A healthy granola bar full of oats, raisins and nuts.  And peanut butter.  Lots of peanut butter!

No bake oat and raisin bar

I’ve been playing with this recipe quite a bit and I think I’ve got it right now.  Every time I make it, I just want to make it more times and eat it!  The good thing is that there’s no added refined sugar – all the sweetness comes from natural honey, coconut and raisins.  I originally found this recipe as ‘bites’, but have since adapted it into bars – I like granola bars because I can take just one of them and eat it without wanting to go back and keep eating those bite-sized pieces!

You can substitute almost anything in this recipe.  The only constants should be oats and raisins … Some of the substitutions I’ve tried include:

  • Instead of peanut butter, try cashew or almond butter
  • Instead of almonds, try pecans, cashews or plain old peanuts
  • Instead of honey, try maple syrup (the 100% variety, not the sugar-filled version readily available in the US!)
  • Instead of ground flaxseed, use whole flaxseeds or half and half ground and whole
  • Try chocolate chips as well if you want to have an added touch of sweetness

Enjoy these – I certainly do – they’re quickly becoming one of my top 3 granola bars!

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No-bake oat and raisin bar

Prep Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 100 g rolled oats gluten-free if needed
  • 50 g coconut flakes
  • 75 g almonds roughly chopped
  • 125 g natural crunchy peanut butter
  • 80 g flaxseed either whole or ground or combination
  • 80 g raisins
  • 100 g honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a medium-sized mixing bowl. It will be very sticky so you will need to work this for a while before they all come together.
  2. Pour into a prepared loaf or square baking pan lined with parchment paper.
  3. Freeze for at least one hour prior to cutting into squares or bars.

Recipe Notes

We keep these in the freezer and eat them straight out from there, but they are fine if thawed as well.
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