It’s about time we got some granola bars in our lives.
I always have a ton of recipes in my backlog of things to cook, and granola bars have been on them for a few weeks. I made a similar one with quinoa here, but wanted to try something new. I mashed up a few recipes I saw, including this baked one and this chewy one, but made them my own because I wanted to use the tahini and hemp seeds I had on hand! The whole no bake thing also sounded good, and fast, so I went that route. And because I didn’t have chocolate chips (sad, unheard of), I went with a DRIZZLE!
No bake granola bars or balls are pretty straightforward to make. You start with your dry ingredients –
Then mix away.
Melt your wet ingredients (tahini or nut butter, maple or honey, vanilla) like so (that swirl!)
Mix this in with the dry ingredients until well combined. It will look a bit crumbly like the picture below, but once you press the mixture into a pan tightly, it will come together.
Once you’ve pressed the oat mixture, you can TOP IT!! You’ll see that I drizzled chocolate on top – totally recommend! Chocolate chips inside would be even better 🙂 The drizzle was a good compromise with my husband, who doesn’t like chocolate quiiiiite as much as me. Just mix it all up – press into pan – drizzle – fridge it – then…
Cut into bars!
And then enjoy all week 🙂
- 1 and ½ cups rolled oats
- ¼ cup hemp seeds
- ¼ cup finely shredded coconut
- ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
- 3 Tablespoons nuts (I used sliced almonds)
- 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 Tablespoons ground flax seeds
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup tahini
- ¼ cup maple syrup (1/3 cup for sweeter bars)
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Line a 9-inch square pan with parchment paper. In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients (oats, hemp seeds, coconut, nuts, chia seeds, flax seeds, cinnamon, salt and chocolate chips if using).
- Heat a small saucepan over medium low heat and add in wet ingredients (maple syrup, tahini, coconut oil, and vanilla). Stir until everything is melted and combine.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry mixture and stir, stir, stir until coated. It may not seem like enough at first but will come together nicely.
- Transfer the granola mix to the pan and spread evenly until the pan is filled. Press down firmly to pack in the bars - this will make sure that they stick together. I used the top of a lid to pat them down firmly. Once they are flat, you can drizzle them with melted chocolate*.
- Place the pan in the fridge for 1-2 hours to firm up. Once firm, cut into even squares or thin bars. These should keep nicely in the fridge for a week or so - I like to wrap them individually and bring as snacks!
You could leave out any of the seeds if you don't have them on hand - the oats, maple, and tahini are the main ingredients! You can add other chopped nuts if you like in place of them.
If you try these out, or any other variations, let me know how they turn out! Bon appetit.