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Healthy Granola Bars (Sugar-Free, Grain-Free)

4.67 from 9 votes
My Healthy Granola Bars recipe combines slivered almonds, my favorite nuts, seeds, flax, and sugar-free chocolate to make a granola bar that can be enjoyed by anyone!
Healthy Granola Bar

Hi Bold Bakers!

After the success of Gemma’s Homemade Granola Bars recipe, I wanted to follow up with a granola bar featuring all the best bits of granola but no grain or sugar. While I love oats, anyone that is trying out a lower-carb lifestyle might not be eating them. My Healthy Granola Bars recipe combines slivered almonds, my favorite nuts, seeds, flax, and sugar-free chocolate to make a granola bar that can be enjoyed by anyone!

Are these granola bars good for diabetics?

My recipe for Healthy Granola Bars has zero refined sugar. Baking without sugar or grain is my specialty, and while this might sound impossible there are so many products and ingredients out there that make healthy baking accessible. My recipe uses one of my favorite liquid sweetener alternatives: monkfruit maple syrup. This maple syrup is zero glycemic so it is great for diabetics or people that want to keep their blood sugar nice and even.

The nuts and seeds then add fat and fiber that will keep you full and satisfied, and the coconut and chocolate make this a true treat!

Why won’t my granola bars hold their shape?

If for some reason you feel like your granola bars are going to crumble, I suggest you make sure they have been baked for the full time and are fully golden brown across the whole sheet of granola, not just the edges. Evenly baking these bars is what really helps all the ingredients adhere to each other. The monkfruit maple syrup and the coconut oil in these bars act like a glue holding everything together, so you shouldn’t have to worry about these bars holding their shape!

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Can I add to my granola bars?

What I love about my Healthy Granola Bars recipe is that it’s what I like to call a “kitchen sink recipe.” It has EVERYTHING I keep in my cupboard, and for this reason, it’s super adaptable. Feel free to add in dried fruits, dates, or even switch up the combination of nuts depending on your taste.

Can I use different nuts?

I used my personal favorite mix of nuts in this recipe, but aside from the slivered almonds, the nuts and seeds can be switched out for whatever you have on hand. These would be just as awesome with a mix of cashews, pistachios, and hazelnuts, YUM!

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Healthy Granola Bars Recipe

4.67 from 9 votes
My Healthy Granola Bars recipe combines slivered almonds, my favorite nuts, seeds, flax, and sugar-free chocolate to make a granola bar that can be enjoyed by anyone!
Author: Olivia Crouppen
Servings: 16 bar
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
My Healthy Granola Bars recipe combines slivered almonds, my favorite nuts, seeds, flax, and sugar-free chocolate to make a granola bar that can be enjoyed by anyone!
Author: Olivia Crouppen
Servings: 16 bar

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (10oz/184g) slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup (2 ½oz/71g) walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup (2 ½oz/71g) pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup (1oz/28g) shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • 1/3 cup (1 ½oz/43g) pumpkin seeds
  • 1/3 cup (1 ½oz/43g) sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup (1 ½oz/43g) ground flax
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, butter or ghee, melted
  • 1/4 cup (2oz/57g) Swerve, Lakanto sugar, or coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla, optional
  • 1/3 cup (2 ½ floz/71ml) Lakanto maple syrup, date syrup, or honey

Instructions

  • Pre-heat your oven to 350°F (180°C) then line a 13 x 9-inch baking tray with parchment paper, set aside. 
  • In a large bowl combine all the nuts, seeds, coconut, flax, spices, and salt. Stir to combine.
  • Next, add in the coconut oil and Swerve and toss until the mixture is fully coated and shiny.
  • Lastly, add in the Lakanto maple syrup and vanilla and mix until the mixture is evenly coated. It will not be super sticky at this point but everything should be evenly coated in the syrup. 
  • Transfer the granola mixture to the prepared baking tray and spread it out evenly using the back of your spatula to compact it.
  • Bake the granola bars for 25 - 30 minutes, or until the top is nice and golden brown.
  • Allow to cool before removing the entire sheet from the baking tray and cut into 16 bars. 
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Granola Bars Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 bar)
Calories 201 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Sodium 94mg4%
Potassium 64mg2%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 2g2%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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vimms
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vimms
4 months ago

Hi Gemma…is there an option for shredded coconut…also my granola bars dont turn out thick …they crumble when i cut them

Tonoa
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Tonoa
6 months ago

I have tried making these a number of times. Very tasty!!! BUT, I can’t get them to stick together…they always end up being eaten with a spoon…

Rafeeqah
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7 months ago

Hi

Will you be making a video of this recipe pleeeaaassse☺️☺️☺️

Mary
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7 months ago

Hi Gemma…. can oats be added to this recipe?

Cooler by the Lake
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Cooler by the Lake
8 months ago

Gemma,
You mention sugar-free chocolate in your descriptions but I can’t find any in the recipe. What am I missing?
Cooler by the Lake

Jewel
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Jewel
9 months ago

Hi Gemma i previously tried your wholewheat bran cereals and loved it so much ! I’ve been eating it for breakfast as it makes going to toilet easier????. Now imma try this awesome granola bars !

Deborah
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Deborah
10 months ago

Hi Gemma. Thanks for this bars. Want to find out if I can use your simple syrup recipe instead of maple syrup?
Thanks.

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rgrech
10 months ago

What can I use instead of nuts as school is nut free., and can I use rice malt syrup instead of honey

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rgrech
10 months ago

What can I use instead of nuts as school is nut free. Also can you use rice malt syrup instead of honey.

Muffins
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Muffins
10 months ago

Hi Gemma, I have been a huge fan of you and your website I think you are so creative and fun to bake with!! However lately I find it very frustrating to use your website at anytime because you now have so many pop up ads it’s not fun anymore! Must you have so many ads? Wish you did not, you never use to! Recipes were easier to follow before! Wish it could go back without so many ads! Thanks much ????????

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