Nut Free Granola Bars

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Nut Free Granola Bars-easy homemade granola bars that are nut free, which makes them the perfect school snack and great for anyone with nut allergies. The bars are chewy, sweet, and SO delicious!

Nut-Free Granola Bars Recipe

I love making homemade granola bars because they are easy to make and taste so much better than store bought. Most granola bar recipes have nuts or nut butter, including my favorite recipe. The only problem? A lot of schools, day cares, and camps don’t allow nuts because of nut allergies so I created a Nut Free Granola Bar recipe that is safe to pack for snacks and lunches.

The granola bars are chewy, sweet, and easy to make. This is a no-bake granola bar recipe, so you don’t even have to turn on the oven! You can whip up a batch in no time!

They make a great breakfast on the go, healthy snack, or even dessert! I love keeping them in the fridge so we can grab a bar anytime of the day. They are a family favorite!

Nut-Free Granola Bar Ingredients

Nut Free Granola Bar Ingredients

The ingredients are simple and I always have them in my pantry.

  • Coconut– I use unsweetened flaked coconut, but sweetened will work too, it will just be sweeter, obviously!:) FYI-coconut is a drupe fruit, not a true tree nut and doesn’t contain nut proteins, but always check with your doctor to make sure you aren’t allergic if you are not sure.
  • Oats– old-fashioned or quick oats will work. If you need the bars to be gluten-free make sure you use gluten-free oats.
  • Pepitas– pepitas are pumpkin seeds and not a nut so I like to add them for a little crunch.
  • Cinnamon– cinnamon is so good in granola bars!
  • Sea salt– salt balances out the sweetness!
  • Honey– The honey sweetens the bars and helps the mixture stick together.
  • Brown Sugar– you only need 2 tablespoons.
  • Coconut oil– measure the coconut oil in solid form.
  • Vanilla extract– just a splash!
  • Dried fruit– you can use raisins, golden raisins, dried cranberries, dried cherries, or even dried blueberries. I usually use cranberries or raisins because that is what my boys like.
  • Mini chocolate chips– I like to use Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips. They are are gluten free, wheat free, peanut free, dairy free, tree nut free, soy free, casein free, sulfite free and egg free. Of course, you can leave the chocolate chips out, or use less, but I love me some chocolate:)
Homemade Nut-Free Granola Bars

How to Make Nut Free Granola Bars

No-bake granola bars are the best because they are SO easy! Even the kids can help make them!

  • Line an 8×8-inch pan with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray. The parchment paper will make it easier to get the bars out of the pan.
  • I like to toast the coconut to bring out the best flavor. You can skip this step, but toasted coconut is the best:) Place the coconut in a small skillet and cook over medium low heat, stirring occasionally, until light brown and toasted. This won’t take long, don’t walk away!
  • In a large bowl, combine the toasted coconut, oats, pepitas, cinnamon, and sea salt.
  • In a small skillet, combine the honey, coconut oil, and brown sugar. Cook over medium heat until the coconut oil is melted, and the mixture starts to bubble. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  • Pour the mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until the mixture is moistened. Let sit for about 5 minutes so the mixture can cool a little before adding the chocolate chips.
  • Stir in the raisins or dried cranberries and ¼ cup mini chocolate chips.
  • Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan. Use a spatula to evenly spread the mixture into the pan. Firmly press the mixture into the pan with your clean hands. You can dampen your fingertips or lightly spray them with cooking spray, so it isn’t too sticky. You really want to press the mixture firmly, so the bars stay together. 
  • Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips over the top of the bars and gently press them into the top of the bars.
  • Cover the pan and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • When the bars are completely chilled, use the parchment paper to lift the bars out of the pan. Cut into bars or squares and enjoy!

How to Store

Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. If you are stacking the granola bars place a piece of parchment between the layers to prevent them from sticking together.

You can also freeze the granola bars for up to 3 months in a freezer bag or freezer container.

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Nut Free Granola Bars

Easy homemade granola bars that are nut free, which makes them the perfect school snack! The bars are chewy, sweet, and SO delicious!
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Instructions
 

  • Line an 8×8-inch pan with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Place the coconut in a small skillet and cook over medium low heat, stirring occasionally, until light brown and toasted. Watch it closely so it doesn't burn.
  • In a large bowl, combine the coconut, oats, pepitas, cinnamon, and sea salt.
  • In a small skillet, combine the honey, coconut oil, and brown sugar. Cook over medium heat until the coconut oil is melted, and the mixture starts to bubble. Remove from the heat and stiir in the vanilla extract.
  • Pour the mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until the mixture is moistened. Let sit for about 5 minutes. Stir in the raisins or dried cranberries and ¼ cup mini chocolate chips.
  • Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan. Use a spatula to evenly spread the mixture into the pan. Firmly press the mixture into the pan with your clean hands. You can dampen your fingertips or lightly spray them with cooking spray, so it isn’t too sticky. You really want to press the mixture firmly, so the bars stay together.
  • Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips over the top of the bars and gently press them into the top of the bars.
  • Cover the pan and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. When the bars are completely chilled, use the parchment paper to lift the bars out of the pan. Cut into bars or squares and enjoy!

Notes

Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. If you are stacking the granola bars place a piece of parchment between the layers to prevent them from sticking together.

Nutrition

Calories: 202kcal, Carbohydrates: 29g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 104mg, Potassium: 148mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 9IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 19mg, Iron: 1mg
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  1. 4 stars
    Just made these granola bars, and they are great! I would definitely leave out the brown sugar next time. The honey adds plenty of sugar to these bars.
    Will be making these again!
    Thank you<
    Jennifer

  2. 4 stars
    Made these for a healthy kids event at our YMCA. They came out great. I wanted to comment that the recipe was not clear. It said that the prep time was 15 minutes. It is actually 2 hours and 20 minutes. Otherwise, it worked great.

  3. 5 stars
    If I could give this recipe 10 stars I would. I made these when I wanted a quick snack and have been making them about every 2 weeks since. Definitely a keeper. I live in a country where peanut butter is very expensive, so peanut butter based bars would not work for me. Thank you so much for this recipe!

    1. That’s not correct, I have a peanut and tree nut allergy and am not allergic to coconut.

  4. 5 stars
    These are great! My 8 year old daughter loves them. Her school has a nut-free snack policy and most options at the store are so sugary so I came across these. Super easy to make and delicious!

  5. 5 stars
    Love these except I made them for a school project tommorrow morning and they don’t want to stay together in kind of in a panic any idea how to make them stay together without remaking them thanks.

  6. 5 stars
    SO EASY and SO delicious! I added 2 heaping tablespoons of Tahini to the Coconut Oil/Honey mix. It really helped it to emulsify beautifully and gave it a gorgeous flavour. I also swapped cardamom in for the cinnamon. I couldn’t find any dried berries that didn’t have added sulfites or seed oils, so I skipped those.

    These were quick to whip up and even with every ingredient being organic these still work out to way less than what Organic granola bars cost in the store.

  7. 3 stars
    bars remained crumbly even after being kept in the fridge overnight, and would crumble as soon as they were picked up. quite sweet, substituted cranberries for goji berries, but still a nice easy recipe

  8. 5 stars
    We make these once week and love them! I will say that they don’t hold together for us very well unless we mix the ingredients together before the mixture has cooled. The chocolate then melts and holds them together better!