Healthy No-Bake Nutella Granola Bars

Would you hate me if I told you it’s still super hot here in Texas?  I don’t know where YOU are located, but I bet you probably don’t have shorts+tank top weather, right?  Well, I was craving granola bars but didn’t want to step foot near the oven, sooooo these Healthy No-Bake Nutella Granola Bars happened.  They’re sweet and chewy and 100% chocolatey and decadent, yet secretly refined sugar free, high protein, high fiber and gluten free!

Healthy No-Bake Nutella Granola Bars (refined sugar free, high protein, high fiber, gluten free) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Homemade granola bars are usually baked and end up crunchy and crumbly.  There’s a time and a place for crumbly foods, but when you’re hungry and on the go, trying to munch on a crispy, messy bar while driving to work isn’t really ideal.

*glances over at the crumbs all over my car floors and seats*

Healthy No-Bake Nutella Granola Bars (refined sugar free, high protein, high fiber, gluten free) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

If you’d rather snack on Clif bars rather than Nature Valley bars, then I think these Healthy No-Bake Nutella Granola Bars are right up your alley.

They are SO incredibly easy to make.  All you gotta do is put the ingredients in a bowl, mix, refrigerate, and slice.  They’re the perfect snack to keep on hand for when you’re hungry and too busy to cook breakfast every morning.  But really now, these are the perfect snacks for chocolate lovers at any time, whether you’re busy or completely free 😏

Healthy No-Bake Nutella Granola Bars (refined sugar free, high protein, high fiber, gluten free) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

I expected these granola bars to be mildly sweet, seeing as how they’re refined sugar free, but at first bite, I was surprised at the decadent sweetness.  I could taste the chocolate (of course) and most definitely the hazelnut.

One bite, two bites, three bites, INHALE.

How good are these bars?  So good, you’ll inhale them.  And WHY are they so good?

They’re made with this BOMB CHOCOLATE-HAZELNUT SPREAD 🍫🌰

Healthy No-Bake Nutella Granola Bars (refined sugar free, high protein, high fiber, gluten free) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Naturally More® isn’t just a nut butter company, they take nut butters to the next level.  They make Organic Peanut Butter, Protein-Packed Peanut Butter, and Probiotic-Infused Almond Butter and Chocolate-Hazelnut Butter.  All of their products are non-GMO, gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan (whoop whoop!), including my all-time favorite nut butter of theirs:  this Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread with Probiotics and Flax 🙌

It’s nutty, slightly sweet, with a hint of salt.  It’s got 80% less sugar and 65% more protein than Nutella.  Not to mention, probiotics to support immune health and digestive health.

Winning! 😎

Healthy No-Bake Nutella Granola Bars (refined sugar free, high protein, high fiber, gluten free) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

10 bars

Healthy No-Bake Nutella Granola Bars

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Line a 9" brownie pan with parchment paper both ways.
  2. In a stand mixer with with beater attachment, add the applesauce, chocolate-hazelnut spread and stevia extract.  Mix on low speed.
  3. Turn off the stand mixer and add the protein powder, cocoa powder and salt.  Mix on low speed until fully combined.
  4. Dump in the oats and mix until fully combined.  Scoop the mixture into the prepared pan and spread it out.  Place a sheet of parchment paper on top and press the mixture down further until compact.  Cover the pan and refrigerate overnight.
  5. The next day, slice and serve!  To store, place the granola bars on a plate lined with a sheet of parchment paper and keep in the refrigerator.  Keeps for ~1 week.

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If you’re looking for even more decadence, simply add ⅓ cup of mini dark chocolate chips to the recipe!

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Here is the recipe’s nutrition label:

Healthy No-Bake Nutella Granola Bars (refined sugar free, high protein, high fiber, gluten free) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

A yummy energy-filled granola bar that’s ALSO filled with a whopping 19g of protein and 7.5g of fiber??

YASSSSS 😍

Healthy No-Bake Nutella Granola Bars (refined sugar free, high protein, high fiber, gluten free) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

These soft, chewy, sweet and delicious (secretly healthy) No-Bake Nutella Granola Bars make for the perfect breakfast, especially with some coffee on the side ☕️

Enjoy!

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– Jess

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10 comments on “Healthy No-Bake Nutella Granola Bars

  1. Hi! I think your recipes are great but I was just wondering what I can do to replace the chocolate protein powder with? Can I just substitute more cocoa powder or flour? I am not really into eating that much protein

    • Jessica | Desserts With Benefits

      I think you could double the cocoa powder to 60g (3/4 cup) but be sure to increase the erythritol too (I would double that too) because the protein powder comes pre-sweetened. I wouldn’t add flour because raw flour has a strange taste.

      Taste the “batter” as you go along. I’m sure this recipe can be widely adapted since it is no-bake, just note that the “batter” should be very fudgy looking, like a glossy frosting with oats in it. If it’s too liquidy, add more cocoa powder/erythritol, if it’s too dry, add some more coconut milk. I hope this works for you, enjoy! 🙂

    • Thanks! Ill be sure to try it 🙂

  2. Yum! These look delicious and so simple! Do you think they would be good with almond butter instead of hazelnut? Thanks for the recipe 🙂

    • Jessica | Desserts With Benefits

      Mmmm almond butter would be delicious! Although it won’t have that “nutella” flavor, I’m sure it will still be amazing 🙂

  3. Weirdly enough, it’s been 80 degrees the past 2 days over here in Pennsylvania, but last week it was in the 50s! The LAST thing I wanna do today is turn on my oven so these granola bars are PERFECT!! And Nutella. YASSSSS!

  4. I realize this would completely change the flavour profile of this wonderful recipe; however. I’d like to make use of what I have. I’d like to ask whether the following substitutions would work for structure:
    1) Pumpkin puree for apple sauce?
    2) Almond butter for nutella spread?
    3) Whey isolate for whey concentrate (the link you provided is a whey concentrate)?

    Thanks so much for all the hard work you put in your blog. You’re awesome!

    • Thank you so much!! I haven’t tried those substitutions but I would imagine they would work just fine.
      1) Since pumpkin is a tad bit thicker than applesauce, I would recommend adding ~1 Tbs extra to the recipe.
      2) Since almond butter isn’t flavored, you may need to add a few more drops of stevia. Since you’re using pumpkin, maybe try adding some cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves (or pumpkin pie spice)!
      3) I don’t have much experience with the isolate, but feel free to try it out 🙂
      -Jess

  5. Can I use your Nutella recipe for this instead of the hazelnut butter you are recommending?

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