No Bake Oat Bars (Vegan and Gluten Free)

I have a new snack idea for you today.  This one is No Bake Oat Bars.  For this recipe, I was inspired by my homemade nutri-grain bars.

I wanted to make a similar recipe that requires less work and ingredients.  This easy oat bar recipe only call for a few simple ingredients.  I love that. So you probably have the ingredients to make them already.  You can use whatever flavor jam you like.

This recipe is also nut free.  If you like fruit bars, you may also like my blueberry oat bars.


No Bake Oat Bars - My Whole Food Life


In addition to being nut free, these bars are also oil free, vegan and gluten free.  You can make them up in minutes.  They also freeze well, so make a big batch if you like.

No Bake Oat Bars

No Bake Oat Bars

Prep Time 10 min Serves 9     adjust servings

Only a few simple ingredients to make these healthy bars!



  1. In a food processor , add the oats, cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Pulse a few times.
  2. Then add the dates and pulse another few times.
  3. Add some water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough starts to come together.
  4. Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper.
  5. Press 1/2 the filling into the bottom of the pan. Press down hard with your palms so it packs tight.
  6. Spread some jam over the mixture. Make sure you leave about 1/2 inch around the border.
  7. Lastly, pack the remaining mixture on top of the jam layer. Pack this layer down tight as well.
  8. Place in the fridge to firm up. Only a few minutes.
  9. Use a pizza cutter to cut into bars and store in an airtight container. These should last a few weeks in the fridge.


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10 thoughts to “No Bake Oat Bars (Vegan and Gluten Free)”

  1. I made these as described but it didn't make enough dough to do two layers in an 8x8 pan ...they are super yummy but mine are more like a thin square with jam on top!
    1. I'm sorry that happened to you. :( Mine barely filled the 8x8 pan and they were thin as well. Almost the thickness of a regular nutirgrain bar. Glad you liked the taste!

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