No Bake Vegan Granola Bars and New Giveaway

Granola bars (and power balls) have always been one of my favourite snacks for on-the-go. Over the years I've experimented with everything from no-bake raw bars to dehydrated raw bars, baked bars, and no-bake vegan bars. The best part about making bars is that you can add whatever you have in your kitchen as long as you have a few basic ingredients as a base.

Today I have an EASY no-bake vegan granola bar recipe to share with you!

I worked with this recipe a handful of times, playing with large vs. small oat flakes and with maple syrup, brown rice syrup, and coconut nectar as the sweetener to see the differences. And guess what? There was a HUGE difference between each sweetener.

First, let's talk about oats. I find there to be so much confusion when it comes to this grain.

Oats are naturally gluten free.

Oats are susceptible to gluten contamination when they're processed in a facility that also processes gluten containing grains. So most people with a gluten intolerance are completely fine eating regular oats but celiacs (or anyone who notices a reaction) should go for certified gluten free oats, which means they're processed in a dedicated gluten free facility.

Large flake vs. small flake oats: They have the same nutritional value.

BOTH Large and small flake oats come from oat groats which have been steamed, rolled, and cut. The only difference is that the small oats have been cut into smaller and thinner flakes and have a faster cooking time.

Now onto sweeteners...

Maple Syrup: I tried this recipe with maple syrup first and because maple is a thin, more watery sweetener, the bars didn't hold together very well at all. In fact they were crumbly.

Brown Rice Syrup: Next I tried rice syrup and had great success! It is the perfect sweetener to create a bar that holds together well, even at room temperature. In fact I left a bar out on the counter all night to see how well it would hold up and it was completely fine. Rice syrup is less sweet than the others.

Coconut Nectar: Last, I tried coconut nectar and it created a delicious bar that holds together well BUT can't be left at room temperature for too long without starting to fall apart. This is perfect if you want to eat them right out of the fridge.

In the picture below, I used all small flake oats and sweetened them with coconut nectar.

No Bake Vegan Granola Bars

1 cup quick/small flake oats

1/2 cup large flake oats

2/3 cup seeds of choice (I used pumpkin, sunflower, chia, and hemp)

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1/3 cup ground yellow flax seeds

1/8 teaspoon Himalayan salt

1/3 cup nut or seed butter of choice

1/3 cup coconut nectar OR 1/2 cup brown rice syrup

1/4 cup melted coconut oil

Stir all dry ingredients together in a bowl. Whisk together the wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Add to the dry ingredients and mix together well with your hands. Very firmly press into a parchment paper lined 8x8" pan. Chill in the fridge or freezer until firm. Slice into bars.


  • Make these nut-free by using tahini, sunflower or pumpkin seed butter. I've made them with tahini and they're great.
  • Yellow flax has a more mild taste but you can also use brown or ground chia.
  • I like the combo of the large and small flake oats. Ive also made them with only small flake oats and it works well. Don't use only large flake oats though, they're a bit too chunky.

In these bars below, I used both large and small flake oats. They're sweetened with brown rice syrup.

I also have a new giveaway for you! TWO winners will receive a gift pack with these products from Holy Crap (best name, right?!). This company makes healthy, organic, high fiber cereals that are chia and oat based.

I used some of the Skinny B in my granola bars to make up the portion of seeds called for. It's a mix of chia seeds, hemp seeds, and buckwheat.

Enter for 2 chances to win this pack of:

  • Skinny B breakfast cereal
  • Holy crap cereal
  • Holy crap plus gluten free oats
  • Holy crap single serving cup
  • Holy crap single serving cup with gluten free oats


  1. Leave a comment below answering this question: What is your favourite cereal? (Mine is my homemade raw granola).
  2. For a second entry subscribe to my blog (in the bar at the top right hand side of my blog).
  3. This contest is open to residents of Canada.
  4. 2 winners will randomly be chosen on Monday July 3rd and will be contact via email. They will have to reply within 24 hours to claim their prize.

Good luck!

Congrats to Bridgitt who is the winner of the Healthy Crunch kale chip giveaway!!

On another note, here's a cake I made last week after getting inspired from watching Master Chef Australia. It's 3 layers of vegan chocolate cake with 2 layers of vegan vanilla marshmallow mousse, all covered in coconut frosting with candied walnuts and hazelnuts (i made a coconut sugar caramel), banana slices, chocolate sticks, and coconut stars.

Wishing you a wonderful week my friends 🙂 For my latest updates, be sure to connect with me on Instagram/instastories @sweetlyraw where I share every day.

This is a sponsored post, however all opinions are my own.

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  1. June 26, 2017 at 22:17

    Oatmeal is by far my favourite. Plain oats dressed up with berries, cherries, flax, matcha or other superfood powders, made with almond milk and topped with slivered almonds

  2. Brenda Penton
    June 27, 2017 at 12:04

    My favourite cereal is puffed wheat.

  3. Brenda Penton
    June 27, 2017 at 12:08

    I am subscribed

  4. June 27, 2017 at 21:03

    I have been experimenting with chia Granola - basically make a chia pudding with any type of flavoring, lately it's been a chai, chocolate with he shou wu. Then dehydrate the pudding until crunchy and crumble up! Put in bowl and top with coconut milk, berry compote and a swirl of tahini ??

    • sweet_raw
      June 29, 2017 at 16:16

      Oh my goodness, that sounds amazing!!!!

  5. Narbara Garrick
    June 28, 2017 at 00:27

    I have been a Holy Crap customer since their Farmer's Days. It's an everyday thing for me. Favourite!

    • sweet_raw
      June 29, 2017 at 16:17

      That's so awesome!!

  6. Kris
    June 28, 2017 at 11:19

    I like raw Grouts, with Hemp seed, chia seeds, raw pumkin seeds, cinnamon add strawberries, and blueberries w/ Hemp seed milk or coconut milk - YUM! NO sweetener needed!

    • sweet_raw
      June 29, 2017 at 16:17

      Yum that sounds fabulous!

  7. Lorraine Thornhill
    June 28, 2017 at 18:13

    Oatmeal is my favourite cereal, both milled and steel cut oats, but love the nuttiness of the steel cut! ??????? I am subscribing to your blog as I also love Holy Crap Cereal and would love the giveaway! Thanks ?? Lorrie Thornhill

  8. Monique L.S.
    June 28, 2017 at 23:50

    I really like the PC Blue Menu granola with Omega 3. Great with yogurt and fruit.

  9. Monique L.S.
    June 28, 2017 at 23:51

    I have subscribed.

  10. Annika
    June 29, 2017 at 03:21

    Oatmeal is 100% my favourite cereal! It is just so versatile and filling! Hot, cold, overnight or fresh I love it all! Lately I have even been experimenting with savroy oats! Yum :)

    • sweet_raw
      June 29, 2017 at 16:18

      Mm savory oats, that's interesting! :D

  11. Bev Giberson
    June 29, 2017 at 05:07

    My favourite cereal is granola, I really just use it to give my greek yogurt some crunch in the morning. :) We tend to make our own based on what we have lying around - steel cut oats, almonds, coconut flakes, pecans, pepitas & mashed banana is a good one.

    • sweet_raw
      June 29, 2017 at 16:18

      That sounds delish, now I'm hungry!!

  12. Emily Kozak
    June 29, 2017 at 16:22

    Can I upset everyone by saying cheerios?! I rarely eat cereal, but when I do it's a bowl of cheerios - usually cross legged on the floor watching cartoons with my kids :)

    • sweet_raw
      June 29, 2017 at 19:36

      Haha I love it! I grew up eating cheerios!

  13. Angela m
    June 29, 2017 at 16:48

    I love overnight oats and homemade granola. Have never tried raw granola before.

  14. Kimmy Ripley
    June 29, 2017 at 16:57

    My favorite cereal is my chocolate granola with some berries mixed in!

    • sweet_raw
      June 29, 2017 at 19:37


  15. Emilie
    June 29, 2017 at 18:15

    Yum! I've been experimenting with no bake granola bars and this sounds like a good recipe. Conventional, but my favourite cereal is oatmeal. Carrot cake oatmeal (cooked with shredded carrot and shredded apple and spices) is one of my current favorites

    • sweet_raw
      June 29, 2017 at 19:37

      Ooh carrot cake oatmeal sounds divine!

  16. Katerina
    June 29, 2017 at 18:54

    My favourite is lemon pie overnight oats! Packed full of chia and hemp!

    • sweet_raw
      June 29, 2017 at 19:37

      Lemon pie oats?!?! Wow!!

  17. Jeta
    June 29, 2017 at 20:00

    I like my own homemade granola as well :)

  18. Bronwyn Harrison
    June 29, 2017 at 22:02

    Oatmeal topped with some nuts and fruit is delicious

  19. Tammy
    June 30, 2017 at 03:29

    Homemade granola (gluten free) with yogurt, yum! I have always wanted to try Holy Crap. Fingers crossed ?

  20. Sara
    July 1, 2017 at 00:50

    I worked at Cafe Bliss last summer and their raw granola stole my heart! With chopped strawberries and freshly made almond milk..... yummmmm :)

    • sweet_raw
      July 3, 2017 at 02:50

      Ooh Ive never tried their granola! Now I should!

  21. Gloria Schwartz
    July 3, 2017 at 02:48

    My favourite cereal is oatmeal. I add cinnamon. Great before a run, keeps me full. Fyi I just saw you making raw cheesecake on TV. Looked delish! Can I interview you sometime about your raw food philosophy for my Focus on Fitness column in the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin?

    • sweet_raw
      July 3, 2017 at 02:51

      Hi Gloria! Oh cool, did you see the Shaw tv clip? Or was it Breakfast Television? Yes absolutely you can interview me. Please feel free to email me: heather @

  22. marissa
    July 3, 2017 at 13:10

    My absolute favourite is Glutenull's granola. It's amazing!

  23. Sharon
    July 3, 2017 at 23:16

    Hi! In the process of saving some of your recipes to Word, I realized that you have two different, but similar versions of this recipe. One is from 2013, and this one from 2017. With this being your newest, is this the one you think is better? If so, could you tell me why? I haven't made either one, so I wouldn't have a clue which is the better one. Thank so much!

    • sweet_raw
      July 4, 2017 at 20:17

      Hi Sharon, Yes the two recipes are similar but different ratios and the key is in which sweetener you use to get a different result so see what I've written and you can choose accordingly. I personally like my new recipe the best. Its a touch chewy and holds together better than the other one which was a bit crumbly. I hope that helps and I hope you enjoy it :)) They keep in the freezer well.

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