Store-bought granola bars are often heavy on artificial sugars and corn syrup. These gorgeous, all-natural bars are infused with energy-boosting, protein-filled, healthy ingredients.

Dry ingredients:
4 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup flax meal
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp ground nutmeg
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
2 tbsp roughly chopped almonds
3 tbsp chopped apricots
3 tbsp golden raisins
1 tbsp whole black cardamom seeds
1/4 cup hulled, unsalted sunflower seeds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1 tbsp chia seeds

Wet ingredients:
3/4 cup canola oil
3/4 cup maple syrup
6 tbsp honey

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line an 11x11 square baking pan with parchment paper, letting paper hang over about two inches on each side as a handle to lift baked bars.
  2. In small bowl or ramekin, add chia seeds to canola oil and let soak at least three minutes. (Chia seeds need a liquid host to take on the desired consistency.)
  3. In a small mixing bowl, combine the remaining wet ingredients with chia seeds and canola oil. 
  4. Grind oats in a food processor, then pour into a large mixing bowl.
  5. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, and flax meal, and stir to combine.
  6. Add the wet ingredients to the oats and fold with a spatula until coated.
  7. Fold in the remaining dry ingredients.
  8. Pat the granola into the prepared pan, smoothing the top out with a spatula. 
  9. Bake 45 minutes until golden brown.
  10. Remove from oven and cool in pan for 30 minutes.
  11. Lift parchment-paper handles and lay whole block of bars on a cutting board. Slice into roughly cut bars. Keep in mind that the lack of corn syrup will allow a crumbly, cake-like consistency. Bars can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.


And enjoy!


Author: Carly Stewart

Carly Stewart is a hobby home chef. She is raising her 3 boys in Naples Florida with her husband Jeremy. Her kids are allergic to gluten so knowing what’s in their food is very important to her. She loves using family recipes and reinventing them gluten free. Carly learned to cook with her mom and grandparents starting at a very young age. She loves feeding her family meals made from pure ingredients and most importantly, she loves sharing the experience of cooking with them in the kitchen. View all posts by Carly Stewart

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