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Vegan Granola Bars

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These delicious vegan granola bars are made with wholesome ingredients like oats, almond butter, and maple syrup. They’re super quick and easy to make, and perfect for packing in school or work lunches, or for an easy grab and go breakfast or snack.

Granola bars on parchment covered cutting board with almonds and cup of oats in background

One of the biggest challenges of following a plant-based diet is finding good, nutritious snack options. Most processed snack foods are full of oils, high fructose corn syrup, and lots of chemical ingredients.

Sure we can always grab a piece of fruit, some raw veggies, or some nuts, but when you’re wanting a little something more, these baked vegan granola bars are a perfect option.

In addition to being easy to make, they’re are full of healthy plant based ingredients, are gluten-free, and are naturally sweetened with maple syrup. They’re also easy to customize with your favorite healthy add-ins.

With beta glucan from the healthy oats (a soluble fiber that helps lower LDL cholesterol), plant based protein from the almond butter, and Omega 3 fatty acids from flax seeds, these bars are a perfect snack for any time of day!

The only downside to these bars is that they do crumble a little bit. But I’ve noticed this same issue with crunchy granola bars from the store, and the crumbles don’t take away from the deliciousness of this recipe.

Ingredients in these baked granola bars

Bowls of ingredients for granola bars
  • Rolled oats
  • Oat flour – you can substitute with other flour such as whole wheat flour, buckwheat flour,
  • Chopped almonds – or other nuts
  • Ground flax seed
  • Salt
  • Almond butter – or other nut or seed butter
  • Maple syrup – can be substituted with brown rice syrup, agave nectar, or honey (if you’re not vegan)
  • Vanilla

Variations

Closeup image of granola bars

Customize this recipe to make your favorite flavored granola bars by adding in up to a half cup of a mixture of your favorite nuts, seeds, dried fruit, or chocolate chips. You can also vary the flavor by using your favorite spices and extracts.

Some great add-ins are:

  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Walnuts
  • Pecans
  • Peanuts
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Coconut
  • Chopped dates
  • Raisins
  • Dried cranberries
  • Chopped dried apricots
  • Dried cherries
  • Dried apple
  • Mini vegan chocolate chips
  • Vegan white chocolate
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Orange zest

How to make homemade granola bars

In a medium sized bowl, mix together the rolled oats, oat flour, ground flax seed, almonds, and salt.

In a small bowl, combine the maple syrup, almond butter and vanilla.

Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until fully combined.

Line an 8 or 9 inch square baking pan with parchment paper.

Transfer the granola mixture into the pan, and press firmly. This is easiest to do by placing another piece of parchment on top of the granola and pressing down with a measuring cup or even your hands. The firmer it is pressed together, the better your granola bars will hold together.

Bake at 350° F for 20 to 25 minutes, until the edges are lightly brown.

Allow to cool completely.

For chocolate drizzle, place chocolate chips in a small bowl. Heat in the microwave for 15 seconds at a time, stirring between each heating, until the chocolate chips are melted. Drizzle over the cooled granola bars.

Cut into bars or squares and enjoy!

Granola bar being held in front of more granola bars on acutting board

Tips and tricks for making these baked vegan granola bars:

  • To make them gluten free, be sure to use gluten free oats.
  • For nut-free bars, use sunflower butter instead of the almond butter, and use seeds or other nut free add ins.
  • If the mixture seems too wet, add a bit more oats or flour.
  • Add a little more liquid sweetener or nut butter if the mixture is too dry.
  • Be sure to press the granola bar mixture as firmly as possible in the pan. You can do this with the bottom of a glass or measuring cup, and a spatula around the edges.
  • For easy removal from the pan, allow the parchment paper to hang over the edges just a bit.
  • Don’t go overboard on the add-ins or the bars will not hold together as well.
Granola bars sitting on parchment on top of a wooden curring board, almonds and cup of oats in background

How to store them

These granola bars will keep in an air tight container at room temperature for up to 4 days. You can also store them in the refrigerator for over a week.

They also freeze beautifully! Wrap the individual bars in parchment or plastic wrap, and then store place them in a Ziploc bag or air tight container. They will keep in the freezer for 2 to 3 months.

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5 from 2 votes

Vegan Granola Bars

These delicious vegan granola bars are made with oats, almond butter, and maple syrup. They're super quick and easy to make, and perfect for packing in school or work lunches, or for an easy grab and go breakfast or snack.
Course Baked Goods
Cuisine American
Keyword Almond, Granola, Oatmeal
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 246.8kcal
Author Teresa Sklenicka

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 4 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup chopped raw almonds
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips for drizzle

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to a 350° F.
  • In a medium sized bowl, mix together the rolled oats, oat flour, ground flax seed, almonds, and salt.
  • In a small bowl, combine the maple syrup, almond butter and vanilla.
  • Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until fully combined.
  • Line an 8 or 9 inch square baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Transfer the granola mixture into the pan, and press firmly. This is easiest to do by placing another piece of parchment on top of the granola and pressing down with a measuring cup or even your hands. The firmer it is pressed, the better your granola bars will hold together.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the edges are lightly brown.
  • Allow to cool completely.
  • For chocolate drizzle, place chocolate chips in a small bowl. Heat in the microwave for 15 seconds at a time, stirring between each heating, until the chocolate chips are melted. Drizzle over the cooled granola bars.
  • Cut into bars or squares and enjoy!

Notes

These bars do tend to crumble a little bit. But I’ve noticed this same issue with crunchy granola bars from the store, and the crumbles don’t take away from the deliciousness of the recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 246.8kcal | Carbohydrates: 30.3g | Protein: 6.5g | Fat: 12.1g | Sodium: 64.5mg | Fiber: 4.6g | Sugar: 13.8g | Vitamin A: 1.46IU | Calcium: 81.6mg | Iron: 1.8mg

Nutrition calculations are approximate.

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About Teresa Sklenicka

I love creating tasty, oil-free, vegan recipes that everyone will love (even non-vegans)! Here you'll find vegan versions of your favorite comfort foods, as well as some new tastes! Join me on a path to improving your health, helping the planet, and saving animals.

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