Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Grain-Free Granola Bars

I designed this recipe for some non-paleo friends looking for a healthier alternative to packaged granola bars for their kids. If you're not into grain-free baked goods, feel free to pass this one by. And while I won't dub these goodies "paleo" I am certainly proud that they are gluten, grain, dairy and refined sugar-free.

Just as you can in my many breakfast cookie recipes, you can use whatever mix-ins you choose to customize these bars. Since my kids were home for a snow day and helping me make these, it's no real surprise that Enjoy Life chocolate chips factored into the equation.

I have tried these both with an egg and with a chia seed egg replacement and they were equally tasty. I added 1/2 tsp. baking powder when making them with the chia.

Grain-Free Granola Bars

1 cup almond meal
1 cup total mixed raw nuts pieces & seeds
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
2 tbs. ground flaxseed
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 egg OR 1 tbs. chia seed mixed with 3 tbs. water or non-dairy milk
1/4 cup raw honey or maple syrup
1/2 cup raw almond or cashew butter
1/4 cup Enjoy Life dairy-free chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl.

Use an electric mixer to combine egg, liquid sweetener and nut butter until well-blended. Gradually add dry ingredients. Stir in chocolate chips, if using.

Press mixture into a greased 8x8 baking dish and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

Allow to cool thoroughly before cutting. I always refrigerate or freeze these for a couple of hours to really get them firm. They also hold their shape and taste best when kept cold.


  1. I just took mine out of the oven and they smell fantastic!! I hope the kids I sit for like them because they just smell so irresistible!!

    1. I hope they liked them! They're lucky to have a sitter who bakes them healthy treats!

  2. Made these and added spirulina powder to the mix. Turned out good in taste but the texture is more muffin/cake like than a granola bar. I cut into 8 servings, each serving is 383 calories, more than I want for my breakfast, so I will cut each serving in half. The ratio of Fat, Carbs, Protein is 67%, 20%, 12% so pretty paleo indeed...although I typically shoot for 60%, 20%, 20%. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. I just made these this week, and they are delicious!! What makes them non-paleo though?

    1. Well, they are grain and dairy-free Natalee, but many consider bars, cookies and the like not strictly paleo because they're treats ;)

  4. Where does one find raw nut butters?

  5. Where does one find raw nut butters?

  6. My kids have grown suspicious of any paleo baked goods, and I get it. I have often been disappointed but these are so good! For the mixed nuts I used 1/3 cup cashews, 1/3 cup walnuts and 1/3 cup almonds. I ground them down a bit leaving some chunks and put that in with the almond flour. My 13 year old gave me a high five and said "Success!" My 11 year old said, "More chocolate chips." He still liked them and I love them for a grab and go snack. Thanks!

  7. Hi,
    Do you have the nutritional information for each bar?