Make your own healthy snack bars at home in just a few minutes. No baking required. Easily customizable. No crappy ingredients + no wasteful packaging. Gluten free with vegan + nut free options.
Perusing the snack bar aisle at my local health food store, I see excess packaging, questionable ingredients, and expensive price tags.
So I like to make my own.
This week, I’m sharing a simple, no bake recipe for healthy snack bars loaded with dried fruit and seeds. So good!
What’s in healthy snack bars?
Just a few simple pantry ingredients.
❤️ gluten free oats (I like THIS sprouted brand)
❤️ honey or maple syrup (use maple syrup for vegan)
❤️ dried fruit (like apricots, raisins, cranberries, dates, figs, etc.)
The best thing about these bars is that they are like a snack bar chameleon. Super versatile. You can add in whatever makes you happy .
Other optional add-ins could be:
- mini chocolate chips
- unsweetened shredded coconut
- chopped nuts
NOTE: Soaked and sprouted grains, nuts, and seeds are always my preference if possible. This helps with better digestion.
How to make healthy snack bars
Step 1: mix together oats + salt
Step 2: melt together nut butter and honey/maple syrup
Step 3: add oats to wet mixture and stir until well combined.
Step 4: fold in seeds + dried fruit (and any other optional add-ins)
Step 5: press mixture into 8×8 baking pan + place in fridge to set
Step 6: cut into desired sized bars + enjoy
What do they taste like?
These bars are not your traditional crispy granola bar. The texture is soft + chewy with just the right amount of sweetness. The flavor depends on the nut or seed butter you use and also the add-ins you choose.
We like them best cold out of the freezer, but they can absolutely be packed in a school lunch box. The texture will just be a bit softer.
How to store health snack bars
Store these yummy bars in the fridge, covered for up to a week.
We like to freeze them in a single layer then store them in reusable silicone bags. I use parchment paper in between the layer.
happy back to school, my sweet friend! ❤️
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Soft + chewy homemade snack bars. No baking required. Easily customizable. No crappy ingredients + no wasteful packaging. Gluten free with vegan + nut free options.
- 1 and 1/2 cup gluten free oats (I like THIS sprouted brand)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup nut butter (or sunflower butter or tahini for nut free option)
- 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey (use maple syrup for vegan)
- 3 tbsp seeds (like pumpkin, sesame, chia, flax, or sunflower)
- 3–4 tbsp chopped dried fruit (like apricots, raisins, cranberries, dates, figs, etc.)
- optional add-ins: mini chocolate chips, unsweetened shredded coconut, or chopped nuts
- Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper.
- In a small bowl, combine oats + salt. Set aside.
- In a double boiler (I use a small glass bowl over a pot of water), gently melt together nut butter + sweetener of choice. Do not over heat. Remove from heat.
- Add oats to wet mixture + mix until well incorporated. Fold in seeds + chopped dried fruit, adding in an extra add-ins. Mix again. For my salt lovers, adjust for salt.
- Press mixture evenly + firmly into prepared baking pan. Place in fridge to set for at least 2 hours.
- Cut into desired sized bars + enjoy. Store covered in fridge for up to a week or freeze for later.
Soaked and sprouted grains, nuts, and seeds are always my preference if possible. This helps with better digestion.
Chopping your dried fruit and larger add-in helps to keep the bars together and gives a nice texture.
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