No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars (Nut-Free!)

Is it really back to school next week already!? 

I’m starting my one year internship Tuesday and saying that I’m nervous is an understatement. I’m hoping that after the first week, I’ll realize how unnecessary it was to worry about it all summer! Hah! 

Deep down, I know I’m a little excited. Doing an internship is definitely different than learning in a classroom and I know practice will help me become a better dietitian. I’m sure I’ll learn a lot about the job and about myself… Yes, that’s what I say when I’m trying to convince myself that it won’t be that bad. It’s not really working so far, so next week should be fun! *nervous laughter*

No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars (Nut-Free!) These granola bars are chewy, yet full of seeds to give them a crunch and a nutrition boost! Not to mention delicious and school friendly! :) - Unsweetened Caroline-3071-2

Anyway… With the first day of school right around the corner, I’m sure I’m not the only one thinking about stocking the freezer with meals and snacks to get through the busy weeks ahead?

My go-to freezer meals are veggie burgers and casseroles, but I also like to make a big batch of granola bars or energy bites for easy and healthy snacks. I know that’s not always easy with kids, since schools don’t allow peanuts and other nuts, so that’s why I decided to come up with a nut-free recipe! Schools allow seeds right!? I’m honestly not sure anymore, but if not, they make a great after school, pre-workout or hiking snack! 

Let me tell you, these are as good, if not better than any nut-filled granola bar I’ve ever made! They’re chewy, yet crunchy from all the seeds and perfectly sweetened with dates. Each serving has 5 grams each of protein and fiber, all under 200 calories. Trust me, they’ll keep you full for a few hours! Last but not least, they require no cooking! You only need to mix all the ingredients, press them in a baking dish and store them in the fridge or freezer. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

I hope these make back to school a little more exciting! πŸ™‚ 

No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars (Nut-Free!) These granola bars are chewy, yet full of seeds to give them a crunch and a nutrition boost! Not to mention delicious and school friendly! :) - Unsweetened Caroline

No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars (Nut Free!)
Serves 14
The perfect granola bars for back to school! They're chewy, yet crunchy from all the seeds and perfectly sweetened with dates. Each serving has 5 grams each of protein and fiber, all under 200 calories. Trust me, they'll keep you full for a few hours! The best part? They require no cooking! Perfect for a hiking or pre-workout snack or for an afternoon pick-me-up. Did I mention they're nut-free?
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Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups Medjool dates
  2. 2 teaspoons vanilla
  3. 1/4 cup sunflower seed butter
  4. 1 3/4 cup quick or rolled oats
  5. 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  6. 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  7. 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  8. 2 tablespoons cocoa nibs + 1 tablespoon for topping
  9. 1/4 cup flax seeds
  10. 1/4 cup pepitas + 1 tablespoon for topping
  11. 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  12. 2-3 tablespoons unsweetened chocolate (or dark chocolate)
  13. 1 teaspoon coconut oil (for melting)
Instructions
  1. Line a 9x9 inch dish with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor, blend dates, vanilla and sunflower seed butter until it forms a ball (about 1-2 minutes).
  3. Add oats and process until it makes a crumbly mixture (about 30 seconds).
  4. Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl or simply remove the blade from your food processor.
  5. Add all the remaining ingredients and mix them all together using your hands.
  6. Press the mixture evenly to the bottom of the prepared dish. Set in the fridge.
  7. Melt your chocolate with coconut oil. I melt it in a small bowl in the microwave for about a minute since it's a small portion. Use your preferred method.
  8. Drizzle on top of the bars. Let them set in the fridge or freezer for one hour before cutting (if you can wait that long!).
  9. Store in the fridge or freezer in an airtight container or bag.
Notes
  1. If your dates are dry, add one tablespoon or more of water while processing.
  2. You can replace any seed with another one if you don't have them all on hand!
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No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars (Nut-Free!) - Unsweetened Caroline

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Guy | 4th Sep 16

    I love the name “Unsweetened Caroline”. It’s quite clever, a funny play on Neil Diamond’s song “Sweet Caroline”! I don’t know where you find all the time and energy you put into your creations, it is most definitely something you love. I enjoy all your posts, but must admit (sadly) that I will be busy during the school season and may not be able to follow you as much as I would like. Keep up the great work Caroline!

    • Unsweetened Caroline | 7th Sep 16

      Thank you! Hopefully you’ll find a bit of time to read during the school year. πŸ˜‰

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