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Fruit and Nut Granola Bars


No-bake fruit and nut granola bars are an simple snack to meal prep for your work week! Made with pantry staples, and bursting with flavor thanks for the dried cranberries and blueberries!

Just like our double chocolate granola bars, and monster granola bars, these fruit and nut granola bars are a kid-friendly snack that is simple and fun – with just 10 minutes of prep work!

overhead view of fruit and nut granola bars with text below

No-bake fruit and nut granola bars are the great blend of crunchy, chewy, and lightly sweetened. Prep them ahead and store in the fridge for your afternoon snack cravings!

Best of all, these simple fruit and nut granola bars are a great alternative to packaged snacks, and they happen to taste way better than store-bought as well!

Reasons You’ll Love This Recipe

  • they are the great homemade treat to satisfy your sweet cravings
  • they are free from preservatives that packaged granola bars may contain
  • it’s no bake, and simple to prepare

Ingredient notes

  • honey – acts to bind as well as sweeten these bars. Maple syrup does not work in these bars, and other alternatives have not been tested.
  • coconut oil – also acts to bind; butter may work but has not been tested. Liquid oils may not be swapped.
  • rolled oats – may also be called ‘ancient fashioned’ or ‘large flake’ oats; do not use fast oats or steel cut oats for this recipe.
  • nuts – we’re using almonds and pecans, but you could swap for your favourite nuts such as walnuts, pistachios, or peanuts
  • fruit – dried cranberries and blueberries add a burst of juicy flavor and chewy texture. We have found that cranberries and blueberries are the ideal size (not too large so as to cause the bars to crumble apart). You could swap for any other finely chopped dried fruit (ensure that is chopped finely) such as dried apricots or dried tart cherries

Step by step directions

Place a pot on a kitchen scale and weigh out* the honey and coconut oil. If you are making a variety with nut butter, add it in too.

Bring the pot to a simmer, and when it looks like it does in the image above (lots of bubbles), commence a timer. Cook for exactly 1 minute, then remove the pot from the heat.

*Alternativelyyou can use measuring cups, but weighing the pot helps avoid the extra dishes

When time is up, remove from heat and stir in the vanilla, salt, and cocoa powder. Let it cool down for 10-15 minutes.

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While the pot is cooling, prepare a 9×9 inch baking dish with parchment paper (I secure mine with binder clips).

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After the mixture has cooled for 10-15 minutes, stir in the oats and chocolate chips until evenly coated. Use a spatula to mix it in evenly. The chocolate chips might melt, but that’s OK- it helps hold the bars together.

Press the granola bar mixture into the pan – HARD. You want to do multiple rounds with your spatula. You can also pop it in the fridge for 5 minutes, and do a second round of pressing. This is key to avoid bars from crumbling. Scatter a few extra chocolate chips into the top of the bars and press them in gently.

💡 TIP – Spray a spatula with oil and press down into the pan. Press firmly (I go through and press 2-3 times, spraying spatula again as needed).

Cool in the fridge for 4 hours- overnight (overnight is top!), before slicing into bars.


FAQ

Can I make them vegan?

This recipe was tested (unsuccessfully) with maple syrup – the result was very crumbly granola bars, as the honey helps to bind everything together.

Can I omit the coconut oil?

This recipe has not been tested with butter, however, I have seen some homemade granola bar recipes that use butter…so it could be worth a try! If you try this, would you let us cognize in the comments how they turn out?

How do you obtain the granola bars to stick together?

For this recipe, the honey and coconut oil work together to bind the bars together.

Other important steps to getting them to stick together: simmer the honey and coconut oil for exactly one minute, do not over-measure the dry ingredients, press the bars firmly into the pan, multiple times, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before cutting.

How do you keep homemade granola bars from falling apart?

Other than the answers above, storing these bars in the fridge is key to keeping them from falling apart. As the coconut oil and honey soften, so do the bars.

These fruit and nut granola bars MUST be stored in the fridge, otherwise, they become too soft and will crumble.

  • fridge – stored in an airtight container, they are good for 1 week in the fridge.
  • freezer – wrap loosely in parchment paper, and place in a meal prep container or sturdy freezer bag. They can be frozen for up to 3 months.

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No-bake fruit and nut granola bars are an simple snack to meal prep for your work week! Made with pantry staples, and bursting with flavor thanks for the dried cranberries and blueberries!

  1. Maple syrup may not be substituted. Other sweeteners have not been tested.
  2. Refined coconut oil recommended for a less coconut-prominent flavor.
  3. Also called ‘large flake’ or ‘ancient fashioned’. Quick oats or steel cut oats will not work in this recipe.
  4. Make sure to take the time to simmer the mixture for 1 minute! This is extremely important in helping the bars stick together.
  5. If the bars are too warm to press down thoroughly, place in the fridge for 10 minutes, then press them down a second time.

Storage These granola bars MUST be stored in the fridge, otherwise, they become too soft and will crumble.

  • fridge – stored in an airtight container, they are good for 1 week in the fridge.
  • freezer – wrap loosely in parchment paper, and place in a meal prep container or sturdy freezer bag. They can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Serving: 1bar, Calories: 296kcal, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 1g, Sodium: 11mg, Potassium: 211mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin A: 1IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 60mg, Iron: 2mg




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