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Easy Nut-Free Granola Bars

Make nut-free granola bars in just 25 minutes following this quick and easy recipe. Packed with oats, raisins, and a mix of seeds, these homemade muesli bars make the wholesome perfect snack – ideal for lunch boxes, picnics, or a convenient on-the-go energy bar.

Two nut-free muesli bars on baking paper and a wooden board.
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Why you’ll love these granola bars recipe

  • Save money: These soft and chewy oaty granola bars are a great alternative to store-bought granola bars.
  • Meal-prep friendly: You can easily meal-prep them and adjust the ingredients to suit your taste and dietary requirements.
  • Nut-free snack: Just like my wholemeal muffins, they’re nut-free and make a delicious school snack if the school has food allergies guidelines. They’re a firm staple in my kids’ school lunches!

Ingredients

You’ll need a variety of wholesome ingredients to put these nut-free snack bars together:

  • Butter: You can use unsalted or salted butter for this recipe. If using salted simply omit the pinch of seas salt. Alternatively, you can substitute the butter with coconut oil.
  • Sugar: I love the rich flavor and color of brown sugar gives this muesli slice but it also works with castor or granulated sugar.
  • Honey: Honey provides flavor and extra sweetness for this recipe and helps bind the ingredients together. I use runny clover honey but you choose whatever flavor honey you prefer. You can also use agave or maple syrup, stevia, or sugar.
  • Oats: Rolled, scotch, quick oats all work well for this recipe.
  • Flour & baking powder: I use all-purpose flour to help bind all ingredients together and the baking powder ensures the slice or bars won’t be too dense. You can also use white spelt flour.
  • Free-range eggs: Again, eggs will help bind all dry ingredients.
  • Vanilla & cinnamon: I love the cookie dough flavors this combination brings but you can also omit these.

Variations

  • Chocolate: Add some milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips to the mix for some extra sweetness.
  • Rice krispies: Substitute some of the dry ingredients with rice krispies for some extra crunch.
  • Dried fruit: You can easily substitute the raisins with sultanas or other dried fruit of your choice to match your taste. Chopped apricots, dates, and currants are good alternatives.
  • Seeds: As long as the overall seed volume remains the same you can substitute them with seeds of your choice except for chia seeds as they will absorb too much liquid. Add a tablespoon of sunflower seed butter for some extra texture. Ground flax seed or whole flax seeds can be incorporated as well.
  • Nuts: You can easily replace all or some of the seeds with finely chopped nuts. Almonds, cashews, and macadamia work well. Add a tablespoon of peanut butter for some extra flavor.

Serving

Once fully cooled, you can drizzle the granola bars with melted chocolate if you are after some extra indulgence. Simply slice it into squares or bars with a sharp knife once fully cooled down and enjoy these nut-free bars as a morning snack or afternoon snack.

FAQ

How do you store homemade muesli bars?

Homemade granola bars store well in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Can you freeze muesli bars?

Yes, you can store them in a freezer-proof container in the freezer for up to 3 months. I suggest cutting it into squares or bars prior so you can thaw individual servings by defrosting them for 4 hours at room temperature.

Why are my granola bars not sticking together?

Make sure you follow the measurements closely as the ratio of wet to dry ingredients is important for the bars to hold their shape. Thoroughly dissolve the honey, butter, and brown sugar before adding them to the dry ingredients.

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Five nut-free muesli bars on baking paper and a wooden board.

Nut-Free Granola Bars

Caro Jensen
Quick, nut-free, and delicious. These easy nut-free granola bars tick all the boxes and makes the perfect lunch box treat or on-the-go snack.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Snacks
Cuisine American
Servings 24 bars
Calories 328 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/8 cup sesame seeds

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350F/180F.
  • Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Remove from the heat and add brown sugar, honey, and vanilla extract. Keep stirring until they are fully dissolved and set aside.
    1/2 cup unsalted butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 2 tbsp honey, 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
    2 cups rolled oats, 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1 pinch sea salt, 1/2 cup raisins, 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, 1/8 cup sesame seeds
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and roughly combine.
  • Whisk the eggs in a separate bowl and add them to the mixture. Thoroughly combine all ingredients.
    2 eggs
  • Line a 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper and add the mixture. Spread it evenly and make sure all corners are well covered.
  • Bake granola bars for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
  • Let it fully cool down on a cookie rack before slicing it into squares or bars. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 328kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 6gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 75mgPotassium: 224mgFiber: 3gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 371IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 83mgIron: 2mg
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