No-Bake Almond Joy Granola Bars

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It appears I’m on a granola bar kick this week.

and I can’t be stopped.

But I didn’t think you’d mind too much?

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Experimenting with granola bar recipes (and flavours) is one of my favourite things to do. It’s rare that I don’t have a bar tucked away in my purse for “emergencies”. You know, hangry attacks! Eric went so crazy for these bars he insisted I post the recipe on the blog RIGHT THIS SECOND so who am I to argue? I imagine that I’ll be making these a lot over the summer and stashing them in the freezer over the next several months. That’s if we can keep our paws off them for that long (unlikely, really).

Much like my Feel Good Hearty Granola Bars, these bars are also lower in sugar than most (5.8 grams per bar). This time I used just 1/4 cup of coconut nectar syrup which is a fruity-tasting low-glycemic sweetener. It doesn’t seem to give me sugar crashes like regular cane sugar does. Due to its fruity flavour, I don’t find it works in all recipes. For instance, it’s not my favourite sweetener in some chocolate recipes, but in granola or fruit-based recipes it tends to always blend in nicely.

The only caveat with this recipe is that the bars don’t hold together perfectly, so I recommend storing them in the fridge and not letting them sit at room temperature. Best to take one straight from the fridge and stuff it in the face! It’s a hard task, I know. They definitely aren’t “travel” bars (unless you don’t mind it turning into loose granola at room temp).

Oh and for the record, I did try baking a batch in the oven for curiosity’s sake and the no-bake version won by a landslide. The baked bars held together a teeny tiny bit better, but they tasted less sweet and a bit bland. I don’t think it’s worth the extra time or oven heat, personally.

Like most granola bar recipes, this one is versatile so be sure to let me know what flavours you come up with in the comment section. Think we can come up with 52 flavours, or what?

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No-Bake Almond Joy Granola Bars

Vegan, gluten-free, no bake/raw, refined sugar-free

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Easy no-bake granola bars inspired by the popular Almond Joy Chocolate bar flavour. Roasted almond butter, mini chocolate chips, and coconut unite to create one tasty bar that's whipped up in 10 minutes (no oven required!). Recipe adapted from Yummy Mummy.

Yield
14 small bars
Freeze time
10 minutes
Prep Time
Cook time
0 Minutes
Total Time

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups rolled oats (use certified gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1 cup rice crisp cereal
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup roasted almond butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut nectar syrup (or brown rice syrup - see note)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of fine grain sea salt or pink Himalayan salt, to taste
  • 1.5 tablespoons non-dairy mini chocolate chips (such as Enjoy Life brand, optional)

Directions:

  1. Line an 8-inch or 9-inch square pan with two pieces of parchment paper, one going each way so it's easy to lift out.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the oats, rice crisp cereal, sliced almonds, coconut, and chia seeds.
  3. In a medium pot over low heat, melt the coconut oil. Remove from heat and stir in the almond butter, coconut nectar, and vanilla, until smooth.
  4. Pour wet mixture over dry and stir well until thoroughly combined. Add a pinch of salt to taste and stir again.
  5. Spoon mixture into the pan and roughly spread out (but don't pack down yet). Sprinkle on the chocolate chips in an even layer. Wet hands lightly and then press down the mixture until even. Use a pastry roller to roll it out and pack it in even more.
  6. Transfer pan to the freezer for about 10 minutes until firm. Slice into bars, wrap, and store in the fridge or freezer. These bars fall apart easily so I don't recommend leaving them at room temperature for longer than a few minutes.
Nutritional info: (based on 14 servings, per bar with chocolate chips): 193 cals, 12.6 grams fat, 16.5 grams carbs, 3.5 grams fibre, 5.8 grams sugar, 5 grams protein.

Note: I do not recommend swapping the coconut nectar or brown rice syrup for any other liquid sweetener. Other sweeteners won't be sticky enough to bind the bars.

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Tina Muir May 23, 2014

I am ALWAYS on a granola kick, I absolutely never tire of cereal! It is the perfect post run meal for me in the mornings. Full of carbohydrates, pairs wonderfully with almond milk to make my bones nice and strong, and delightfully sweet! You added chocolate chips to these bars which makes them even more special! 80 miles a week means lots of snacks, and granola bars fill that requirement perfectly! YUM!

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Baby June May 23, 2014

Looks delicious! And much healthier than the traditional bars, too! :)

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Caitlin May 23, 2014

almond joys were one of my favorite candy bars growing up,so i am all about these bars. i actually love keeping granola and bars in the fridge!

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Chicago Jogger May 23, 2014

Wow, I love the sound of these no bake bars! I have a bag of chia seeds just waiting to be opened, I’m adding this to my list. Maybe for the long weekend :)

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Erica { EricaDHouse.com } May 23, 2014

I wholeheartedly support your granola bar theme this week.

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Bailey May 23, 2014

do you have any recipes for roasted coconut chips? like the ones from trader Joes? would love to make them myself but can’t find a good recipe!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 23, 2014

Hey Bailey, What are the ingredients on the package? Maybe I can come up with something!

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Bailey May 23, 2014

http://bit.ly/1r2cKpM

that would be awesome, I live off your cookbook! here is a link to them and the ingredients are listed in this order: coconut, salt, sugar, coconut milk, coconut juice

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hippymomelizabeth May 27, 2014

idk

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hippymomelizabeth May 23, 2014

Can Spirulina be on of the 52 Flavors?

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hippymomelizabeth May 23, 2014

Guess I should have took the clue about being open about business opportunities’ or even wanting a friendship with certain people. Oh well I tried Just thought you were different…

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 23, 2014

Hi Elizabeth,
I’m not quite sure what you are referring to in your last comment. I’m sorry if I offended you in any way.
Spirulina sounds like a fun variation…green monster bars maybe?

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maureen jenne June 11, 2014

So looking forward to trying this recipe. Thank you for your posts they are helping me and my family eat healthier!

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Alisha @ Little Life Blog May 23, 2014

I share your exact sentiments on the emergency purse stash and hanger pains- ha! I love the Glo Bars from your book and can’t wait to try this version out.

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Katie May 23, 2014

Angela – do you use coconut oil to replace butter/vegan spread? I have a slight allergy to coconut and am wondering if Earth Balance or the like would work in its place in recipes such as this one…

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 23, 2014

Hi Katie, Good question! The coconut oil actually helps firm up the bars when chilled, so I’m not sure if vegan butter would be a good sub. It would take some playing around with most likely.

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Kaila @healthyhelperblog! May 23, 2014

These look insanely delicious! Between these and your other recent bar recipe I’m gonna be rolling in bars!!!

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Anele @ Success Along the Weigh May 23, 2014

Oh my goodness, these look heavenly! I can’t wait to make these bad boys!

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Chelsea @ BigBitesLittleBudget May 23, 2014

Homemade granola bars are one of my favorite snacks and I love trying new flavors. This one sounds just delightful. Thanks for sharing (right this second)!

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Jacki @ Two Forks One Love May 23, 2014

That’s it, I’m making my own granola bars this weekend. I’ve been putting it off long enough.

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The Vegan Cookie Fairy May 23, 2014

How about pistachio and mocha granola bars? It was my favourite ice cream flavour combo when I was a kid :)

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Jessica Rose May 23, 2014

Anything that require doing less….is best in my book…so no baking….gets a big thumbs up from me!!
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Polly @ Tasty Food Project May 23, 2014

I really enjoy Almond Joy while growing up and I like how you created a healthy granola version! These look so delicious! What a perfect snack to take on the go!

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Bre May 23, 2014

One of my favorite smoothie recipes these days has blueberries, mango and cayenne pepper in it. I wonder if doing dried mango and blueberries with a dash of cayenne pepper in these bars would be pretty good?! Maybe even subbing the almond butter for cashew butter, making it extra tropical!

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Alana May 23, 2014

Your photos always make me want to eat everything.

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AR Fan May 24, 2014

Alana, I’ve had that exact thought many times after seeing Angela’s photos! Your comment was so right on… probably for a lot of us! :)

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maryann May 23, 2014

Hi Angela.
I wondered if these would hold together without the crisp rice cereal?. Thanks for all of your amazing recipes!

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Sarah May 23, 2014

In my experience, brown rice syrup might as well be glue (though far superior in taste, I can only assume…). Everything I’ve made with it holds together like nobody’s business. I don’t have, nor have I ever come across coconut nectar, so I’m hoping the brown rice syrup sub will work out and hold them together nicely :) I need to go on a granola bar-making frenzy this weekend! This stage of my pregnancy (week 9/10) has me INSANELY hungry, and very suddenly. One minute I’m fine, the next minute I would eat dirt I’m that starved. Granola bars>dirt. Thanks for the inspiration, as always.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 23, 2014

yes it is like glue! That’s why I use it in my Glo bar recipes. Im sure it would work no problem :)
Congrats on your pregnancy by the way!

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Kelly June 15, 2014

Are there any other substitutions for brown rice syrup or coconut nectar? I’m not familiar with either. Is Agave sticky enough? Thank you. Love your recipes and share them frequently!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 15, 2014

Hi Kelly,
In my experience, agave isn’t sticky enough to bind granola bars. You can certainly use it, but the bars will fall apart.

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Kelly June 15, 2014

Thanks Angela. I’ll go out and purchase brown rice syrup because these look so good!

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Alyson May 23, 2014

These look so good and I have all the ingredients at home already! Thanks for sharing. I’ll be making these this weekend :)

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Alex @ Kenzie Life May 23, 2014

These sound great and look even better!

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Tammy Root May 23, 2014

Hey Ange,
Do any of your bars travel well?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 23, 2014

Hi Tammy, The Glo Bars travel quite well (in my cookbook). I also have a high protein granola bar on the blog that I’ve brought on short trips before. There’s probably another I’m forgetting!

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Monica May 24, 2014

I can attest that the Glo Bars and the other granola bars in your cookbook travel very well. We just took a batch of each to Italy with us and they held up terrifically on the plane, in the backpack on hikes, around town on a scooter….I always have a batch on hand now. My kids (5 and 2) LOVE them :)

I often use cacao nibs rather than chocolate chips, by the way, since they’re rumored to be good for you. Plus, I love that cool sensation I get when biting into them. My 5 year old considers them chocolate chips so who am I to argue?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 24, 2014

That’s so great to hear Monica!

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Duffy May 23, 2014

1.5 tablespoons of the chocolate chips? Is that right?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 23, 2014

yup :) Since they are mini chips – and because I sprinkle them on top of the granola mixture before packing down, you don’t need to use as much. A little trick I discovered!

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Alison May 23, 2014

Angela,
In my granola bar endeavors myself, I have found that the less oil/butter the better…for the crumbly factor.
Maybe cut down on the coconut oil and add some brown rice syrup for extra hold?!? That’s my two cents. :)

Made the “Feel Good Hearty Granola Bars” the other day…delish! (I subbed and swapped ingredients a little, but that’s because I was too lazy to go to the store!!) :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 23, 2014

Adding more sticky binder would help for sure. I was aiming for reduced sugar in these bars so I didn’t do that. We don’t mind a bit of a crumble for home use :)

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Alison May 23, 2014

Exactly! No complaining! :)
…especially when crumbled over some banana soft serve! Yummm!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 23, 2014

I love the way you think :)

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andrea May 23, 2014

I’ll probably whip up some of these soon. :) What about german chocolate bars by using pecans and maybe date paste? I’ve adapted the banana bread muffin top recipe to a german chocolate theme and loved the results – added in unsweetened shredded coconut, pecans, and raw cacao nibs for a non-sugar edition. So yummy!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 23, 2014

that sounds great!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 23, 2014

These sound delicious Ange! Experimenting with granola bar recipes is also one of my fave things to do, and if they fall apart, well no worries – you’ve got granola instead! My co-workers just might be getting a batch of these next time I decide to bring in treats. :)

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Audrey Eltzroth May 23, 2014

Oh. My. Glob. Almond Joy granola bars! I just made a batch of Almond Joy butter from Minimalist Baker (minimalistbaker.com/almond-joy-butter/). I bet it would be really good spread on one of these. As for flavors, what about cinnamon roll, snickerdoodle, brownie, banana split, Samoa cookie, Turtle, ‘Nutella’, cappuccino, or ‘Butterfinger’? And I might as well add gingerbread, because really, gingerbread is good any time of year. :)

P.S: Just wanted to say I love your book! :) All the recipes I have tried are amazing (I have even adapted several (for allergies), and they still turned out great.).

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Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy May 23, 2014

i’ll take 2 please! :)

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Jill @ 42potatoes May 23, 2014

These look amazing! Making me crave a granola bar right now…. On another note, just got your cookbook and it’s absolutely wonderful. Great ideas, recipes, and inspiration. Thank you!

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Katie M May 23, 2014

This looks amazing! However, I don’t have rice crisp cereal – would it be possible to omit or replace it?
I made your Feel Good Granola Bars yesterday, and they were so good topped with your blueberry chia jam! Looking forward to trying this one soon :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 23, 2014

Hey Katie,

So glad you tried the other bars! As for subbing rice crisp, absolutely NOT. hehe…just kidding! I’m sure it would be fine.

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Alexandra Aimee May 23, 2014

I LOVE seeing bar recipes from you again! I have been a uge fan of your bars for years and year! I love to make them and freeze them. Instant healthy breakfast for weeks created in one hour of cooking!

– Alex at cashmerekangaroo.com

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Matt Robinson May 24, 2014

Love that you’re on a granola kick, these look soooo good!!

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Amalina May 24, 2014

I made these the moment I saw how simple the recipe was and oh my goodness it is absolutely divine! Turned it into a one bowl recipe and just mixed the wet ingredients first then just dumped the dry ingredients over, mix, and ta-da! These are going to be my favorite study snack. Thanks Angela!

PS I couldn’t stop licking my fingers or the bowl.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 24, 2014

Awesome to hear :)

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Emily @ Life on Food May 24, 2014

Since I love almond joys, I know I would love these. Plus now is the time I start collecting no bake recipes to keep me going through the summer. Perfect timing.

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Ruxandra May 24, 2014

These look delicious and would be perfect for a school snack for my children. Any nut-free options? And by the way, I bought your book and love it!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 24, 2014

You can probably sub with sunflower seed butter and swap the almonds for seeds (maybe sunflower and hemp or sesame?) but I havent tried it yet. Good luck!

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Megan May 24, 2014

I can’t wait to try these! Thanks for the recipe!

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Cheri May 24, 2014

Ahhhh…I love you Angela! I used to be addicted to a store bought, highly processed, over sugared, and definitely not vegan version of this! You have helped my full transition to vegan soooooo much! Thank you!

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Summer Cushman May 24, 2014

I’ve been following your blog forever and just realized I wasn’t actually subscribed! I took care of that ASAP and love getting your emails!

My husband and are I avid hikers. Do you have a granola bar recipe you think would hold up in a backpack for an afternoon?

Thanks for all your beautiful food!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 24, 2014

Hi Summer,
We usually bring my Glo bars on hiking or travel – the recipe is in my cookbook. Thanks for subscribing by the way! :)

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Sherry May 24, 2014

These look delicious! Thank you for such creative recipes.

Question: do you have a special place you like to get your chia seeds? I ask because I’m not sure where to look for them here (in Illinois) and was wondering if you go to a health food store or buy them in bulk from somewhere like Whole Foods or buy them online, or…?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 24, 2014

Hey Sherry, I find they are available in most of the grocery stores nearby me (they are usually in the organic/natural food section and bulk bins so be sure to check there). Hope this helps!

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Samantha May 27, 2014

Scrumptious! Thank you :)

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Kate June 2, 2014

Sam’s Club has them here in Ohio.

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