These homemade nut free granola bars are so much better than the kind you purchase at the store! They are super allergy friendly and made without nuts, gluten, dairy, or soy. Plus, they are no-bake granola bars making this an easy recipe. Easy to make, chewy, and delicious.
When I was in college, I am pretty sure I survived on coffee and granola bars. Especially my senior year when I had projects, final papers, and even a thesis to write, I would spend late nights in the library and munch on a granola bar for a snack.
Fast forward to now when I can’t easily pick up a box from the store. But I was craving a snack and these were just the thing to satisfy that desire.
These nut free granola bars are chewy, sweet, nutty tasting, and have just the perfect amount of mini chocolate chips. Filled with healthy ingredients like gluten free oats and sunflower seed butter, they can pass for a quick breakfast or an easy afternoon snack.
Pro tip! Crumble one up on top of ice cream. SO GOOD.
Nut Free Granola Bar Ingredients
You only need 7 simple ingredients to make these granola bars! The exact measurements are listed in the recipe below.
Gluten Free Oats – If you are gluten free, make sure you source out a high quality oat that is safe. My favorite brands are from Bob’s Red Mill, Trader Joe’s, and Thrive Market. You can roast your oats for 10 minutes at 300F (which makes these not totally no-bake but adds the most amazing taste to your finished bar!).
Maple Syrup – Something a little sweet that also helps bind the mix together.
Sunflower Seed Butter – This is the main binder of these granola bars. It also adds protein, a healthy fat, and delicious nutty flavor. You can easily swap this out for soy nut butter, cashew butter, or any other type of similar product. Just make sure it’s one you can eat!
Brown Sugar – Alton Brown always adds brown sugar to his granola and who am I to mess with such a classic ingredient? If you want, you can take this out, but I love the sweet molasses flavor it imparts on the final granola bar.
Salt – To make the flavors really shine you need a pinch of salt!
Cinnamon – I love the hint of warmth this gives.
Vanilla Extract – Vanilla makes just about everything better! It gives off a warmth just like the cinnamon.
Add Ins – Time to make these granola bars personalized to your favorite flavors! I love adding mini chocolate chips to mine but you can also add pepitas, seeds, dried fruits, shredded coconut, the sky’s the limit on what you want to add!
How to Make Nut Free Granola Bars
What I love about this recipe is how easy breezy it really is. Only 3 steps are between you and your granola bars.
First, stir together the wet ingredients of sunflower seed butter, maple syrup, brown sugar, and vanilla extract.
Next, add in all the remaining ingredients. Give it a good mix! You might think it’s too thick and won’t come together, but I promise it will. Just keep mixing!
Finally, press your granola into a lined container and chill in the fridge for about an hour.
How easy is that??
Allergy Variations for Granola Bars
As with all the recipes on this blog, here are some allergy variations so that everyone can enjoy these nut free granola bars.
Sunflower Seed Butter – Use the equivalent of your choice that is safe for you. Sun butter, soy butter, nut butters, all of them work perfectly. Just try and make sure that it is a creamy consistency – nothing dry! If your butter has hardened up a bit at the bottom of the jar, add a little extra maple syrup to help get the right viscosity.
Maple Syrup – If you are allergic to maple, or don’t have any in the house, use something like honey or brown rice syrup in its place. Use the same amount as called for in the recipe.
Mix Ins – These are really up to you and what your preferences are for the final granola bars!
Homemade Granola Bar Tips
Don’t forget to chill. These bars need time to set up in the fridge so don’t cut them right away. Give them a good hour or even overnight before slicing and eating the bars.
Store them in the fridge. Speaking of keeping things cool, you’ll want to store these in the fridge in a container for about a week. You can freeze them, just wrap them in a bit of wax or parchment paper before storing in the freezer. And make sure to let them thaw in the fridge or countertop before eating. Don’t chip a tooth over these frozen granola bars!
Looking for more Oat Recipes? Here are some of my faves.
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Nut Free Granola Bars
- 2 cups gluten free oats see note
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 2/3 cup sunflower seed butter
- 2 tbsp brown sugar optional
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch salt and cinnamon
- 2-6 tbsp mix-ins of your choice
- Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, stir together the sunflower seed butter, maple syrup, brown sugar, and vanilla extract.
- Add the oats and the mix-ins you are choosing to add. The mix might seem super thick, but keep mixing!
- Transfer mixture to your baking pan and using a spoon, press firmly into the pan. You want an even surface.
- Let chill for one hour minimun° and overnight before slicing and eating.