Oatmeal Breakfast Bars (Vegan) are healthy snacks that can be eaten on the go. They’re chewy and delicious, and they only take 25 minutes to make with a few simple ingredients!

 

I’m always looking for healthy snacks they can nibble on during our outings. Granola bars are so convenient because they’re travel-ready, and they’re a pretty good source of energy between meals.

The Granola Bar is a popular breakfast treat. It is also a versatile snack that can be eaten throughout the day. The primary ingredients of this snack are oats and nuts. These ingredients make the granola bar a great source of nutrition, as they are both healthy foods that are high in protein and nutrients.

There are many different varieties of granola bars. This article will focus on the basic recipe for a granola bar with step-by-step instructions on how to make it.

The first step to making a granola bar is to choose the type of oats that you would like to use. The most common types of oats used in granola bars are rolled oats and steel-cut oats. Rolled oats have been rolled into flakes and are more easily digested by the body than steel-cut oats. Steel-cut oats have not been steamed or flattened, so they take longer to cook and have a chewier texture than rolled oats do. After choosing your type of oat, combine it with other ingredients, let it bake, and enjoy.

Granola is often eaten in combination with fresh fruit (such as strawberries or bananas), yogurt, honey, and almonds but can be consumed on its own as well. It can be found in many health-food stores and supermarkets.

Scroll down for the detailed recipe, but I suggest reading the complete article for useful tips and suggestions if you want to make a perfect recipe every time.

Also check out, Easy Granola recipe and Vegan Eggnog French Toast.

Are Granola Bars Healthy?

Granola bar nutritional value varies widely based on the ingredients used. Granola bars have an oat basis and are made out of a variety of ingredients such as almonds, coconut, chocolate chips, fruits, and so on. Granola bars are available in baked or unbaked varieties and are frequently used for breakfast or as a snack throughout the day. Granola bars are often regarded as healthy snacks, but it is critical to understand what type of granola bar you are eating. A granola bar’s ingredients might range from all-natural and healthful to loaded with sugars and artificial ingredients. If you have eaten store-bought granola bars before, it’s possible you didn’t even notice how much sugar is added to them.

When purchasing or eating granola bars, keep the following things in mind:

  • Look at the list of ingredients to see what’s in it. Ingredients are usually listed by weight; thus, the first items listed are the ones with the most quantity, and so on. The majority of the ingredients should be ones you are familiar with and comfortable with.
  • In line with the previous statement, a large number of artificial additives and preservatives may extend the shelf life of food but offer no nutritional value. As a result, choose products that are devoid of these additives.
  • Many granola bars are high in processed flours and sugars, which increase calorie intake but not nutrients. So pick ones with natural sweeteners (like honey) and extra nutrients like nuts and seeds.
  • Check the nutritional statistics on the label to see if the granola bar is high in protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

My granola bar recipe is, however, very healthy as it is made with healthy ingredients such as:

Rolled oats: Oats are one of the world’s most nutritious grains. They are, in fact, gluten-free whole grains that are high in vitamins, minerals,   antioxidants, and fiber. According to research, oats and oatmeal provide numerous health advantages. These benefits include improved blood sugar level, weight loss, and a decreased risk of developing heart disease.

Dates: Dates are delicious and healthy fruit to eat. They are high in a variety of nutrients, fiber, and antioxidants, which may provide a variety of health advantages ranging from better digestion to a decreased risk of disease.

Peanut butter: Peanut butter has a range of nutrients, but it also contains a lot of calories and fat. Peanut butter’s healthful fats are good for you, but you should limit your intake if you want to avoid weight gain or other health issues.

Maple syrup: Aside from its natural caramel sweetness, there’s another reason to use maple syrup: it’s actually healthy. Yes, pure maple syrup is abundant in antioxidants, but it also contains minerals such as riboflavin, zinc, magnesium, calcium, and potassium in every spoonful. As a result, it offers more minerals and antioxidants than honey, according to Helen Thomas (a member of the New York State Maple Association).

Raisins: Raisins, despite their diminutive size, are a powerhouse of nutrients thanks to their high fiber, vitamin, and mineral content. Raisins are naturally sweet rich in calories and sugar, but they are beneficial to your health when eaten in moderation. Raisins can actually help with iron absorption, digestion, and bone health.

Almonds: Almonds are an excellent source of essential nutrients for the body, including dietary fiber, magnesium, and vitamin E. Almonds are a nutrient-dense and satisfying snack in a single serving. Almonds are high in calcium and phosphorus, which help strengthen bones and prevent fractures.

How To Make Oatmeal Breakfast Bars (Vegan)?

These Granola Bars are incredibly easy and simple to prepare, as I stated above. You’ll require the following pantry ingredients and steps to follow:

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Add oats, dates, peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla in a food processor. Process until mixture is finely grounded and starts leaving the sides of the food processor bowl.
  3. Transfer the mixture into a large bowl and add dry fruits and almonds; mix well to combine.
  4. Press granola bar into a greased casserole pan.
  5. Baked granola bars for 25-30 minutes.
closeup of granola bar being processed

Variations Suggestions:

You can customize this recipe by adding your favorite nut, seed, or dried fruit to make in your own flavored granola bars. Use your favorite spices and extracts to change up the flavor.

The following are some excellent add-ons:

  • Sunflower seeds
  • Chia Seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Flax Seeds
  • Walnuts
  • Coconut
  • Pecans
  • Chocolate or Carob chips
  • Dried cranberries
  • Dried apple
  • Dried cherries
  • Chopped dried apricots
  • Orange zest
  • Cinnamon

You may substitute Agave or Coconut Nectar for the maple syrup. Brown Rice Syrup can also be used, but it is thicker and less sweet. It will, however, hold the bars securely.

granola bar in a white casserole pan

Recipe Notes:

  • Use a runny nut butter.

Look for natural peanut or cashew butter with a smooth consistency rather than the dry, stiff stuff at the bottom of a jar to make this recipe. If too dry or thick, your nut butter will not bind the oats, pitted dates, or nuts into cohesive bars. Use creamy nut butter rather than crunchy nut butter.

  • Using your hands, firmly and evenly press the mixture down.

Problems will arise as a result of air pockets. Use a strong, flat-bottomed jar to ensure that the mixture is completely pressed down. Using your hands, press down on the area to make sure nothing is trying to sneak around the edges or corners.

  • Allow for an hour of resting time before using the mixture.

The oats will absorb the moisture from the butter and sweetener over time. Therefore, before slicing, let the mixture chill for at least an hour (or up to a day).

  • Properly slice and store.

To slice these bars, use a sharp chef’s knife. I enjoy cutting them into squares. Another option is to cut them into bars. I believe the squares are more durable. Make sure the bars don’t stack on top of one another, or they’ll stick together. They can be stored flat, covered, or individually wrapped in parchment paper or plastic wrap.

  • Whether you bake or don’t bake, the choice is yours.

These granola bars are best baked for the delicious roasting flavor and added crunch, but they can also be eaten as a chewy no-bake snack. Simply place the granola mixture in the refrigerator for a few hours or until it is completely set. Then lift it out of the pan and cut it into bars. Also, keep them refrigerated because they will soften if left out at room temperature.

  • If your dates are moist and sticky.

If your dates are dry and slightly sticky, soak them for 15 minutes in water to hydrate them. This greatly aids in the adhesion of your bars.

  • Maple syrup, an excellent natural sweetener with deep and complex flavors, is used in this recipe for sweetness. Due to the high cost of maple syrup, you can replace it with honey or brown sugar syrup.

Other Vegan Breakfast Recipes To  Prepare

  1. Easy Tofu Scramble
  2. Vanilla Almond Milk
  3. Antioxidant Smoothie
  4. Vegan Banana Oatmeal Pancakes
  5. Blueberry Banana Smoothie
  6. Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge
  7. Vegan Sausage Patties
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Nutrition

(Per serving)
  • Energy: 292 kcal / 1221 kJ
  • Fat: 28.5 g
  • Protein: 8.4 g
  • Carbs: 40.3 g

Cook Time

  • Preparation: 10 min
  • Cooking: 1 h
  • Ready in: 1 h 10 min
  • For: 8 Servings

Ingredients

Added Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup raisins chopped, or other dried fruits like cranberries, blueberries, pineapple
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, or sunflower seeds, or 1/4 cup hemp seeds + 1/4 cup chia seeds for nut-free version

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Add oats, dates, peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt to a food processor. Process until mixture is finely grounded and starts leaving the sides of the food processor bowl.
  3. Transfer the mixture into a large bowl and add dry fruits and almonds; mix well to combine.
  4. Press granola bar into a greased casserole pan, (I used a 9x5 pan). Use a sharp knife, and score into the size of the bars.
  5. Baked granola bars for 50-60 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Remove the baked granola bars from the oven. Allow the casserole pan to cool enough to handle.
  7. Remove the bars and allow them to cool completely.
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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.