No Bake Granola Bars

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Soft and chewy No-bake Granola Bars are made with Montmorency® Dried Tart Cherries and sliced almonds. These bars are loaded with wholesome ingredients and a homegrown superfruit, making them the perfect breakfast or on-the-go snack.

Use any leftover dried tart cherries in these cherry scones.

Overhead image of No-bake Granola Bars with chocolate drizzled over the top.

I am so excited to be partnering up again this year with the Montmorency Tart Cherry Industry. I’ve loved sharing the message of this superfruit and recipes with tart cherries. Tart cherries are completely different from sweet cherries you pick up in the produce section of your store. If you’d like to learn more about them, how they’re different from the sweet ones, and the health benefits,  you can read this article.

Dried tart cherries are one of my favorite ingredients to use and they’re unbelievably good in these Montmorency Tart Cherry No-bake Granola Bars. Montmorency tart cherries are a homegrown superfruit known for their unique sour-sweet taste. This flavor pairs perfectly with the almond butter and honey I use in these no-bake bars.

Process shots-- images of the nuts and seeds being pulsed together.

How to make Montmorency Tart Cherry No-Bake Granola Bars

  • Pulse ingredients. Add sliced almonds and pepitas to a food processor. Pulse both ingredients to break them up a bit as large chunks will cause crumbly bars (You can opt to coarsely chop everything if you prefer).
  • Chop dried tart cherries. Using a sharp knife, give the Montmorency tart cherries a coarse chop. You can add them to the food processor, but they’re a bit sticky and seem to fare best when chopped by hand.
  • Combine dry ingredients. Once pulsed, combine the nuts, seeds, and cherries in a large bowl with the salt and oats. Mix it all together to combine.
  • Combine wet ingredients. In another bowl, combine the almond butter and honey. Microwave this mixture for 30 seconds then add the vanilla. Stir ingredients together until smooth.
  • Toss everything together. Toss the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until everything is well coated (I like to use a hand mixer for this part — the mixture is thick and sticky!). Transfer to a pan and press down to create a firm layer.
  • Add a drizzle of dark chocolate. Then store No-bake Granola Bars in the fridge until firm!

Process shots--images of the dried cherries; all the ingredients being added together in a bowl; being mixed together; the bars being put in the pan to harden; being cut and drizzled with chocolate.

No-bake Granola Bar notes

  • As tempting as it is to dig right in, these bars need to fully set up in the fridge before being cut. The time in the fridge allows the chocolate to harden and the oats to soften and absorb the moisture from the almond butter and honey.
  • Store the granola bars at room temperature in an airtight container, or wrap them up well and freeze them for long-term storage (up to 3 months).
  • These bars can easily be made gluten free. Just be sure the oats you are using are certified gluten-free and not processed in a factory with gluten/wheat ingredients.
  • After you mix everything together, add more almond butter or honey if things seem too dry or crumbly. Alternatively, add more oats or nuts if the mix seems too heavy.
  • Use good-quality dark chocolate for the topping: I like getting a dark chocolate bar with sea salt in it; this adds a very subtle touch of salt to the top of these No-bake Granola Bars – delicious!

Montmorency Tart Cherries

February is National Cherry Month and American Heart Month, so there are lots of reasons to celebrate Montmorency tart cherries this month! 

I mentioned earlier that these tart cherries are considered a superfruit with many science-based health benefits. Scientific research suggests tart cherries may help aid exercise recovery. Other studies have examined the impact of tart cherries on heart health, sleep, arthritis, and gout. It’s always a perk when something this healthy is also this delicious! 

Enjoying tart cherries

Unlike other superfruits, Montmorency tart cherries are available year-round in a wide range of forms, including dried, frozen, canned, juice, or juice concentrate. There are many different ways to enjoy them beyond these granola bars! For lots more tart cherry recipes, be sure to check out choosecherries.com.

Image of the no-bake Granola Bars stacked on top of each other with one laying on its side..

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Montmorency Tart Cherry No-Bake Granola Bars

5 from 2 votes
Soft and chewy (no baking required!) tart cherry No-bake Granola Bars. These bars are loaded with good, wholesome ingredients and are the perfect breakfast or on-the-go snack.
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Montmorency Tart Cherry No-Bake Granola Bars

5 from 2 votes
Soft and chewy (no baking required!) tart cherry No-bake Granola Bars. These bars are loaded with good, wholesome ingredients and are the perfect breakfast or on-the-go snack.
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword granola bars
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 16 bars
Calories 249kcal
Cost $6.20

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup shelled, roasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 2/3 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1 and 3/4 cups quick oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 cup creamy almond butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate, coarsely chopped from a dark chocolate bar

Instructions

  • PREP: Line a 9x9-inch pan with parchment paper. Leave an overhang for easy removal of bars.
  • DRY INGREDIENTS: Add the sliced almonds and pepitas to a food processor. Pulse for about 7-10 seconds (on chop setting), until the nuts are broken up. Add to a large bowl. With a sharp knife, coarsely chop the dried Montmorency tart cherries (they don't chop well in the food processor). Place in the bowl with the nuts. Add in the quick oats and salt. Stir together.
  • WET INGREDIENTS: In another bowl, add the creamy almond butter and honey. Microwave for 30 seconds. Remove and pour in the vanilla extract. Stir for about 30 seconds to one minute or until well blended.
  • COMBINE: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Use a hand mixer (or your hands) to mix/knead the mixture together until combined. This takes a little effort, but it will come together. Once the ingredients are well combined, pour into the prepared pan and firmly into place with your hands. Use the bottom of a 1 cup measuring cup to really press and pack the mixture together in one even layer. Press firmly here to avoid crumbling later.
  • CHOCOLATE: Coarsely chop up a dark chocolate bar and place in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 15 seconds, stir for 15 seconds, and if needed return to the microwave and repeat for another heat/stir cycle until smooth and melted. Using a spatula, transfer the melted chocolate to a small bag and snip off the top (or use a pastry bag fitted with a #3 tip). Drizzle chocolate all over the bars.
  • FIRMING UP: Refrigerate the pan for 30 minutes to an hour or until the chocolate is hardened and the bars are firm. When you’re ready to slice, lift the bars out of the pan by using the overhang from the parchment paper. Use a sharp knife to cut into 16 bars (7 vertical cuts and 1 horizontal cut down the middle).

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Nutrition Facts

Calories: 249kcal

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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you! I’ve actually been looking for something healthy but still delicious to snack on and have quickly in the mornings. These turned out so pretty also!

  2. 5 stars
    Ohh I am so saving this recipe. I work long shifts and need simple snacks I can keep in my pockets and that are great for you. I can not wait to make these, I know I am going to have coworkers picking at my pockets:))

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