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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Easy No Bake Dairy Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola Bars

You will be amazed at how easy it is to make granola bars. These delicious bars are perfect for breakfast and after-school snacks.

 Granola bars are delicious and make for great healthy snacks. Most people buy packaged granola bars at the store for convenience and think that they are healthy. Most store-bought granola bars are loaded with sugar and unhealthy ingredients so they can be similar to eating a candy bar. The granola bars that do contain nutritious ingredients are usually expensive. 

 Homemade granola bars are easy to make and can save you money. A few simple ingredients are all it takes to make delicious granola bars at home. When you make your own granola bars, you can control the amount of sugar. You can also mix in your favorite granola bar ingredients. If you have food allergies you can omit certain ingredients or use ingredient substitutions.

Ingredients Needed For Homemade Granola Bars 

+ Oatmeal
+ Peanut Butter or Your Favorite Nut Butter
+ Coconut Oil
+ Maple Syrup 
+ Salt
+ Vanilla Extract
+ Chocolate Chips
+ Sunflower Seeds or Your Favorite Nut
+ Optional Add-In Ingredients

 My family loves granola bars. My boys love to pack granola bars in their school lunches and also eat them for after-school snacks. So we buy a lot of granola bars and that can be costly. The store-bought granola bars can also be high in sugar and have dairy in them. I hate when we go shopping and my boys offer me a granola bar and after reading the ingredient list, I discover that I can not enjoy a granola bar. The trouble is dairy is in so many foods. So I now make a lot of my food at home since discovering that dairy was the cause of my severe allergy and asthma symptoms. With a few simple changes, most of my favorite recipes can be made dairy-free. My favorite allergy-friendly recipe was the amazing chocolate pretzel pie that I made for the holidays. These delicious granola bars are made with plant-based ingredients that are also vegan. The granola bars are also gluten-free and could be made nut-free by swapping out the peanut butter with a nut-free spread like homemade sunflower seed butter. Check out my recipe for no-nut butter cookies which are allergy-friendly cookies.

Homemade Granola Bars Are

+ Healthy
+ Plant-Based
+ Loaded With Fiber
+ Make Great Snacks
+ Perfect for School Lunches
+ A Grab and Go Breakfast Option
+ Dairy-Free
+ Gluten-Free

Homemade granola bars taste amazing

 I decided to make some homemade granola bars for my kids. I found an easy recipe and loved that it was lower in sugar than the store-bought granola bars. I also love that I could use Viva Natural Coconut Oil in my dairy-free granola bars. Since I am all about nutrition, I added sunflower seeds to my delicious DIY granola bars for some added protein. Of course, I added chocolate to my recipe as everything tastes better with chocolate. I am so glad that Enjoy Life, an allergy-friendly company, makes yummy dairy-free and vegan chocolate chips. Using oatmeal as an ingredient makes the granola bars gluten-free. For those that have kids with peanut allergies, just use sunflower seed butter instead of peanut butter.

Healthy granola bars are great for snacks

Coconut oil makes the granola bars so good and healthy!

 You could omit the coconut oil in this recipe but I do not recommend it. Coconut oil not only gives it a great taste but it really helps the ingredients bind together so the granola bars are not crumbly. You mix in the coconut oil while it is melted but then the coconut oil goes back to a solid form after you place them in the fridge and that keeps all the tasty ingredients together. Viva Natural Coconut oil is vegan, paleo, keto, gluten-free, soy-free, non-GMO, and 100% raw! I love using coconut oil in my homemade granola recipe

Tip: place a sheet of wax paper over the granola bars for mess-free pressing

So easy to make

  These No-Bake Dairy-Free Peanut butter Chocolate Granola Bars were so easy to make and are so easy to pack in a lunch box. I just wrap them in wax paper and then store them in a container in the fridge. That way my boys can grab one for when they make their school lunch. These yummy granola bars will be perfect for my boys to bring to school for parties. I think the next batch that I make I will add some chia seeds or flax meal so they are superfood meal bars. You could even add pumpkin seeds.

Different add-in ingredients
+ pumpkin seeds
+ flax seeds
+ dried cranberries
+ chia seeds
+ dried dates
+ sliced almonds

Pin this recipe on Pinterest so you can make it later.

Easy No Bake Dairy Free Peanut butter Chocolate Granola Bars

Easy No Bake Dairy Free Peanut butter Chocolate Granola Bars
Yield: 12
A delicious healthy after school snack


  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1 cup peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds, optional


How to cook Easy No Bake Dairy Free Peanut butter Chocolate Granola Bars

  1. Combine the oatmeal, peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and melted coconut oil in a medium-size bowl. Stir until well combined. 
  2. Stir in chocolate chips and sunflower seeds.
  3. Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper, allowing the paper to fall over the edges. Press the oatmeal mixture into the pan.
  4. Place in the refrigerator for1 hour, or until firm. Remove paper from pan and then cut the large square in half. Then cut each half into 6 rectangles. Wrap bars individually with plastic wrap or wax paper and store in the refrigerator.
  5. Note: To make these granola bars healthier, add two tablespoons of chia seed, flaxseed, nuts, pumpkin seeds, or sunflower seeds. Just add 1 tablespoon more honey for each addition.
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  1. love how simple and easy these are. plus no-bake is always great in my book!

  2. I love no bake desserts or bites like these and the fact that it's this simple to make is also a plus.

  3. These look so good! I need to make a batch for breakfast. I'm sure I'd be a fan, as would my kids!


  4. This snack is tasty, but also healthy. Great to give to children in the afternoon or to take to school!

  5. I love this kind of healthy snacks, but I haven't had a chance to prepare such bars on my own. Can't wait to try them out!

  6. omg homemade granola bar! I am definitely trying to make these soon, super healthy.


  7. I love peanut butter and easy so this is right up my alley. Thanks for sharing

  8. The bar look super pretty and it look just like the one from the supermarket self. Love how peanut butter are added into this ingredient as I am into bodybuilding so peanut butter is good for us and must have daily ingredient.

  9. Yes, these No Bake Dairy Free Peanut butter Chocolate Granola Bars were so easy to make and looks healthy too. My niece will love these bars. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  10. These no bake chocolate granola bars are something that I can make and carry as quick snacks

  11. I always take store bought granola bars with me when playing golf. Not anymore though

  12. I love making my own recipes like this! These look so good and I bet I would eat them all too quickly.

  13. I love granola bars. Lately, I've been eating my granola bars with honey or vanilla cream and it's super yummy! Always one for breakfast!

  14. Peanut butter Chocolate Granola Bars looks so yum and this looks with high nutrition values!

  15. Oh my! This is so amazing! I really love to make my own! It looks so yummy and easy to do..

  16. That is perfect and delicious peanut butter granola bars My kids will love it.

  17. Two things I love about this post (besides your apron): 1. the no bake recip and 2. the use of coconut oil. Thanks for sharing Tara.

  18. Looks simple and healthy, I'm going to make it for sure.

  19. This looks soo good and its great healthy snack. I'll definitely try this one. Thanks for sharing.

  20. This is going to be the perfect edition to my sons lunch box! I prefer him having healthy snacks.

  21. Those look so yummy. Just like the ones from the store only better!

  22. These look so good. I have always wanted to make my own granola bars. I'll be saving this so I can make them later. Chocolate chip peanut butter ones are my favorite too.

  23. These look delicious! My family and I would love these, and have to try out this recipe.

  24. Wow! This looks absolutely delicious and tasty! I’m surely going to try this awesome recipe!

  25. Yum! I love granola bars and had no idea that they were so easy to make. I'll have to give this recipe a try soon,.

  26. These look like fantastic, healthy no-bake treats and I'd love to give them a try!

  27. These sound great. They sound like they'd be a good breakfast option.

  28. These sound amazing, but can you use something other than coconut oil? My husband is allergic to it.

  29. I am sure this will be my new favorite treat! Must make it!


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