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Cool No-Bake Granola Bars

November 3, 2014

These granola bars are really cool. Why? Because we keep them chilled in the refrigerator , ha ha! No, no, they’re also just a really cool pick-me-up. Full of whole grains, nuts and dried fruit and held together with a very fun mix of things, including almond or peanut butter. And anything that looks like it’s been baked and isn’t is a cool thing.


whole grainstoast grains

toasting nutsadd nuts

dried fruit mix

dried fruit mix

My buddy Hanni, of Spots on Pots fame, recommended David Lebovitz’s version (click here for his version) when I made a batch of granola cookies. Her husband, AKA The Better Half, reported that they were too crumbly and liked David’s version better. I put that bit of info away in the back pocket of my brain until the right time. The right time happened along but his version calls for a cup of chopped and pitted dates  and I don’t always feel like chopping sticky dates. Also I want to eat them not chop them…

You basically toast the grains and the nuts and mix them up in a large bowl with the dried fruit. Then assemble the other ingredients, in this case, the almond butter, honey, brown rice syrup and applesauce and heat together in a small saucepan.


add wet mix to bowlincorporate into grains/nuts/fruit mixture

press mix into pan

cut  straight from the  pancut the granola bars straight from the pan…

… and when there are just a few left, toss them in a plastic container and keep them in the fridge. And keep they will, if you tuck them toward the back.

granola bars

Not good for a hike but excellent when you need a little something satisfying at home or as an after- school snack. Or take it to work if you have a fridge there. But be careful; they might walk off on you.

No-Bake Granola Bars

Cool No-Bake Granola Bars


1 1/2 c.rolled oats (old-fashioned NOT quick-cooking)
1/4 c.sesame seeds
1/4 c. whole millet
1/4 c. whole flax seeds
1/2 c. whole almonds, cut in half or sliced almonds
1/2 c. walnuts
1/3 c. applesauce
1/4 c. almond butter (OR creamy peanut butter)
2 T. honey
2 T. brown rice syrup
1/4 t. salt
1 1/2 c. dried fruit: a mix of raisins, currants or apricots or sour cherries, coarsely chopped


Line the bottom of an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 350°.

Spread oats, sesame seeds and flax seeds on a baking sheet and toast for 10 minutes, stirring once while they are baking, until slightly browned. Scrape them into a large bowl. Spread the almonds and walnuts on baking sheet and toast for eight minutes. Let cool then coarsely chop walnuts and almonds (if whole) and add to the outs in a large bowl. Add dried fruit to the bowl.

Heat almond butter, honey, rice syrup and applesauce in a small sauce pan, stirring until warm but not boiling. Pour the liquid mixture over the solid items in the bowl and stir until it’s completely incorporated. You can use your hands to finish the activity or use a large wooden spoon. Transfer the mixture to the baking pan and pack it in, so it’s as flat as possible. Freeze the granola bars in the pan for 30 minutes.

Remove the pan from the freezer and run a knife around the edge to release the bars… keep the mixture out to remove the parchment paper and cut into rectangles. Another possibility is place the pan in the refrigerator and cut the bars directly from the pan as you need them.

No-Bake Granola Bars-PInt

bb ideas for more No-Bake Granola Bars:

Mash 1/2 c, blueberry puree and add 1/2 t. vanilla -delete the applesauce

Delete the honey and rice syrup and use 1/4 c. of maple syrup instead. Use half the nuts and add I/2 c. pepitas instead.

  1. hsimpsongrossman permalink

    Ha! Thanks for reminding me about them – haven’t made them in a while and will try your version (or one of your variations next time i do).
    Yours look so choowy, comforting and uritioning.
    And I’m so excited that you actually remember things I say!!

    • hsimpsongrossman permalink

      nourishing, of course..

      • Yes… nourishing 🙂 You got to it before Idid- I am, after all, a slow-poke! I was thinking about the recipe and date syrup could be used to replace the brown rice syrup, with maybe a little less. If you can find brown rice syrup, try it- I like using it.

  2. Arlene Rosenblatt permalink

    Do you think you could use Agave instead of brown rice syrup?

    • I was considering agave syrup! I think brown rice syrup is a little thicker- that’s why I decided on it. Let me know if you do try agave… thanks, Arlene!

  3. I have everything to make these except brown rice syrup… where do I get that. I really want to try these bars.

    • Get thee over to Whole Foods and ask someone if you don’t see it – I think it’s with the sweeteners. They have several varieties – grab whichever calls to you 🙂

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