Cherry Berry Grain Free Granola Bars Paleo, Vegan, No Added Sugar


These no-bake grain free granola bars are loaded with sweet & tart dried cherries and berries, nuts, coconut and sweetened with dates to make them with no added sugar.  They’re paleo, dairy-free, gluten-free, and perfect for healthy snacking anytime!

These no-bake grain free granola bars are loaded with sweet & tart dried cherries and berries, nuts, coconut and sweetened with dates to make them with no added sugar.  They're paleo, dairy-free, gluten-free, and perfect for healthy snacking anytime!

I couldn’t help myself – another grain free granola bar recipe was in order!

I originally had the idea to make these into no-bake cookies.  But, well, after last week’s successfully sweet granola bars with chocolate chips and raisins. I just had to have some bars again.

These aren’t quite the same as last weeks’ bars, however.  Of course – I guess you could say – because  a new recipe wouldn’t be necessary if I didn’t go in a different direction with these.

These no-bake grain free granola bars are loaded with sweet & tart dried cherries and berries, nuts, coconut and sweetened with dates to make them with no added sugar.  They're paleo, dairy-free, gluten-free, and perfect for healthy snacking anytime!

First of all, these aren’t nearly as “desserty” as the other bars.   Admittedly, the chocolate chip raisin ones are super sweet and rich, and these are more of a snack rather than a dessert, in my opinion.

I decided to sweeten them with dates – so there’s absolutely no sugar, honey, or syrups added to these bars.

There’s no chocolate either!  I went sweet/tart with no sugar-added dried tart cherries and no-sugar added dried blueberries.

These no-bake grain free granola bars are loaded with sweet & tart dried cherries and berries, nuts, coconut and sweetened with dates to make them with no added sugar.  They're paleo, dairy-free, gluten-free, and perfect for healthy snacking anytime!

Additionally, I decided to experiment with using coconut butter in these granola bars since, as you might know, I’m a big fan of it.

If you go with the coconut butter, (you can also use any nut butter you want) it adds a different flavor that CAN be an acquired taste, so I’d recommend you get comfortable with the flavor of coconut butter before trying it in this recipe.

That being said, the coconut butter/nut butter is only a small part of what makes these bars so yummy, so you’ll be covered no matter what you choose.

These no-bake grain free granola bars are loaded with sweet & tart dried cherries and berries, nuts, coconut and sweetened with dates to make them with no added sugar.  They're paleo, dairy-free, gluten-free, and perfect for healthy snacking anytime!

So, now for the report from the family!   My kids were bigger fan of the sweeter granola bars I made (of course!) but were still “fine” with these. I DO consider these bars to be better for the grown-ups than the kids. All that means is there’s more or me – which I’m not at all complaining about.

Adam said he doesn’t “need them to be any sweeter than they are”, which is a very good sign, because he FOR SURE likes his sweets.  I’m telling you – dates work their magic in mysterious and wonderful ways!

As for me, I love that these are easy to grab and snack on whenever I need a bite of something sweet, yet they’re not so rich that I feel like I’m eating dessert.

These no-bake grain free granola bars are loaded with sweet & tart dried cherries and berries, nuts, coconut and sweetened with dates to make them with no added sugar.  They're paleo, dairy-free, gluten-free, and perfect for healthy snacking anytime!

Since these no bake bars are held together with dates, coconut oil and nut/coconut butter, you’ll need to keep them chilled so they don’t melt.

For these, I prefer the fridge over the freezer since the dried cherries and berries get too hard in the freezer – the fridge gives them that perfect chewy texture!

I think it’s time to get no-baking! Get your food processor ready, we’re about to turn nuts, fruit, and coconut into healthy, tasty grain free granola bars – let’s go!

Cherry Berry Grain Free Granola Bars Paleo, Vegan, No Added Sugar

These no-bake grain free granola bars are loaded with sweet & tart dried cherries and berries, nuts, coconut and sweetened with dates to make them with no added sugar.  They're paleo, dairy-free, gluten-free, and perfect for healthy snacking anytime!

Cherry Berry Grain Free Granola Bars Paleo, Vegan, No Sugar Added

Instructions

  1. Place soaked dates in a food processor and pulse until pasty – they don’t need to be completely smooth.

  2. Add all nuts to the food processor with the date paste and pulse several times to “chop” them into a crumbly texture – a few larger pieces are okay- don’t overmix!

  3. Transfer the nuts/dates to a large mixing bowl and stir in coconut flakes, cinnamon, salt, and dried fruit to evenly combine.

  4. Whisk together the melted coconut oil, coconut butter (or nut butter) and vanilla until very smooth. Pour over the nut/fruit mixture and stir to fully combine – I used a silicone spatula for this step. Thoroughly mix to make sure all the dry mixture is coated.

  5. Line an 8 x 8” or 9 x 9” square pan with parchment paper along the bottom and sides, with extra up the sides for easy removal. Transfer mixture in and press down, using your hands, or another piece of parchment paper to get it packed tightly into the pan.

  6. Cover the top with parchment or plastic wrap, then set in the freezer for at least 1 hour to firm, or longer if you have time.

  7. Remove pan from freezer and grab two ends of the parchment paper to remove the bars, set on a cutting board.

  8. Using a long very sharp knife, cut into 20 bars.  You can wrap them in parchment individually storing in the fridge (for up to two weeks) or freezer for longer.

  9. Bars will start to melt around room temp due to the coconut oil, so they’ll need to be kept chilled to stay firm. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Cherry Berry Grain Free Granola Bars Paleo, Vegan, No Sugar Added

Amount Per Serving

Calories 215
Calories from Fat 144

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 16g
25%

Saturated Fat 5g
25%

Sodium 62mg
3%

Potassium 212mg
6%

Total Carbohydrates 16g
5%

Dietary Fiber 3g
12%

Sugars 9g

Protein 3g
6%

Vitamin A
2.4%

Vitamin C
0.1%

Calcium
3.7%

Iron
6.6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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These no-bake grain free granola bars are loaded with sweet & tart dried cherries and berries, nuts, coconut and sweetened with dates to make them with no added sugar.  They're paleo, dairy-free, gluten-free, and perfect for healthy snacking anytime!

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