cinnamon Granola Bars
- Mango Coconut Granola Bars
- Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
For this Healthy Fruit and Nut Granola Bars Recipe, I recommend:
- Cuisinart Food Processor – This is the one I use and love! I have had mine for years and it is one of my favorite kitchen tools. I use it all the time to quickly mix ingredients and to make sauces and dips.
- KitchenAid Mixing Bowls – This is a 3-piece set that is great for combining ingredients. The bowls nest together, so they are super easy to store.
- Baker’s Secret Square Baking Pan – This pan is the perfect size for this recipe. It also works beautifully for making brownies and cake.
If you make this Healthy Fruit and Nut Granola Bars recipe, let me know! Rate it and leave a comment below, because I love hearing from you! 🙂
Healthy Fruit and Nut Granola Bars
- Line an 8x8-inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving some overhang on the sides for easy removal. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a food processor, process dates and honey until they form a paste.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries.
- Add date mixture to oat mixture and mix, using your hands, until combined. Scoop mixture into the prepared pan and firmly press into an even layer.
- Chill in freezer for about 20 minutes until firm. Remove from freezer and lift granola mixture out of pan using overhang on sides. Cut into bars and serve.
- To make this recipe vegan, substitute the honey with maple syrup.
- To make this recipe gluten-free, use certified gluten-free rolled oats.
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