This gluten-free and vegan no-bake granola bars recipe was developed exclusively for Nuts.com and our customers by Miryam Quinn Doblas, Registered Dietitian (RD). Miryam inspires others with her passion for creating healthy and delicious recipes on her website, Eat Good 4 Life.
Whip up a batch of these no-bake granola bars for a healthy breakfast or snack that’s always ready to go. Made with wholesome ingredients, this recipe contains none of the artificial flavors or refined sugar of store-bought granola varieties. Delicious and easy-to-make, these granola bars provide protein, fiber and healthy fats in every serving to keep you satisfied between meals.
Homemade granola bars are versatile so you can swap out any of the ingredients with your favorite nuts, seeds and dried fruits. To accommodate grain-free diets, I used gluten-free rolled oats, which are a plentiful source of fiber to support digestive health and help you stay full longer. Pistachios, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds lend a delicious crunch, and provide a great source of protein and monounsaturated fats.
I tossed dried tart cherries into the mix for a powerful boost of health benefits. Research suggests that the antioxidants found in tart cherries can lower inflammation levels associated with heart disease and diabetes. They also help reduce muscle inflammation and soreness after a workout, so these granola bars are a great snack to bring along to the gym. Tart cherries are a natural food source of melatonin, which controls the body’s sleep-wake cycle. Snacking on tart cherries during the day can help you sleep better at night.
For more heart-healthy nutrients, I added walnuts and flaxseed meal. Both of these foods are an excellent source of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s have been shown to reduce harmful cholesterol levels and improve arterial function. I used ground flaxseed, but you can also use whole flaxseeds and grind them yourself prior to adding them to the mix. Ground flaxseed is easy for your body to digest and make use of the seed’s rich nutrients.
These bars are already a great source of protein, but you can add more using any protein powder of your choice. Just make sure you increase the applesauce by one tablespoon for each scoop of protein you use. My husband eats a lot of protein bars during the week, and ever since I started making these homemade variations, he doesn’t want to go back to the store-bought kind. The combination of complex carbohydrates and protein in these no-bake granola bars makes them an ideal post-workout snack.
If you haven’t made your own granola bars before, I encourage you to give it a try. You can even double the batch and freeze half for later. They will last up to three months in the freezer if you individually wrap them. My family really enjoys homemade granola bars for breakfast, and they’re always a time-saver during busy mornings. I hope you enjoy my no-bake granola bars recipe as a healthy start to your day!
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This recipe was developed and photographed exclusively for Nuts.com by Miryam Quinn Doblas, RD, of Eat Good 4 Life.