Soft and chewy granola bars are chock-full of oats with a hint of chocolate for a satisfyingly sweet and nutty bar made with just six ingredients!
If you’re looking for a soft yet chewy granola bar that doesn’t require any baking and only uses 6 ingredients, I have the recipe for you!
What goes into these no-bake granola bars?
If you’re looking to cut down on refined sugar or focus on more whole foods, these are a great option. The basis of these bars are rolled oats, and they’re naturally sweetened with a Medjool date paste. Nut butter and cocoa powder add flavor and additional richness, while the add-ins add more flavor and texture.
- Medjool dates
- Baking powder
- Rolled oats
- Nut butter of choice (peanut, almond, etc.)
- Cocoa powder or raw cacao powder
- Add-ins like chocolate chips, slivered almonds, dried fruit, etc.
How to make no-bake granola bars?
The first step is to make the date paste by boiling the dates with a bit of baking powder to help break down the dates. From there, simply mix together all the ingredients and press into a pan and refrigerate until firm and sliceable.
What do they taste like?
Because these don’t have any refined sugar, most of the sweetness comes from the earthy date paste. Adding chocolate chips as a mix-in will help enhance the light chocolate-y flavor of these, and I like the nuttiness that adding slivered or sliced almonds provides. These do get fudgier the longer they sit in the fridge, but at room temperature, they kind of remind me of those Quaker Chewy granola bars.
Soft No-Bake Chocolate Granola Bars
- ¾ cup Medjool dates
- ½ cup water
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- 1.5 cups rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon nut butter of choice (peanut, almond, etc.)
- 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder or cocoa powder
- ¼ cup add-ins: chocolate chips, slivered almonds, dried fruit, etc.
Make the date paste
- Add the dates and water to a small saucepan over high heat, uncovered. Once the water begins to boil, add the baking powder and stir, lowering the heat to medium or medium-high, so that the date mixture continues to foam and bubble. Continue to simmer for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until date mixture is completely broken down into an approximate paste. Remove from heat and let cool. Optionally, you can blend the cooled date paste in a blender or food processor to get a smoother paste.
Make the granola bars
- In a medium bowl, combine the oats, cacao powder and add-ins of your choice (I added 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons of toasted, slivered almonds). Stir in cooled date paste and nut butter until the wet ingredients are evenly distributed.
- Press oat mixture into a greased baking pan or, if you're lazy, rip off a large square of plastic wrap. If you press the oat mixture into a rough rectangle and then cover in plastic wrap, you can use a heavy cutting board to flatten it out into a prettier square.
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before cutting into bars for the cleanest cuts.