No Bake Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Granola Bars (Vegan, Gluten Free, Whole Grain, Dairy-Free)

No Bake Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Granola Bars (V, GF, DF): an easy one bowl recipe for soft and chewy no bake granola bars that taste like cookie dough. Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy-Free.

New year, new no bake recipes. Awwwww yeah! I know, I know, some folks may or may not fondly refer to yours truly as the Beaming No-Baker. Okay, maybe that’s just my sisters and a few close friends. Wanna join the cool (as in no bake) kids? 😉

Either way, I always feel like January is the perfect time to bring on all the quick and easy snacks. We’ve just barely recovered from baking up a huge storm, wrapping all the things we could get our hands on, and crock-potting, casseroling and otherwise breaking our backs in the kitchen for a bit of awesome holiday indulgence.

No Bake Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Granola Bars (V, GF, DF): an easy one bowl recipe for soft and chewy no bake granola bars that taste like cookie dough. #Vegan #GlutenFree #DairyFree |

And we made it. To a fresh new year, a fresh new month. Time to give our crockpots, our casserole dishes and our stretchy buffet pants a break. Time to whip up something we can enjoy on our way to a new spinning group, yoga class or the local walking club (is that a thing–that should so be a thing!!).

These no bake almond butter chocolate chip cookie dough granola bars are so wonderfully easy to make, easy to take with you on the go, and even easier to eat. Imagine that. 😉 If you’re a no bake granola bars fan, you may have already enjoyed my no bake oatmeal raisin granola bars or the more popular (because: chocolate, of course) no bake chewy chocolate chip granola bars.

Every other month, Erik whips up a batch of one of these bars and the other, uh… other, months, he whips up either these, these or these.

But my philosophy on no bake is: MORE! Can you really have too many no bake recipes? Please say no! Or… no bake?? I know, I’m confused with all the no’s, too.

No Bake Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Granola Bars (V, GF, DF): an easy one bowl recipe for soft and chewy no bake granola bars that taste like cookie dough. #Vegan #GlutenFree #DairyFree |

Even the two of us, who are regularly enjoying no bake recipe trials, are constantly whipping up more no bake goodies. They’re just so convenient, ya know? I hope you just love these no bake almond butter chocolate chip cookie dough granola bars as much as we both do.

They came about when I was thinking up the kinds of treats y’all would like to see for the new year. I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback on my strictly gym-centered no bake bites from one group and plenty of positive feedback on my more loosely-interpreted–oh, okaaaaaay–desserts-oriented no bake dessert bites.

This time, I thought, why not combine the two? Namely, let’s combine no bake gym treat awesomeness with no bake COOKIE DOUGH yum! Are you pleased? Oh come on, I can see that grin from a mile away! Oh, wait, you were grinning at your cat or that really smokin’… sandwich that’s on your plate for lunch. Darn it.

P.S. Why is your sandwich smokin’?? Tell me more!

Moving on… I’m sure you’ll just love these no bake bars. Best of all, hopefully, they’ll be exactly what you need to get your new year’s resolutions going. 🙂 Do you have a list written up, or are you more of a “it’s all up here” type of person?

No Bake Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Granola Bars (V, GF, DF): an easy one bowl recipe for soft and chewy no bake granola bars that taste like cookie dough. #Vegan #GlutenFree #DairyFree |

Erik and I aren’t big on the new year’s resolutions usually… but this year, we’re gonna give ‘em a go. The funny thing is that we usually have monthly resolutions that go through a bit of a rolling admissions-type process. If ya don’t make it in this month, you’ll get your turn next month. <– Let’s just assume I have a good handle on how this rolling admissions business works.

This year, we’re gonna be working on a few of these resolutions, and maybe even a few we haven’t even thought of yet…

For Me:

  • more sleep, for the love of all that’s sweet and salty!
  • better organization, like everywhere
  • more time for fitness, because I have one too many pairs of stretchy pants, and they’re not for working out (just sayin’)
  • less work, more living
  • like… with family and other real humans that exist outside of my computer screen (there’s a rumor they exist)
  • more sleep
  • Better quality wind-down time at night, after work… because Erik’s had enough sleepless nights with me tossing and turning, saying who knows what about recipes in my sleep
  • More… adventures, no reason needed
  • and finally, more sleep .

No Bake Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Granola Bars (V, GF, DF): an easy one bowl recipe for soft and chewy no bake granola bars that taste like cookie dough. #Vegan #GlutenFree #DairyFree |

For Erik:

  • he told me to write, “yes” to all of the above and
  • build a snowman, for the first time ever (!!!!)
  • more even sideburns (yep, he’s all mine, ladies!)
  • more sleep (he then mumbled something about recipes…)
  • wear ties more often, for fun exclusively
  • and adventure time!! Not the show, the actual thing

Okay, now that you’ve heard ours, we have to hear yours! Yes, we are all in middle school right now. 😉 What are your new year’s resolutions? Any fun ones you may or may not officially have on your list?

No Bake Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Granola Bars (V, GF, DF): an easy one bowl recipe for soft and chewy no bake granola bars that taste like cookie dough. #Vegan #GlutenFree #DairyFree |

While I eagerly await your responses, allow me to tell you all about my No Bake Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Granola Bars. They’re:

  • so incredibly easy to make, in just one bowl
  • vegan, gluten free, dairy-free, whole grain
  • cookie-dough tasty!
  • totally awesome at room temperature, so you can bring them on all your adventures
  • soft, chewy and satisfying
  • packed with delicious, energy-boosting ingredients: chocolate, oats and more!
  • plant-based and allergy-friendly
  • made for almond butter lovers
  • perfect for an afternoon snack or an evening dessert
  • so made for kicking your new year’s resolutions’ butts! Or something…

I hope you get a chance to try a wealth of new things this year: activities, friends, recipes, fun. I’m looking forward to kicking off the new year with you. Let’s make this year unbelievably awesome! Whaddya say? I can’t wait to hear what you think of this recipe.

In the meantime, tell me, what’s your number one new year’s resolution?

Sending you all my love and maybe even a dove, xo Demeter ❤️

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No Bake Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Granola Bars (V, GF, DF): an easy one bowl recipe for soft and chewy no bake granola bars that taste like cookie dough. #Vegan #GlutenFree #DairyFree |


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Maple Syrup | Stainless Steel Measuring Cups

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No Bake Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Granola Bars (Vegan, Gluten Free, Whole Grain, Dairy-Free)

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No Bake Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Granola Bars (V, GF, DF): an easy one bowl recipe for soft and chewy no bake granola bars that taste like cookie dough. Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy-Free, Whole Grain.



Wet Ingredients

  • ¼ cup unsalted, natural creamy almond butter*
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flax + 3 tablespoons water, whisked together, set for 10 mins)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 cup gluten free rolled oats
  • ¾ cup gluten free oat flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Add-in Ingredients

  • ¼ cup vegan chocolate chips (mini and regular)
  • ¼ cup walnuts, finely chopped

Optional Topping


  1. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with wax paper, parchment paper or foil. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together all of the wet ingredients: almond butter, maple syrup, coconut oil, flax egg and vanilla. Whisk until smooth.
  3. Add the dry ingredients: oats, oat flour and salt. Use a rubber spatula or wooden spoon to fold the ingredients together until well combined. Fold in chocolate chips and walnuts.
  4. Pour this mixture into the prepared baking pan. Using the rubber spatula, smooth into an even layer. Optionally, press chocolate chips into the bars.
  5. Cover and freeze for 30 minutes. Remove from freezer and slice into 18 bars. Enjoy! Storing instructions below.


– Adapted from my chocolate chip cookie dough bites and my no bake peanut butter cookie dough bites.
– Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks. You can also freeze these for up to a month. Allow to thaw at room temperature for about 30 minutes before enjoying.
– More No Bake recipes (all V, GF, DF): cranberry coconut bites, chewy chocolate chip granola bars.
– More Healthy Snack recipes: protein-packed strawberry peanut butter smoothie, maple sesame almonds, trail mix cookies.

  • Category: No Bake, Snacks, Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy-Free

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  1. Hello,

    I would like to try these bars, but include Nutella and peanut butter. Could I substitute peanut butter for almond butter and Nutella for the maple syrup as I don’t want the bars to be too sweet if I use both Nutella and maple syrup or will the wet mixture be too thick? Also, could I use 1/4 cup rice krispie cereal and 1/4 cup chopped pretzels in place of the walnuts and chocolate chips? Lastly, could I use quick oats instead of old fashioned?

    Thank you.

    1. Hi there! Try swapping the almond butter with nutella, then swapping 2 tablespoons of maple syrup for peanut butter (and keeping the remaining 2 tablespoons of maple syrup), and using the cereal and pretzels in place of the add-ins. I haven’t tried these swaps before, so this is my best guess! Good luck!

  2. A winner for our March of Dimes bake sale next week. How do you think about subbing almond flour for the oat flour?

    1. Hi Emely! Yes, you can absolutely substitute the almond butter with peanut butter. 🙂 Hope you love it!

  3. Happy New Year my friend!!! :* <3 LOVE your new year's resolutions <3 I didn't made a list yet, had no time <– maybe I should put THAT on my list first – find time to make resolutions 😀 lol
    I can definitely relate with few of yours thou… like: get more sleep, less work – more living, and then get some more sleep, and YES I've heard the rumors too… humans (except family members) do exist outside of our screens.. I just need to find them too hahaha But let's not worry too much about what's gonna happen in next months or year, let's focus on PRESENT moment. And at the moment I'm looking at your DELICIOUS no bake granola bars and I want them NOW! I need something healthy for my office snack, so this is a perfect fit. Thanks for sharing another amazing recipe. PS I really wish I was your neighbor so I can have all your deliciousness after photoshooting hehe :*

    1. Happy New Year, Natalie! LOLOL. That would be the best NY Resolution’s topper. Like. EVER. . You and I have GOT to confirm these rumors that real, live, actual human beings exist outside of the internet! . . If ya ever move to Maine, I shall happily bring over all the goodies for you, my friend! Wishing you lots of sleep, being in the moment, and happiness this year. <3

  4. Helloooooo beautiful no bake treats! I read the title and was like, wait WHAAAAT?! That sounds incredible! And they look just as fantastic as they sound 🙂 I need more of these in my life. I know they take even less time than things that need to be baked and therefore I should resolve to make more no-bake treats. And more sleep! And get my organization mojo back. I used to be so good about it and then one day I looked at my purse and our bedroom and shuddered.

    We basically have all of the same resolutions! Happy New Year 🙂 !!!!

    1. YEP!! Hehe. 🙂 I have a supersoft spot for no bake treats because they take so. Little. Time. They’re so easy to whip up! Here’s to more sleep and organization this year! Happy New Year, Jessica! xo

  5. Quick and easy snacks are needed all year long, but especially in January! You are calling my name with these no-bake granola bars! I am loving the flavors of the almond butter and cookie dough. These were pretty much made for me. I’m loving your resolutions! I make goals (because I always fail at resolutions ha) but my list looks similar to yours, especially the work less and exercise more. Cheers to a healthy and happy 2017, and lots of these bars! Pinned!

    1. So. Right! I figured a bit of cookie dough flavor is what we all need to stay on the healthy track this time of year. 😉 Here’s to working less and exercising more in 2017! Happy New Year, my friend. Thank you for pinning. <3 <3

  6. I like to believe I’m the biggest almond butter lover there is, so this recipe is seriously looking SO dreamy right now, Demeter! Take that liquid gold and combine it with the cookie dough flavor profile, it’s serious bar perfection. I definitely LOVE all of your resolutions! They’re all manageable but definitely things that are worth the time and effort – I second all of them! Especially the sleep. 🙂 Also LOL-ed just a little reading about you mumbling about recipes in the night, I do this regularly or toss and turn debating what I’m going to bake the next day. I just rationalize and tell myself I get some of my best ideas that way!! And judging by the way these bars (and all you others!) look, you could say the same! Happiest of new year’s to you, I can’t wait to try these bars out!!

    1. Haha. I think there should probably be an award or title for that… World’s Biggest Almond Butter Lover or something. . Here’s to more sleep this year, less deep-sleep recipe mumbling and lots of fun this year! Can’t wait to hear what you think, Sara! 🙂

  7. Rolling admissions style resolutions seems like the way to go–less pressure in January because there’s always February or March or November for that. I’m sure that will boost success rate! I’m with Erik–I just want to add a big yes to your entire list and copy paste all those onto mine too. Although I’m not doing too bad on sleep at the moment…but who knows how behind we will be after a few looooooong far-away-land trips. I cracked up at the “for fun exclusively” part–that needs to be a reasons for doing things much more often! And at this moment I am adding to my list: Make all of BBB’s recipes that involve “no-bake” and “bar”. Because you know I can’t pick faves between CC (chocolate chip) OR (oatmeal raisin) and CD (cookie dough). (I realize the abbreviations actually made things longer since I had to do the parentheses thing…but I’m just planning for the future because I know those words will come up again.) No-bake treats all year long to fuel all this resolution-accomplishing please!! xo

    1. For reals! 😉 On LOL on November. That’s no biggie… that’s practically tomorrow right? . I’m very happy to hear that you’re not having issues with sleep. I’m serious, lack of sleep can make for quite the crabby attitude. <--Not that I would know about this or anything... 😉 Props on creating abbreviations AND typing it all out! Get ready to use ALL of them, ASAP! xoxo

  8. To eat more almond butter and less peanut butter 🙂 . So, your no-bake treats are perfect! 🙂 . Love them, so so good! And I agree on your resolutions, especially the less work more living! Pinned these jewels, of course!

    1. What a fantastically delicious resolution! . I can’t wait to hear what you think of these, Nicoletta! Here’s to more living and less working! <3

    1. Lol on “cashing” in on that! I’m seriously gonna be giggling about that all day, Joyce! Cookie dough, almond butter and all the yummy things. 🙂 Happy New Year, Joyce!

  9. Happy haaaaappy happppppy HAPPY New Year, lil D! I’m so glad you and the fam had a wonderful holiday! BUT, I’m so glad to see you back in the swing of things! (wait, were you gone from the swing of things… or was I just out of the blogging loop?) Either way, WAHOO! Now these bars – Yahhhss! My little Demeter Beaming No Baker is at it again! These look amazing, as always! And talk about holy flavor over load in the very best way! I mean, could these bars be more awesome? I think not! I will totally be devouring these as I look online for a walking club. lol. Cheers, sweets! Pinned of course! xoxo

    1. I’m seriously grinning at all of your “happys”!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 I may or may not have continued swinging during the holidays. Wait a minute… that sounds weird. Lol. I had to share another no bake, just to hear you call my the Beaming No Baker again. Hahaha. You’ve GOT to call me when you find a walking club! Muah! xoxo

  10. You can never ever have too many no bake recipes! Ever! Demeter these bars are awesome sauce! I usually resolve NOT TO make any resolutions but GAH – reading through yours makes me realize I so NEED to work on getting more sleep Mon-Fri and being more organized ( my daughter got me 2 organizers for Christmas – I think she’s trying to tell me something though if you saw my workspace you’d side with her!) AND more adventures for sure! Working on that last one by making sure I make all the homemade eats and treats (adding these bars to the to-make-list for sure) so there’s more mullah for adventuring! Speaking of which – Happy New Year sweet friend! I hope 2017 is filled with the best sort of adventuring for you and Erik! xo

    1. Heck. Yeah! 😉 There’s such a negative stigma with resolutions… but I see them as general guideline/goals. Hehe. Seriously though… we ALL need more sleep! LOL on your daughter’s gift! She’s awesomely sassy, just like her mama! 🙂 Happy New Year, Shashi! Wishing you and your family tons of Z’s, organizing like a BOSS, and plenty of adventures this year! xoxoxo