No-Bake Spiced Pecan Granola Bars

No-bake spiced pecan granola bars, made with 8 simple ingredients in less than 15 minutes. This nutritious snack is vegan and gluten-free.

stack of three spiced pecan granola bars with chocolate on top

The perfect snack to transition from summer to fall (or to enjoy all year long). These no-bake granola bars are lightly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg and packed with nutritious ingredients, including dates, oats, pecans and coconut. Keep a batch in the freezer for quick snacks throughout the week. They’re also a perfect on-the-go snack. Bring them in your lunchbox at work or enjoy them as a travel snack.

Spiced Pecan Granola Bar Ingredients:

  • Medjool Dates: I highly recommend using Medjool dates for the best results. These are sweeter and stickier than Deglet Noor dates.
  • Pecans: These add a nutty texture and flavor to the bars. You can use other nuts if preferred. Cashews and walnuts are great options. I’m also sharing a nut-free option in the FAQ section.
  • Rolled Oats: Oats are the base of the bars, along with the dates and pecans. They’re important for the texture and add a dose of soluble fiber to the recipe. You can use quick oats if preferred.
  • Coconut: This recipe uses a small amount of shredded coconut for a light coconut flavor. You can skip this if you dislike coconut.
  • Spices and Salt: The bars are lightly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. You can easily add more spices if you’d like, or add pumpkin spice to the recipe.
  • Maple Syrup: This is optional if you want slightly sweeter bars. They can also help the bars stick, but you can use water instead if you want to keep the bars sweetened with dates.
  • Vegan Chocolate: You can add a chocolate drizzle on the bars, but this is optional. I love this vegan chocolate. White chocolate is also a lovely addition to the recipe.

How to Make No-Bake Spiced Pecan Granola Bars:

Here’s a little step-by-step guide on how to make no-bake spiced pecan granola bars.

  1. Combine the Ingredients

    Start by adding the dates, pecans, oats, coconut, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt to a food processor. Process until the mixture is crumbly.

  2. Add Liquid if Needed

    Add the maple syrup (if using) and process until combined. Add water if needed, 1/2 tablespoon at a time and process until the mixture sticks together when pressed.

  3. Form the Bars

    Press the granola bar mixture at the bottom of a glass dish. Cut into 9 bars, or more for smaller portions. Drizzle with chocolate if desired.

pecans, coconut, oats, dates and spices in measuring cups and bowls seen from the top
granola bar mixture in a food processor seen from the top
stack of three spiced pecan granola bars seen from the side

No-Bake Granola Bars FAQ:

Can I Make This Recipe Nut-Free?

Yes! You can replace the pecans with sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds (or a combination of the two). Keep in mind that the seeds will add a different flavor to the bars. I prefer to add a combination of seeds to avoid an overpowering flavor.

How Can I Make This Recipe Gluten-Free?

This recipe is naturally gluten-free, except for the oats, which are often contaminated with gluten. For a completely gluten-free recipe, use certified gluten-free oats.

Can I Use Quick Oats Instead of Rolled Oats?

Yes! You can use quick oats instead of rolled oats in this recipe since they will be processed with the other ingredients. There texture will be very similar.

More No-Bake Granola Bar Recipes:

And if you’re looking for another delicious snack using pecans, check out these Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites or these Pecan Pumpkin Spice Date Bites.

stack of three spiced pecan granola bars with a bite taken and melted chocolate drizzled on top

No-Bake Spiced Pecan Granola Bars Video:

No-Bake Spiced Pecan Granola Bars

No-bake spiced pecan granola bars, made with 8 simple ingredients in less than 15 minutes. This nutritious snack is vegan and gluten-free.
Course Snack
Cuisine gluten-free, vegan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 9

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pitted Medjool dates
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon water, more or less as needed
  • Vegan chocolate chips, dark or semi-sweet (optional for topping)

Instructions

  • Add the dates, pecans, oats, coconut, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt to a food processor. Process until the mixture is crumbly.
  • Add the maple syrup (if using) and process until combined. Add water if needed, 1/2 tablespoon at a time and process until the mixture sticks together when pressed.
  • Press the granola bar mixture at the bottom of a glass dish. Cut into 9 bars, or more for smaller portions. Drizzle with chocolate if desired.

Video

Notes

Store the granola bars in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for longer. They can be eaten straight from the freezer!
Use certified gluten-free oats if needed.
You can use quick oats if that’s what you have on hand.
You might not need to add water if you use maple syrup and if your dates are very soft and sticky. If your dates are dry and you skip the maple syrup, you will likely need 1-2 tablespoons of water.
Feel free to adjust the spices to taste. These are also delicious with a small amount of pumpkin spice mix.
 

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