Strawberry Freezer Granola Bars

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on July 23, 2012

Strawberry Granola Bars (gluten-free, vegan)I mentioned something about a new version of my Frosty No-Bake Granola Bars last week… I actually didn’t go into the kitchen to try to make a new version, I just put these together and then realized they were very similar, thus the name freezer granola bars.  These were actually inspired by a sandwich/toast we’ve been enjoying lately.  Instead of peanut butter and banana we’ve been doing peanut butter and strawberries(when we have them).  You’ve gotta try it, it’s so good 🙂

I did make these into bars at first.  They’re good, but I almond prefer them pushed into muffin tins.  Much less messy than cutting them into bars, although I did try to cut my bars too soon and they fell apart a little.  Just make sure to freeze them for long enough and they’ll be fine to cut through with a sharp knife.

These actually make a hot cup of tea bearable for me on a hot day 🙂

Speaking of hot day, it’s actually c0oled down here today!  Thank goodness!  I didn’t realize it until after I started my 8 loaves of bread(and I was a bit scared of how hot our house was going to be later!).  I know it’s still killer hot in so many places though, so I hope you’ll enjoy these bars.

Like I mentioned with the original bars, these don’t exactly travel well.  These aren’t very good once thawed, we all prefer them straight out of the freezer before they even start to warm up.  Maybe if they were right beside an ice pack they might make it till break time?  Let me know if you try it 🙂

Just a quick but important note… In response to a survey I did a while ago I’ve opened up the comment on all my old posts.  I had them closed to reduce the amount of spam, but I realized that I would much rather hear your opinions on the recipes after you’ve had a chance to make them.  I would love it if you could go back to any recipes you’ve tried and leave a comment with what you thought of it or with helpful tips for anyone that will try it in the future.  You can use the search bar in the sidebar or look through the recipe index (which I’ll try my best to update soon, since it’s been a while!)  Thank you so much!


Strawberry Freezer Granola Bars

Makes 20-24 bars

  • 3/4 C peanut butter
  • 1/3 C honey (maple syrup or brown rice syrup for vegan)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 large bananas, well mashed
  • 1/3 C ground flax
  • 3 C old fashioned rolled oats (make sure to use gluten-free oats, if needed)
  • 3 C crispy/crunchy cereal
  • 2-3 C fresh strawberries, chopped
  • 1/2 – 1 C chocolate chips

Prepare a 9×13 pan by lining it with plastic wrap or parchment or wax paper.  Or prepare two muffin tins with paper liners.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the peanut butter, honey, vanilla, mashed bananas and ground flaxseed.  Mix well and add the rolled oats and cereal and stir until incorporated.  Add the strawberries and chocolate chips and gently stir them in.  Press the mixture into the 9×13 pan or divide the mixture between the muffin cups and press down well.  Once the mixture is packed well, place them in the freezer and freeze completely, 4-6 hours or overnight.  Remove from the 9×13 pan and slice into bars.  Individually wrap and store in an airtight container in the freezer or simply remove from the muffin tin and place in an airtight container or sealable plastic bag to store in the freezer.


Instead of peanut butter try your favorite other nut butter such as almond butter- for nut-free try sunflower seed butter.

To make these vegan, use your favorite other liquid sweetener such as maple syrup, brown rice syrup, agave, etc.

I used a crispy brown rice cereal, but it does not stay crispy after the bars are frozen.  If you want some change in texture I recommend choosing a very crunchy cereal, for example, grape nuts would maintain their crunch even after the bars are frozen.


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1 Michelle April 26, 2014 at 11:08

Thank you for shring this beautiful and delicious granola bar recipe! I made them with almond butter and grape nuts as you suggested. They are amazing. My friend and I could not stop eating them!


2 julie e April 18, 2014 at 12:42

Hi, I am wondering if you have any suggestions for a substitute for peanut butter. These look great but my husband is allergic to peanuts and all kind of nuts basically (so we can’t use almond butter or anything else like that.) I would love to make these though!


3 Amber January 12, 2014 at 19:22

What can I use instead of flax seeds?


4 aghazy August 8, 2013 at 12:28

Is there anything you can use other than the bananas? Deathly allergic!


5 Heidi @ Food Doodles August 11, 2013 at 14:09

I’m sorry you can’t use bananas. I guess you could try applesauce, but then they wont be as “creamy” as these ones. If you try something different and you enjoy them, let me know! I’ve had a few people wanting to try these that can’t have bananas 🙁


6 Jen@TheFitHousewife July 28, 2012 at 12:46

Love strawberries and chocolate! What a great idea putting them into a muffin tin!


7 Kylie @ immaeatthat July 27, 2012 at 13:04

When I see you pictures on Healthy Aperture, I know they are yours before I even look at the blog name! They are always such pretty picture:)


8 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies July 24, 2012 at 16:44

I really love your blog. I’m a bit of a picky eater (people never believe this about me, but it’s true!) and just about everything you post is something I want to make immediately. This is another recipe to add to my list!


9 Erin @ Texanerin Baking July 24, 2012 at 15:01

Yummy! These are so pretty. I made some no bake chocolate raspberry oat ball thingies today but these sound even better. I’ve never tried putting my granola bars into the freezer but it sounds interesting. I’ll definitely give these a try at some point. And yay at opening up the old posts for comments! I hate not being able to leave feedback.


10 Jen @ Savory Simple July 24, 2012 at 07:22

Now that is some food porn. So many delicious ingredients in one bar!


11 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} July 24, 2012 at 07:00

Oh, Meghan would love these. I may have to try them soon!


12 chinmayie @ love food eat July 24, 2012 at 03:01

Great recipe! i love such healthy easy snacks.


13 Kathryn July 24, 2012 at 02:22

I love treats like this straight from the freezer, they cool you down and fill you up at the same time!


14 Angie@Angie's Recipes July 23, 2012 at 21:59

These granola bars are so tempting! Love the addition of strawberries here.


15 Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious July 23, 2012 at 19:56

I love how beautiful this looks, but has all of the healthy ingredients. I’d have to try these soon. Thanks for sharing.


16 The Café Sucré Farine July 23, 2012 at 19:08

I’m not sure if these are prettier or more delicious looking! I love the strawberries showing through, just lovely!


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