If you are looking for a delicious gluten free granola bar packed with healthy ingredients, this is a great bar to make. There are lots of flavor variation options, too! Take these granola bars hiking, pack them in a school lunchbox, or enjoy them as a late afternoon snack for a pick-me-up.

A stack of four gluten free granola bars on a small white plate.

It doesn’t get any better if you love eating snacks than these deliciously chewy gluten-free dairy-free granola bars! These gluten free oat bars make a great grab-and-go snack! Take them on the go, pack them in a lunchbox, and enjoy them anytime!

These are tasty, no-guilt, no-bake granola bars that everyone will love. They are easy to mix up in minutes. Chill them to harden them. If you love granola, try one of these easy Gluten Free Granola Recipes!

Why Make These Granola Bars:

  1. Not only are these granola bars full of flavor but they are also refined sugar-free! This is the recipe for you if you are looking for a gluten-free, sugar-free breakfast bar.
  2. The ingredients are fully customizable, so you can use your kids’ favorite ingredients.
  3. You can use any nut butter or even sun butter if you are nut-free!
  4. These bars are easy to freeze, so you always have these homemade gluten free granola bars on hand.

If you love oats as much as we do, you will want to make my Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, too!

Ingredient Notes:

Photos of the granola bars ingredients.
  • Gluten Free Oats – Use gluten free whole rolled oats, not quick oats.
  • Nut Butter – You can use peanut butter, cashew butter, Sunbutter (for nut-free), or any nut butter you like.
  • Honey – there is no need to use expensive artisan honey. Just use the basic wildflower or clover 100% honey.
  • Coconut Oil – This helps the granola bars stick together. You can use a different oil.
  • Flaxseed Meal – Make sure to use ground flaxseed, not whole.
  • Nuts – Pecans, walnuts, slivered almonds, macadamia nuts, and pistachios are all delicious options.
  • Seeds – Sesame, chia, pepitas, etc.
  • Dried Fruit – Raisins, cranberries, apples, etc. are all delicious options.

Use Certified Gluten Free Oats:

If you are Celiac or gluten-sensitive, look for certified gluten free oats. Oats are typically grown next to wheat fields, so gluten free oats are critical if you are Celiac. Gluten free oats are protected so that they stay safe from contamination.

When you are gluten free, it is really important to eat certified gluten free oats. It isn’t that regular oats contain gluten, but most oats have gluten due to cross-contamination.

I have tons of easy recipes made with gluten free oats for you to try!

Recipe Step-By-Step Directions:

Are you ready to make these homemade gluten free granola bars? Gather up your ingredients.

Granola bars photos of steps 1 and 2.

Step 1: Add all of your dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl. This is the oats, seeds, nuts, dried fruits, etc. Mix all of the mix-ins with a large spoon.

Step 2: In a microwave-safe dish, add the nut butter and honey. Microwave them for 15 seconds to soften. Mix well.

Granola bars photos of steps 3 and 4.

Step 3: Mix the warmed honey, peanut butter, coconut oil, and vanilla. Be careful because the mixture may be hot.

Step 4: Pour the wet ingredients into the granola bar ingredients.

Granola bars photos of steps 5 and 6.

Step 5: Mix the ingredients well.

Step 6: Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Pour the granola bar mixture onto the parchment paper.

Granola bars on a prepared cookie sheet ready to chill in the refrigerator.

Step 7: Use a big flat spoon or glass and press the granola mixture down flat. Cover it with plastic wrap and put it into the refrigerator to chill for at least 1 hour.

Step 8: Slice the bars and enjoy! If you love to snack, you will also love this easy Honey Roasted Cashews recipe!

Variations and Substitutions:

  • Substitute the raisins for chocolate chips. They also make many kinds of chocolate chips like sugar-free (Lily’s brand) and chips free of the Top 8 Allergens (Enjoy Life), to regular chips.
  • Drizzle melted chocolate on top.
  • Use maple syrup instead of honey.
  • Add dried fruit like cranberries and apricots.
  • Add in some gluten free cereal like EnviroKids gluten free cereal.

Tips and Recipe FAQ:

Is granola gluten free?

Granola is not gluten free unless it is made with certified gluten free oats. Grain-free granola is naturally gluten free.

What brands of granola bars are gluten free?

There are several brands of granola bars that are certified gluten free. Made Good, Enjoy Life, Kind Bars, Bobo’s, and 88 Acres are some of my favorites.

Are granola bars gluten free?

Unfortunately, due to cross-contamination of oats, regular granola bars are NOT gluten free. Unless the company uses certified gluten free oats, I do not recommend buying granola bars.

How To Store Homemade Granola Bars:

Store the bars in an air-tight container in your refrigerator for up to 5 days in the refrigerator. You can freeze them in a freezer bag for up to 4 months.

What else can you make with gluten free oats? Why not try my delicious Gluten Free Muesli or these Gluten Free Oat Scones? It makes a great healthy breakfast, too!

A stack of three gluten free granola bars.

More Gluten Free Oat Recipes:

a stack of four gluten free granola bars

Gluten Free Granola Bars

Sandi Gaertner
These delicious homemade granola bars are fully customizable so you can use the ingredients you like. Healthy gluten free granola bars never tasted so good!
5 from 4 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Gluten Free Snacks
Cuisine American
Servings 18 bars
Calories 240 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup cashew butter * see note
  • cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ¾ cups gluten free rolled oats * see note
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup chopped pecans or other nuts
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed meal
  • ¼ cup sesame seed
  • ¼ cup pepitas or other seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • ½ cup raisins

Instructions
 

  • Add all of the oats and seeds to a large bowl and whisk to blend.
  • Warm the cashew butter, butter, and honey in a glass container for 15-20 seconds.
  • Mix until the wet ingredients are smooth and blended.
  • Pour the nut butter mixture over the oats mixture and mix well.
  • Dump the mixture onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
  • Use a large spoon or flat bottom glass to press the mixture flat.
  • Refrigerate for 1-2 hours.

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Notes

  1. It is critical to use certified gluten free oats if you are Celiac. Cross-contamination runs high in regular oats.
  2. You can use peanut butter, cashew butter, or Sunbutter.
  3. These granola bars will keep up to 5 days in an air-tight container, or up to 4 months in the freezer.

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1barCalories: 240kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 5gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 70mgPotassium: 201mgFiber: 3gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 2IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 44mgIron: 2mg
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Nutrition Disclaimer

Nutritional information is an estimate provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the actual nutritional information with the products and brands you are using with your preferred nutritional calculator.

This post was updated from an older August 2021 post.

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6 Comments

  1. Ny bars were really chewy. Do you think if I bakes them for a short time they would crisp up some? They tasted very good,,,,,just very chewy.

    1. Hi Patricia, the bars are made to be chewy. You can add more oats to absorb more of the moisture. I haven’t tested baking them so if you try that, please come back and let me know.

  2. I don’t use hone in anything that’s heated. Do you think maple syrup or Agave would work in this recipe?