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.
Where to Get the Best Healthy Snacks
Although I love to make my own snacks, I, just like you, don’t always have the time to do so. It’s perfectly fine to purchase packaged snacks, as long as you buy the right ones. My favorite source to buy healthy, junk-free snacks from is Urthbox.
Urthbox is a healthy subscription box delivery service that sends 100% GMO-free, organic and natural snacks right to your door. Their food selection includes everything from chips, snack bars, dried fruits and vegetables, sweets and chocolates, crackers, juices, and more!
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If you have trouble finding tasty, nutritious snacks near you – or if you want to skip the shopping AND get high-quality snacks delivered straight to your door while you’re at it – then you NEED to try UrthBox.
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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