No-Bake Vegan Walnut Granola Bars

by | September 4, 2019

These simple and delicious granola bars are the ultimate kid-friendly vegan treat. Made with just six ingredients and naturally sweetened, these bars are parent-approved beyond any doubt.

Try this recipe by Caroline Doucet from Unsweetened Caroline for the perfect on-the-go snack the whole family can enjoy.

No Bake Granola Bars

No-Bake Vegan Walnut Granola Bars


  • 3/4 cup Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup hemp hearts
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons water, as needed
  • Unsweetened or dark chocolate, for drizzling (optional)


  1. In a food processor, add dates and pulse a few times until chopped.
  2. Add your oats, walnuts, hemp hearts, vanilla and cinnamon. Process until the mixture sticks together when pressed, adding water as needed. It will depend on how dry your dates are, I usually need around 3 tablespoons.
  3. Press the mixture at the bottom of a dish. Drizzle with melted chocolate if desired. 
  4. Store in the fridge or freezer. I like to use glass tupperware containers, which can be closed and stored in the freezer. These bars can be eaten straight from the freezer.


This recipe is very versatile. Feel free to switch the nuts and seeds for ones you have on hand. To make it nut-free, you could replace the walnuts for sunflower seeds.

You can find this recipe and more at Unsweetened Caroline, as well as on Caroline’s Instagram.

What is your favorite vegan snack recipe for kids? Let us know in the comments below.


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