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Perfect Gluten-Free Egg-Free Granola Bars

It’s August already… I can’t even believe it. School starts here in another few short weeks, although since I homeschool our children, we school on a somewhat year-round basis. Schooling almost year-round gives us the opportunity to take breaks whenever something fun presents itself, regardless of when that might be. That’s something I really love about homeschool – the flexibility. Being able to do school from wherever we want (the coffee shop, grandma’s house, on the road, etc), whenever we want, and if the girls show an interest in something specific we can even study what they want (within reason). Homeschool just works out really well for our family – and I’m very thankful for it! 

Perfect Gluten Free Granola Bars - Allergy Free AlaskaSpeaking of school, that is actually the reason for this post. Whether your children attend school out of your home, or you homeschool, granola bars are perfect for snacks and lunch boxes (of course, adults love them too!). I’ve been making these Perfect Gluten-Free Egg-Free Granola Bars for my girls now for over a year, and they love them! This recipe is clean – made with real good-for-you wholesome ingredients. You don’t have to think twice about your children eating them, and they can be customized, too, according to your or your child’s liking. 

You might also check out these clean-eating No Bake Apple Pie Granola Bars from A Mindful Mom. 

I hope you have an amazing school year! 
All my love,
Megan

PS- Don’t forget to check out my Gluten-Free Lunchbox Roundup: 40 Kid-Friendly & Allergy-Friendly Recipes!

Perfect Gluten & Egg Free Granola Bars - Allergy Free Alaska

Perfect Gluten-Free Egg-Free Granola Bars

Perfect Gluten-Free Egg-Free Granola Bars

Yield: about 16 bars

Ingredients

  • 3 cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 cup desired nuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2-3/4 cup desired dried fruit (like raisins, cherries, cranberries, blueberries)
  • 1/2 cup Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips
  • 1/3 cup flax meal
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup palm sugar
  • 2 tablespoons raw sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup honey

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees (F) and line a 9.5x13x1” metal pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the gluten-free rolled oats, desired nuts, unsweetened shredded coconut, desired dried fruit, Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips, flax meal, sunflower seeds, palm sugar, sesame seeds, cinnamon, and sea salt.
  3. Add the vanilla extract, coconut oil and honey. Mix well.
  4. Use a lightly oiled spatula to press the granola mixture evenly down into the parchment-lined pan.
  5. Bake for 26 - 28 minutes, or until the edges of the granola bars are golden brown.
  6. To avoid crumbling, fully allow the granola bars to cool before cutting or removing from the pan. Store in an airtight container.

Notes

For the recipe to work properly, you must use coconut oil and a metal pan (not glass) - there are no substitutes!

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Mark Seamans

Tuesday 7th of February 2017

I just found your recipe. We have been getting Nature Path's bars for some time. I just learned they plan to discontinue them. So I am on the hunt for a Dairy/Wheat/Soy/Peanut free solution. I am hoping I can bump up the protein content as well. I figure as a last step I'll process them through my Freeze Dryer for much longer storage solution. Thanks!

Jennifer Clark

Tuesday 28th of June 2016

Our son is allergic to many things, including nuts and coconut. I can leave the nuts out, but what should I sub for the coconut oil? Any ideas? Thank you!

Megan

Wednesday 29th of June 2016

Hi Jennifer, I tried subbing out the coconut oil once, I used olive oil, and I did not have good results. I'm not sure what it is about the coconut oil, but I don't recommend omitting it.

Jbear

Thursday 2nd of June 2016

Just wondering why it has to be metal we only have glass pans in this house. I put it in a glass pan already and I'm kind of bummed I didn't read it all the way... I'll probably still eat it anyway....but we don't use metal so that kinda sucks...

Jodi

Thursday 5th of May 2016

These are super yummy! I just can't get them to hold together, no matter how long I cool them. Any ideas?

Megan

Sunday 8th of May 2016

Hi Jodi, I wonder if they needed to be cooked longer? Were they nice and golden brown along the edges? And were you using a metal pan?

Heather @ My Overflowing Cup

Sunday 10th of August 2014

Homemade granola bars are one of my favorite snacks. Your pics are beautiful. Thanks for the recipe!