A Healthy Granola Bar

Granola bars can be deceiving.  They are touted as a ‘healthy’ snack option, but when you actually read the nutritional contents and ingredients of most bars, they are NOT healthy. To generalize, they usually have way too much sugar, and not enough protein. It’s been on my mind for a while that I need to make a granola bar recipes, and a few readers have even requested it.

I happened to recently notice a granola bar at Live Food Bar where I really liked the nutritional information…It was high protein, low sugar, and had a healthy dose of fat. AND it even tasted amazing! I read the ingredients and there were about 15 different ones, but I decided I could try and recreate it with the main ingredients. So recreate I did and I’m really happy with this bar!

Healthy Eating and Living - Healthy Granola Bars Recipe - by Mandy King

These healthy granola bars can be made 2 ways: with oats or quinoa flakes.  I prefer the quinoa flakes…but as you’re more likely to have oats on hand, either works.  These granola bars are:

  • Gluten free
  • Dairy free
  • No-bake (not all the ingredients are raw, so it’s not technically raw)
  • Vegan
  • Soy free
  • Nutritionist approved and delicious 🙂
  • (For a nut free version, substitute the almond butter with sunflower seed butter)

Prep Time:

10 mins

Cook Time:

0 mins

Total Time:

10 mins

Serves:

8

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa flakes OR quick rolled oats (gluten free if need be)
  • ½ cup crunchy almond butter
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • ¼ cup goji berries (optional)

Directions

  1. Put all ingredients in food processor and pulse until mixed
  2. (I find pulsing it vs full on mixing gives a better consistency)
  3. Drop contents of food processor into a loaf pan and flatten / press out
  4. Place in fridge for a couple of hours so the bars set
  5. Once set, cut into 8 bars and keep refrigerated until you eat them
  6. (I found they crumble easily if they're not refrigerated)

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