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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!
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
- 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
- 2 ozs/60g Sugar free chocolate chopped and added as an ingredient - or - melted and drizzled on top after baking.
- 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!