For many summers is in full swing and it’s far too hot to even consider turning on the oven. While here in Scotland, it’s pleasant but not swelteringly hot or anything crazy. But I still do not want to spend hours with a hot oven on heating up my kitchen. And that is where no-bake treats like my No Bake Raspberry Almond Granola Bars are the answer to your prayers. They are sweet enough to satisfy cravings for something sweet but healthy enough, that they could almost be considered a health food! ☺️ Best of all they come together in a flash and no baking is involved.
These no bake raspberry almond granola bars are not a million miles away from my No Bake Peanut Butter Ginger Chocolate Chip Granola Bars. The principles are very much the same except this time almond butter is the nut butter of choice. Along with some ground almonds and almond flakes to really boost that almond flavour. So as you can imagine you really need to be a fan of almonds to enjoy these bars.
I’ve used freeze-dried fruit quite a few times on this blog. I think they are a great ingredient to use and more and more UK supermarkets are stocking them at a reasonable price. Are they available elsewhere in the world? Are they easy to find and are they cheap? I do hope so because the freeze-dried raspberries add a little touch of fruity zing to each and every bite. Adding fresh raspberries would make these Granola bars too wet. So if you can, when you make these use freeze dried fruit.
Everything else we have here in these no bake raspberry almond granola bars is all pretty straight forward and good for you. No hinky ingredients like shop bought granola bars. There is no hidden sugar or freaky E numbers. There is a little sweetness added via the agave nectar used to keep these Vegan. But feel free to use honey if that is not an issue for you. The golden syrup also works really well in this recipe for the Brits out there. 😁
We also have rolled oats, quick oats (see notes in the recipe for advice) and Rice Krispies. All these ingredients give us a soft yet crunchy granola bar that is perfect for snacking on and great for lunch boxes. As with my last no-bake granola bars, I recommend keeping these in the fridge, they keep a little longer and they are not so crumbly when you come to eat them. All in all, these are easy to make and packed full of nutty goodness. So what’s stopping you?
No Bake Raspberry Almond Granola Bars
- 260 grams almond butter (1 cup)
- 120 millilitres light agave nectar (1/2 cup)
- 140 grams rolled oats (1 and ½ cups)
- 55 grams quick oats (1/2 cup)
- 28 grams ground almonds (1/4 cup)
- 30 grams Rice Krispies (1 cup)
- 5 tablespoons almond flakes
- 9 grams freeze dried raspberries (1/3 cup)
- Line an 8x8 inch square tin with baking parchment and place to one side.
- In a large mixing bowl microwave on high for 30 seconds the almond butter and agave nectar. Stir the two ingredients together until they are well mixed.
- Pour in the oats, quick oats and ground almonds then mix until everything is well covered.
- Gently fold in the Rice Krispies, flaked almonds and freeze dried raspberries.
- Pour the mixture into your prepared tin and flatten it down with the back of a spoon.
- Place your tin in the freezer for 30 minutes.
- Take the tin out of the freezer and cut it into 10 bars. Wrap each bar in baking parchment to stop them sticking together.
- These bars are best kept in the fridge, but can be kept at room temperature but they will crumble a little bit more. They will be good for 10 days in the fridge and 5 days at room temperature.
- For the quick oats, I just used 2 sachets of instant oats/porridge. If you don't have any just pulse regular oats for a few seconds in a blender to break them up a little bit.
- Use Gluten Free oats if you need these bars to be free of any gluten.