Did you know that most commercial granola bars are loaded with…
factory-made sugar syrups and unhealthy fats? Homemade granola bars can be a great healthy snack on the go, and can also allow you to incorporate more nutrient-rich ingredients and superfoods into your family’s diet.
I originally developed this recipe using peanut butter and chopped almonds, however I’ve since adapted it to be completely nut-free, and it’s still just as delicious!
These bars are rich in protein, fibre, and healthy fats, and no baking is required.
Nut-Free Granola Bars
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
1/3 cup shelled hemp seeds (hemp hearts)
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
2/3 cup unsweetened dried coconut
3 cups quick cooking organic oats
2 tablespoons ground chia seeds
1/4 cup organic butter or coconut oil
1/2 cup sunflower seed butter
1/2 cup honey
handful of chocolate chips (optional)
Lightly toast first four ingredients in a skillet over medium heat. Toss frequently for 5 minutes or until golden.
Combine seed butter, coconut oil or butter, and honey in a small pot over low heat. Stir until warm and combined.
In a large mixing bowl, stir together oats, ground chia seeds, and toasted seed mixture.
Pour the warm honey mixture into the dry ingredients and combine.
Stir in chocolate chips if using. These will melt into the granola mixture.
Transfer mixed ingredients into a 9” by 13” baking dish. Pack down evenly with a spatula.
Chill bars in refrigerator. Cut into squares and transfer to an air-tight container.
Store in refrigerator for up to one week.