25 September 2013

No-Bake Oat Bars or Baked Granola Bars (Raw & GF, depending on ingredients, etc.)

These are easy, healthy, and super-delicious.
  • 2-1/2c oats (I recommend porridge oats/rolled oats)
  • 1c sunflower seeds, pepitas (pumpkin seeds), or chopped nuts
  • 1/2c raisins
  • (shredded coconut)
  • 2/3c nut or seed butter (peanut butter, sunflower seed butter, tahini, whatever)
  • 1/4-1/2-ish c maple syrup or agave nectar or whatever (a runny jam would probably work, too)
Baked & Raw; I prefer raw, my kids prefer baked.
Mix all that stuff together.  If it's a bit too crumbly, add more nut butter or syrup or a little water or juice or something like that, but if you're adding liquid, I'd recommend adding no more than a tbsp at a time.  Spread it on a tray (1/2-3/4" thick) and chill for at least 4 hours (or freeze for 1-2 hours), before cutting.  I cut it into ~1" squares.
Bonus -- if you bake it (175°C/350°F for 30-40 minutes, basically until the top looks a nice golden brown), it turns into granola bars.  But make sure to slice it first, or else you end up with one giant granola bar.

If you are really lazy, just mix muesli with the nut butter and syrup, although I prefer the consistency of porridge oats in this because they are a little softer. 

The raw version is probably my favourite oar bar recipe ever, but feel free to share your favourite oat bar recipes because I love oats.

I could eat the whole tray!


  1. I like how simple these are...great recipe to make with my little nephew. The idea to use runny jam rocks! My favorite blueberry jam always gets really liquidy at the top...I definitely want to try pouring it off into the mix and making these blueberried bars. Thanks!

  2. What size pan do we press the bars into?

    1. It doesn't really matter -- I usually just smoosh mine onto a baking tray, but a 9"x13" rectangular casserole dish would work, too.