Elderberry No Bake Granola Bars

These healthy, nut free elderberry no bake granola bars are so easy to make that they’ll show up in your lunch box every week.  With soaked oatmeal, coconut oil, dried elderberries and honey these bars are homemade treat you and the kids will love! 

Elderberries are a popular immune boosting choice for making homemade wellness supplements.  They are one of our favorite herbal plants to use for things like Elderberry Syrup, which you can make a few different ways.  See below for instructions.

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You can put your elderberry syrup in any jar with a lid, but if you’d like to have quality jars and labels, I invite you to check out the shop section of my favorite online herb school, The Herbal Academy.  They have a nice tincture bottle set, assorted labels and stickers, as well as high quality foraging scissors for harvesting elderberries fresh from the plant.  To see what else they have that you might like, please click on the Herbal Academy ad below to visit their site.

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To Dehydrate Elderberries

Be sure to only harvest completely ripe berries because unripe berries are toxic.  You can grow your own elderberries or forage them if they grow wild in your area.

  1. Wash ripe berries and pick off all the stems.
  2. Lay them out evenly on dehydrator sheets.  Or, lay them out evenly onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet, if you don’t have a dehydrator.
  3. Set the dehydrator to around 125F/52C.  Or, set your oven as low as it will go.
  4. It can take 12 hours or more to dehydrate the berries completely in the dehydrator.  The berries will probably take less time in the oven, so be sure to check them often.
  5. The berries will look like tiny raisins when they’re done.  Be sure to let them cool completely before you store them.  I like to store my dried berries in quart sized canning jars.  They should last up to a year, although we usually use ours up way before then.

To learn about a bit more about elderberry preservation, including how to dry them with only the sun, here are 3 Beginner Friendly Methods of Drying Elderberries from Drying All Foods.

Elderberry No Bake Granola Bars Recipe

You can use plain dehydrated elderberries in this recipe, or you can use the leftover cream-soaked elderberries from our fabulous elderberry torte.  

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The recipe calls for soaked oats and gives instructions on how to make them, but you can also use dry oats.  

One last thing, this recipe is really so simple that you can have the kids help you make it.  Your children can even help you forage the elderberries, with a little instruction.  After the recipe, you can look for a short video with tips for making these no bake granola bars even easier!

Elderberry No Bake Granola Bars
Prep Time
15 mins
Refrigeration Time
4 hrs
 

These healthy, nut free elderberry no bake granola bars are so easy to make that they'll show up in your lunch box every week.  With soaked oatmeal, coconut oil, dried elderberries and honey these bars are homemade treat you and the kids will love!  

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: elderberry, granola, nobake
Serving Suggestion: 6
Ingredients
  • 4 cups Oats, soaked or dry See notes for instructions on soaking oats for this recipe.
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 1/2 cup Coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup Coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup Coconut butter
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 cup Elderberries, dried
  • 1 cup Dark chocolate chips, optional
Instructions
  1. Line a 9 x 11 glass dish with parchment paper.

  2. Mix oats, salt, elderberries and chocolate chips in one bowl.

  3. Melt the honey, coconut sugar, coconut oil, coconut butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir to prevent scorching. When melted, remove from heat and cool a few minutes. Stir in vanilla.

  4. Add melted mixture to oat mixture and mix very well.

  5. Turn the oat mixture into the dish and press down firmly until the mixture is even. Use a piece of parchment paper on top of the mixture to press evenly and prevent your hands from getting sticky. Continue to press until you're sure the mixture is very firmly in place. If it is loose, the bars will not hold together.

  6. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. When done, remove parchment paper and cut granola bars with a pizza cutter. Individually wrap in parchment paper or beeswax wraps to keep from sticking.

  7. Store at room temperature for 3-5 days, or longer in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

To improve digestion, you can soak your oats with the following instructions:

  1. Place the oats in a bowl and cover them with water. 
  2. Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or whey. 
  3. Soak overnight on the counter.
  4. In the morning, rinse them thoroughly in a colander or sieve. 
  5. Dry the soaked oats in the oven or dehydrator by following the same instructions you did for dehydrating elderberries.  You can raise the temperature on the dehydrator to dry them more quickly.  If you'd like to use the oven, preheat it to 350F/177C and toast the oats for about 8 minutes.

If your bars aren't holding together, return the oat mixture to the bowl and add another 1/4 cup of melted coconut butter to it.  Mix thoroughly and re-press into the dish.  Return the dish to the refrigerator for 4 hours. 

Grow and Use Your Own Elderberries

Elderberry bushes grow easily in most backyard gardens and wild in many areas in the U.S.  The bushes produce a profusion of berries every year.  While elderberry bushes can take up a substantial amount of space, the benefits they provide make them well worth it.

Learning to use elderberries and other wellness herbs is something everyone can do.  Perhaps this is your year to plant some of your own!  Even if you decide to purchase your elderberries, you can certainly learn to use them in your home with confidence.  The Herbal Academy also has online courses that might interest you.  I’ll let you check those out below:

Begin your Herbal Journey in the Introductory Herbal Course
For some quality reading in the meantime, here are some helpful elderberry links.

Elderberry Articles


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12 thoughts on “Elderberry No Bake Granola Bars

  1. I never thought about using elderberries in granola! What an easy way to get an extra dose of elderberry! I’ve been a little hesitant about using store-bought dried elderberries because it’s hard to know if they were dried with enough heat to completely deactivate the alkaloids. I’m sure I’m being way more cautious than needed! Maybe next year, I can forage enough to make my regular amount of syrup and also heat dry some to have available for recipes like this! 🙂

    1. Great point about the heat processing! If you do manage to forage enough, these dry well on a screen in the air. I use a screen door covered with a fitted sheet elevated on sawhorses. I think I remember you guys are moving but once you land, they grow SO easily in the backyard garden.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  2. These look delicious! I haven’t thought of putting elderberry in baked goods like this. I’m going to try these this weekend!

    1. So glad you liked the recipe, Shannon! Elderberries are lovely for baking because they have a berry flavor that’s not too overwhelming. Let me know if you make something with them and how it turns out!

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