Healthy Nut-Free Granola Bars (Easy No-Bake Recipe)

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These no-bake, Healthy Nut-Free Granola Bars are perfect for school lunches, because they are safe to have around anyone with nut allergies. They are super flavorful and require only 6 ingredients and 10 minutes of prep time to make! Learn how to make homemade nut-free granola bars with this quick and easy recipe.

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Nut-Free Granola Bars: The Perfect Healthy Snack

You are going to love these Healthy Nut-Free Granola Bars, because they are super easy to make and taste AMAZING. No baking is required to make these homemade treats, so this recipe is basically fool-proof.

Granola bars are ideal for snacking, because they are perfectly portable and they really help curb your hunger until your next meal. And if you make them using this recipe, you can rest assured that they are actually good for you (and your little ones!).

This recipe is made using wholesome ingredients, such as rolled oats, seeds, dried fruit and shredded coconut. A naturally-sweetened base of pureed dates and honey binds the bars together, while keeping them nice and chewy.

How to Make Healthy Nut-Free Granola Bars

As always, the full instructions are listed in the recipe below. But here are a few notes about each of the steps we will take to make this recipe:

  1. Make the date paste: Add the pitted dates and honey to a food processor. Process until they form a sticky paste.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients: Stir the oats, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries and shredded coconut together in a bowl.
  3. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together: Combine the date paste with the dry oat mixture and press into a lined, square baking pan.
  4. Freeze and serve: Place in the freezer until firm, then cut into bars and serve.

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Tips for Making No-Bake Nut-Free Granola Bars

Here are some pointers to ensure this recipe comes out perfect every single time:

  1. When adding the date-honey mixture to the dry granola mixture, use your hands to mix all of the ingredients together! Using a spoon will not cut it, because the mixture will be super sticky.
  2. Once everything is mixed together, be sure to very firmly press the granola mixture into the baking pan with your hands, the sides of a mug or a flat dish.
  3. Allow the granola mixture to chill and harden completely before cutting into bars. This will really help the granola bars to 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.

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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.

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More Healthy Granola Bar Recipes to Try

Looking for more nutritious, no-bake granola bar inspiration? Here are some of my favorite recipes:

For this Healthy Nut-Free Granola Bars Recipe, I recommend:

Here are a few kitchen tools that I suggest using to ensure your homemade granola bars come out perfect:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 Nut-Free Granola Bars recipe, let me know! Leave a comment with a star rating ★ below, because I love hearing from you! ♡

Healthy Nut-Free Granola Bars (No-Bake)

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These No-bake, Healthy Nut-Free Granola Bars are school-safe and so simple to make! They are chewy, kid-friendly, and ideal for snacking.
Alia Kay
4.70 from 13 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 10 granola bars
Calories 156 calories

Ingredients

Instructions

  • 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 the oats, cranberries, pumpkin seeds and coconut.
  • Add date mixture to oat mixture and mix, using your hands, until well combined. Transfer mixture to 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.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Nut-Free Granola Bars (No-Bake)
Amount per Serving
Calories
156
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
3
g
5
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Sodium
 
2
mg
0
%
Potassium
 
181
mg
5
%
Carbohydrates
 
30
g
10
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
20
g
22
%
Protein
 
2
g
4
%
Vitamin A
 
20
IU
0
%
Calcium
 
16
mg
2
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

  1. To make this recipe vegan, substitute the honey with maple syrup.
  2. To make this recipe gluten-free, use certified gluten-free rolled oats.
  3. Leftover granola bars can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Keyword No-Bake Granola Bars, Nut-Free Granola Bars, School-Safe Granola Bars

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16 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I have been looking for a good recipe for nut-free snack bars!! Can’t wait to give these babies a try! 😀

  2. 5 stars
    Oh wow, toasting the oats before adding them to the bars sounds GENIUS! I have been slowly trying to make more homemade granola bars (versus buying store-bought), so I love when I find new easy recipes I can try. I see you have a few others in the related content section, going to go check those out now!

    1. Haha! My mom taught me that trick. 😉 You should definitely give one of my granola bar recipes a try! I like making them because they are healthier and not as sweet as store-bought bars!

  3. 5 stars
    I LOVE homemade granola bars, and you’re right they are so much better for you and better tasting than store-bought. These look divine! Thanks for the recipe, they will be perfect for my “nut-free” Dad!

  4. Hi Jennifer! Thanks so much! You can store leftover granola bars in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. These granola bars are also freezer-friendly. Just wrap each bar individually in plastic wrap or parchment paper and freeze for up to 3 months. 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe! So convenient for make ahead breakfasts. Love that is all natural ingredients. I made some substitutions to make a little less sweet otherwise it is more of a dessert. Just added more coconut oil and less honey

  6. 5 stars
    This recipe looks great! I’ve been looking for a nut free recipe because my daughter has a tree nut allergy. I’m sure she is going to love this granola bar however I’ll leave the coconut out because unfortunately it is a tree nut.

    1. Hi Tanya, thanks so much! Yeah, you can definitely leave the coconut out of the recipe. Maybe in its place you could just add in more pumpkin seeds! That way the proportion of dry ingredients in the recipe would still be the same. 🙂