If you’ve never made granola bars at home before, I’ve got great news for you: they’re so easy to make! After you make granola and/or granola bars the first time, you’ll wonder why you haven’t done it before. At least, that’s how I felt after the first time. Below you’ll find a tasty nut free easy DIY granola bar recipe that’s perfect for packing in lunches and/or snacking on.
Free From: Wheat/Gluten, Dairy, Egg, Soy, Tree Nut (including Coconut), Peanut, Fish, Shellfish, Top 8 Allergens, Sesame, Alliums, Apple, Avocado, Banana, Beans & Lentils, Buckwheat, Cane/Refined Sugar, Carrot, Celery, Cinnamon, Citrus, Cruciferous, Garlic, Latex Cross Reactive Foods (H/M), Legume, Lupin, Mushroom, Mustard, Nightshade, Onion, Pea & Pea Protein, Potato (Nightshade Variety), Poultry, Red Meat, Seeds, Squash & Gourd, Strawberry, Sweet Potato & Yam, Tapioca/Cassava/Yuca/Manioc, Tomato, Yeast
Friendly To: EOE, Vegan
Compatible With: Rice Free, Seed Free
For Rice Free: Use an alternative chocolate chip. The top 9 free white chocolate chips we use contain rice. You may have to swap for a dairy free milk chocolate instead.
For Seed Free: Omit the chia seed meal. If you have an alternative low-flavor nutrition-boosting powder available to you, include that instead.
Are Granola Bars Healthy For You?
This is a question we see a lot. The answer is in a gray area. First, it depends on how you define “healthy”. Our personal take on the matter: if you’re using safe-for-you ingredients, ingredients you can pronounce, don’t load your bars with sugar, and eat them in moderation, there’s no issue.
That seems to be the underlying answer: moderation. Feed your body the good stuff, indulge when you’d like, and enjoy your food.
When it comes to “healthy” food in our home, I try not to stress too much about it. There’s veg in almost ever meal, and sure, there’s cake around too. When I look at the big picture of what the kids are eating, we’re doing just fine.
Awesome Tool: The Granola Bar Pan
You can make this gluten free granola bar recipe on a sheet pan. You’ll want to press it down to the height of a granola bar, then cut into bars after cooking.
Orrrrrrrr… You can take the easy road and use a Granola Bar Pan. When I first saw this I was like… hmm.. very interesting. The owner sent us one to try and I was sold in a matter of 5 minutes.
The Granola Bar Pan comes with a press so you can flatten the top. The end result: a super authentic granola bar made at home. There’s something so magical about having the perfect shape every time.
The pan is oven safe, freezer safe, and dishwasher safe.
How To Store Your Granola Bars
I like to use a small treat-bag for storing our homemade granola bars. You can then freeze them and pull them out as needed. Alternatively, you can keep them at room temperature for a week, or in your fridge for two. We use the freezer method and the kids know they can eat them whenever they’d like.
If you’d like a recipe that has less sweetener, use our Chocolate Chip Granola Bar recipe instead (vegan, gluten free, top 9 allergy free, corn free).
Helpful Resource: Incredible Ingredient: Tiger Nuts (tuber, NOT a nut)
- Mixing Bowl
- Granola Bar Pan (optional)
- 700 g Organic GF PP Rolled Oats
- 84 g Organic Freeze Dried Raspberries
- 250 g White Chocolate Chips
- 560 mL Organic Maple Syrup
- 1 tsp Sea Salt
- 55 mL Neutral Flavored Oil (6 TBSP) We used Tiger Nut (tuber, NOT a nut)
- 45 g Chia Seed Meal 6 TBSP
- 2 tsp Organic Vanilla Extract
- Preheat oven to 350f
- Crush your freeze dried fruit a bit before using.
- Combine all of the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
- Divide the mix into 48 portions. We used the Granola Bar Pan with a press to do this. It also creates the authentic granola bar shape.
- If using a sheet pan, bake on parchment paper.
- Bake at 350 for 20 - 25 minutes. If your bars are too thick, the bake time is longer, and they can start to burn a bit at the edges. before being done in the center.