No Bake Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars (Vegan, Gluten Free)

No Bake Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars (V+GF): Soft and chewy granola bars that taste just like an oatmeal raisin cookie. An easy Vegan and Gluten Free recipe made with whole ingredients.

Oh life, how did we get here? What culinary sorcery has led to these No Bake Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars?

Well, there’s a story. Isn’t there always a story? 😉

Confession time: When I was a little kid, I thought oatmeal raisin cookies were made to trick us kids into eating healthy foods. In my young mind, these cookies were the equivalent of spinach muffins or, worse… carrot cake. Just–I know, I know, I was also wrong about the carrot cake. But, come on! If the word “carrot” was in there, how could it be a real dessert?

Anyway, it was during elementary school field trips that I was forced to encounter these so-called trick cookies. The teachers would get all of us kids lined up in a row, then point us towards a huge spread of semi-mysterious, crinkly brown paper bags that we were to choose from.

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All I knew was that I really, really hoped I would get the “good” bag, which was filled with Cheetos, a grilled cheese sandwich and a chocolate chip cookie. I just hoped and wished as hard as I could that I wouldn’t get the “bad” bag, which was filled with apple chips, a veggie sandwich and, wait for it…

An oatmeal cookie.

Guuuurl, those were the un-fun bags. The kind adults wanted to pick.

Yuck!

Well, one fateful day, I got stuck with one of these Healthy But Totally Gross lunch bags.

Sighing, but dutifully resigned, I sat down with one of these bags, pushed my sleeves up and wiped my fingers over my glasses to clear them out. After all, this was business. Healthy, non-fun business.

I ate the sando, because, well, what choice did I really have? I munched on the apple chips… which were surprisingly good (make that Item #3 on the list of Foods I Was Wrong About). And then, it was time for The Oatmeal Cookie.

No Bake Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars (V+GF): Soft and chewy granola bars that taste just like an oatmeal raisin cookie. An easy Vegan and Gluten Free recipe made with whole ingredients. BEAMINGBAKER.COM #Vegan #GlutenFree

As I peeled the wax paper sleeve open, I caught a big whiff of something homey, something sweet.

The cookie stared at me. And I stared at the cookie.

I thought, why not? Kids like me were supposed to go on adventures and take big risks. What bigger risk could I take than to eat this trick cookie?

I took a bite. And immediately, the cinnamon, the sugar and all of those juicy raisins brought happiness to my mouth. With every chew, I became convinced that the real trick these adults were trying to pull was letting us kids believe these cookies weren’t good. How rude! How deceiving! (I was not a trusting child.)

Well, I knew better now.

And to this day, I first decline, then double-back whenever I’m offered an oatmeal raisin cookie. After all, I’m a savvy adult now. I finally know better. 😉

When you bite into one of these no bake oatmeal raisin granola bars, you’ll know immediately how incredibly wrong I was about those oatmeal raisin cookies. In fact, you probably already knew that, you smart cookie, you.

No Bake Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars (V+GF): Soft and chewy granola bars that taste just like an oatmeal raisin cookie. An easy Vegan and Gluten Free recipe made with whole ingredients. BEAMINGBAKER.COM #Vegan #GlutenFree

Now, don’t tell any of the kids in your vicinity, but *whispers* I actually made this guy nice and healthy. But, shhhh! Let’s not scare them off! After all, it’s our duty as adults to trick them into eating better. Right?

Let me *quietly* tell you all about them. These No Bake Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars are:

  • soft and chewy like a trick cookie an oatmeal raisin cookie
  • so incredibly easy to make
  • made with simple, whole ingredients
  • vegan and gluten free
  • nutritiously packed with protein and vitamins
  • a super convenient snack

If you already love oatmeal raisin cookies, you’re probably already drooling over these. If you’re like the little beaming baker, prepare to be blown away.

After all, who doesn’t need a bit of culinary adventure in their lives?

No Bake Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars (V+GF): Soft and chewy granola bars that taste just like an oatmeal raisin cookie. An easy Vegan and Gluten Free recipe made with whole ingredients. BEAMINGBAKER.COM #Vegan #GlutenFree

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No Bake Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars (V+GF): Soft and chewy granola bars that taste just like an oatmeal raisin cookie. An easy Vegan and Gluten Free recipe made with whole ingredients. BEAMINGBAKER.COM #Vegan #GlutenFree

No Bake Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars (Vegan, Gluten Free)


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No Bake Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars (V+GF): Soft and chewy granola bars that taste just like an oatmeal raisin cookie. An easy Vegan and Gluten Free recipe made with whole ingredients.


Ingredients

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Dry Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups gluten free rolled oats
  • ½ cup homemade gluten free oat flour*
  • ½ cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 2 flax eggs (whisk together 2 tablespoons ground flax + 6 tablespoons warm water, let set for 15 mins)
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • ½ cup natural, unsalted almond butter or peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Add-in Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts (optional, or other toppings)

Instructions

  1. Line a 9×9 baking pan with parchment paper or wax paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients: oats, flour, coconut, cinnamon and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the wet ingredients: flax eggs, coconut oil, nut butter, maple syrup and vanilla. Whisk until smooth.
  4. Pour the wet mixture over the dry mixture. Use a rubber spatula or wooden spoon to fold the ingredients together until well combined. Fold in raisins and walnuts.
  5. Pour into the prepared baking pan. Spread granola bar mixture into an even layer, pressing down until tightly packed and smooth.
  6. Place baking pan in freezer for 15-20 minutes, or in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  7. Remove from the freezer/refrigerator. Grab the paper liner and lift the bars out of the baking pan. Set onto an even surface and slice into 18 bars. Enjoy!

Notes

– Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks. You may also freeze these for up to a month.
– Storing at room temperature: These bars will be slightly soft, but still firm at room temperature. If you’re bringing these as a snack, make sure to store them in a hard container, like a Tupperware.
– *To make homemade oat flour: place rolled oats into a blender. Blend until you get a just slightly grainy flour. Remember: 1 cup of rolled oats does not equal 1 cup of oat flour. You’ll need to blend more rolled oats to create less flour- the oats decrease in volume as you turn it into a flour. It’s easiest to blend up a big batch of oat flour, and just scoop out what’s needed for any recipe.
– Adapted from my Good Morning Breakfast Cookies.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Category: snacks, vegan, gluten free, no bake

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If you enjoy the ingredients in these no bake oatmeal raisin granola bars, you just might love my Good Morning Breakfast Cookies (Vegan + Gluten Free).

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What better way to channel your inner kid than with this Protein-Rich Strawberry Peanut Butter Smoothie? 🙂

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Question of the Day

What food did you dislike as a kid, but find yourself enjoying as an adult?

I can’t wait to hear your responses.

Love, demeter | beaming baker

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92 Comments

  1. Hi,
    can I use 2 eggs instead of flax eggs, as I am not vegan, but would like to make the receipe. And also will they be stored the same as your receipe? Thanks






  2. Hi there. This looks absolutely delicious. Wondering, however, if there is ANY way to omit the oil as we follow a pretty strict no oil diet. Am I just out of luck here with this, or do you think there may be a way around it?

    Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Savannah! Hm, interesting question. Since this is a no bake recipe, you could try using nut butter. I’d recommend starting with about 1/2 the amount to text the texture and adjusting from there. If you try it, let me know how it goes!

    1. Hi Michelle! You can sub the shredded coconut with oats–sometimes I’ll do a little less since oats can be on the drier side. As for the coconut oil, you can sub that with melted vegan butter, if you’d like. Can’t wait to hear what you think! 🙂