Vegan Granola Bars are one of the simplest allergy-friendly snacks you can make, but don't let the simplicity of this recipe make you think they're just basic granola bars, because they're anything but basic.
So what makes this recipe for vegan granola bars not basic?
Well, they're gluten-free, nut-free (if you choose), and can be as nutritious as you want them to be since you control what the add-ins will be.
They're a regular on my homemade allergy-friendly school snack rotation, and I think the reason for their popularity (other than being so tasty!) is that they're different every single time I make them.
As mentioned, you control the add-ins that will make your bars unique. So if you want to use all nuts, go for it! All dried fruit? Sure! A mix of the two? No problem.
The combination possibilities are endless. Every time you make these bars, the end result can be different. But always just as delicious.
In the bars pictured here, I used dark chocolate chips, shredded unsweetened coconut, raisins, and cranberries for my add-ins.
What are some add-in I can ad to my vegan granola bars?
Here are some add-in ideas:
- slivered almonds
- dark chocolate chips
- dried cranberries
- chopped dried apricots
- chopped dried cherries
- shredded unsweetened coconut
- hemp hearts
- chia seeds
- sunflower seeds
And those are just a few examples. Whatever you do choose to add in, just make sure the combination equals one cup.
In addition to the add-ins, the recipe includes spices as well as maple syrup, brown rice syrup, and coconut oil as the wet ingredients to sweeten things up a bit and to make everything stick together nicely. (If you aren't familiar with brown rice syrup, read this to learn more about it.)
Because my kids' school is a nut-free school, I save the nut versions for at-home snacks, and the nut-free versions become school snacks.
Once you make a batch of these bars and you see how easy they are (and how fast they're devoured!), I'm pretty sure you'll never got back to buying granola bars at the grocery store again.
Oh, and they're called "bars," but you can cut them into squares like I did in the pictures, if you'd like. It doesn't make any difference to the finished recipe 🙂
If you make these vegan granola bars, tell me in the comments what add-ins you used!
Even better, tag me on Instagram and use the hashtag #delightfuladventures (I'm @delightfuladventures over there!) with a picture of your creation, I'd love to see what you came up with!
If you're looking for more allergy-friendly school snack ideas, check these out:
- Bite-Size Brownies
- Easy Kale Chips
- Slow Cooker Applesauce
- Old Fashioned Cake Doughnut Mini Muffins
- Vegan Chocolate Banana Bread
- 35 Delicious Vegan Gluten-Free School Snack Recipes
Vegan Granola Bars (Gluten-Free)
- 1 cup rolled oats (not instant, gluten-free if needed)
- ⅓ cup oat flour
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons whole flax seeds
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup of any combination of add-ins (see suggestions above)
- ¼ cup melted coconut oil
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons brown rice syrup
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- Line an 8” square baking dish with parchment paper. Let a bit of excess paper hang over the sides to serve as handles.
- Add the oats, oat flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, whole flax seeds, ground flax seeds, salt, and add-ins.
- In a smaller bowl, whisk together the melted coconut oil, maple syrup, and brown rice syrup.
- Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix well until all the dry ingredients have been coated.
- Put the mixture in the prepared pan, pat down and smooth out the top with a rubber spatula.
- Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for about 15 minutes.
- Using parchment paper handles, remove and place onto a cutting board.
- Cut into 12 bars or squares. Fully cool off and store in an airtight container.
- See above for some add-in suggestions. Whatever combo you choose, make sure it all adds up to 1 cup.
- Nutrition info is for 1 of 12 bars with ¼ cup each of: dark chocolate chips, shredded unsweetened coconut, raisins, and dried cranberries. Nutrition info will vary depending on the add-ins you use. Click to learn how calorie counts are calculated on this website.
This Vegan Granola Bars recipe was originally published on February 3, 2015. Images were updated February 2018.