Cool off on hot summer days with these frozen Greek yogurt granola bars! They're made with creamy frozen Greek yogurt that has been sweetened with honey layered on top of a crunchy, chewy oat granola base. They can be easily customized by adding your favorite fruit toppings and make the perfect healthy breakfast, snack, or dessert.
These no-bake, homemade frozen yogurt bars combine frozen yogurt bark with a granola bar, resulting in a delicious healthy treat that the whole family will love. Frozen yogurt bark is delicious on its own, but I wanted to add a chewy granola base for more texture and flavor.
These are so much better than store-bought bars! They're tasty, refreshing, and super convenient to store in the freezer and pull out before leaving the house or when you want a sweet treat. Your ice cream cravings will be satisfied!
Why You'll Love This
- Refined sugar free- This recipe is naturally sweetened with honey instead of white table sugar or high fructose corn syrup.
- Fiber, healthy fats, and protein- Whole rolled oats add dietary fiber to this recipe, and the Greek yogurt and almonds have healthy fats and protein to keep you fuller for longer.
- Customizable- You can use different kinds of fruit, nuts, and other toppings to adjust the flavor to your preference. This is great for picky eaters, and these bars are great to make with kids.
- No bake- No baking required! Simply pop the bars in the freezer for a few hours and they're ready to go.
Here are some notes about the ingredients used. For the full ingredient list, see the recipe card below.
- Greek yogurt- Using Greek style yogurt makes the texture extra smooth, rich, and creamy. Use plain, full-fat Greek yogurt. I don't recommend Greek yogurts with a lower fat content because the bars will be less creamy.
- Honey- Honey is used to naturally sweeten the granola base and yogurt. Any kind of honey works, but I prefer raw, light-colored honey like this clover honey because of its floral taste and health benefits.
- Creamy almond butter- I love using almond butter to add a sweet, nutty flavor. It also makes the granola chewy and helps it stick together. Make sure to buy the creamy style.
- Whole rolled oats- Whole rolled oats keep their shape and have a nice texture. My favorite are from Bob's Red Mill.
- Greek yogurt: To make the bars dairy-free or vegan, use a dairy free Greek-style yogurt.
- Honey: Use agave nectar, date syrup, or maple syrup instead of honey to make the recipe vegan.
- Almond butter: Use any creamy-style nut butter instead of almond butter. Cashew butter is my favorite alternative. If you're nut-free, use sunflower butter or tahini instead.
- Almonds: You can substitute any nut for the almonds, like pistachios, pecans, and walnuts. If you're nut-free, use chocolate chips or sunflower seeds.
Helpful Equipment and Tools
- Square baking pan- I love this one from USA Pan because of it's flat, harsh edges. This makes it easy to clip parchment paper to the sides so you can easily lift the bars out. The 8x8 inch and 9x9 inch pans both work.
Step by Step Instructions
Frozen yogurt granola bars are super easy to make at home. You will need a square baking pan, parchment paper, 2 large mixing bowls, a rubber spatula, measuring cups, and measuring spoons. No food processor or blender required!
STEP 1: Prepare the granola base. First, mix the oats, almond butter, honey, almonds, and sea salt together in a large bowl with a rubber spatula or large spoon. The oats should be completely coated with almond butter.
STEP 2: Line the pan and add the oat mixture. Cut a 16-inch piece of parchment in half the short way. Then, place one half into the square pan and press it down, creasing the corners so it stays in place. Then, place the other half of parchment into the pan perpendicular to the first half. Make sure all the edges of the pan are covered. This makes clean up super easy!
Then, press the oat mixture into the pan, using your hands or a spoon to press it down tightly in the edges and corners to prevent the yogurt from leaking.
STEP 3: Prepare the Greek yogurt layer. In a clean mixing bowl, whisk the Greek yogurt, honey, and vanilla extract together. Then, pour the yogurt over the oat layer. Then, spread the yogurt evenly across the pan with a rubber spatula, butter knife, or back of a large spoon.
STEP 4: Pop in the freezer. Place the pan in the freezer for 4 hours or until the yogurt is completely frozen.
TIP - If you want to add berries to the bars, add them before freezing. This way, the berries won't fall off!
STEP 5: Slice and serve. Remove the granola bars from the freezer. Then, add any toppings you like such as fresh fruit and berries, nut butter, and chocolate chips. Slice the bars into 16 squares and serve.
TIP - To make slicing the frozen bars easier, run a sharp metal knife under hot water for about 15 seconds. Then, wipe the water off with a paper towel and slice. For clean and even slices, wipe the knife off after each cut.
- If you prefer thicker yogurt bars, try using Icelandic-style yogurt (also called skyr) instead of Greek yogurt.
- Make sure that the yogurt you use is full fat. 0% or non-fat Greek yogurt will work in a pinch, but the frozen yogurt won't be as creamy.
- Make sure to carefully line your 8x8 or 9x9 pan with parchment paper for easy clean up.
- If you want to add a nut butter or jammy swirl, add dollops to the yogurt and make large swirls with a toothpick before freezing.
Additions and Variations
There are so many ways you can customize this recipe! Here are a few ideas.
- Thinly sliced strawberries
- Banana slices
- Flax seeds
- Chia seeds
- Hemp hearts
- Honey drizzle
- Melted dark chocolate drizzle
- Chocolate chips
- You can use flavored yogurt to change the bars. For example, you can make tropical frozen yogurt bars by using key lime yogurt and topping with macadamia nuts, pineapple, kiwi, and toasted coconut flakes.
- Add chopped pretzels or brown rice crisps to the granola base for a salty flavor and additional crunch.
- Mix fresh berries, fruit, or jam into the yogurt before freezing for added sweetness, fruitiness, and a pop of color.
Frequently Asked Questions
They are gluten free if you use certified gluten free whole rolled oats and toppings!
Yes. If you use sweetened or flavored Greek yogurt, don't add honey to it.
Yogurt with a higher fat content will freeze better. 0% or non-fat yogurt has more water, so it will be more icy when frozen. Greek yogurt and skyr are both naturally thicker, so they'll freeze better too.
They have more protein, fiber, healthy fats, and less calories than a comparable ice cream bar or sandwich.
Make Ahead and Storage
- Make ahead- You can make the oat granola base and the yogurt mixture ahead of time. This is helpful if you don't have time to assemble the bars at the moment. Prepare each of them separately and then store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days until you're ready to assemble the bars. Store the granola base in the pan covered in plastic wrap, and store the yogurt in an airtight container.
- Freezer- Store the yogurt bars uncut in the freezer for up to a month. Cover the uncut bars in the pan with plastic wrap. If you cut the bars in squares, store them in an airtight container or freezer bag.
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Frozen Greek Yogurt Granola Bars
- 1 square baking pan 8x8 or 9x9
- Read the ingredient and recipe notes before beginning.
- Mix the oats, almond butter, honey, almonds, and sea salt together in a large bowl with a rubber spatula or large spoon. The oats should be completely coated with almond butter and honey.2 cups whole rolled oats, 1 cup almond butter, ⅓ cup honey, ½ cup almonds, ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- Line your square pan with parchment paper (see recipe notes for tips). Then, press the oat mixture into the pan, using your hands or a spoon to press it down evenly and tightly in the edges and corners.
- In a clean large mixing bowl, mix the Greek yogurt, honey, and vanilla extract together until well combined.2 cups plain Greek yogurt, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 3 tablespoon honey
- Pour the yogurt over the oat layer. Then, spread the yogurt evenly across the pan with a rubber spatula, butter knife, or back of a large spoon. Add any desired toppings.
- Place the pan in the freezer (covered or uncovered) for 4 hours or until the yogurt is completely frozen. Cut into 16 pieces with a sharp knife and serve cold.