Granola Bars

Granola Bars | The Gluten-Free Homemaker

Labor Day weekend my family left me to go camping.  Some of you are wondering why I didn’t go.  I have done my share of camping, including a 4 week cross country trip, but not this time.  Let me just say, there were 10 men & boys, dirt bikes, guns, and no bathrooms.  What would you have done?  Besides, one of my dogs had a sprained leg, and it would have been torture to take him but not let him run.

Anyway, I wanted to make some granola bars they could snack on that wouldn’t be full of sugar.  As is often the case, I combined ingredients and techniques from different recipes.  I was very happy with how they turned out.  I made two batches and put some in the freezer to have for quick gluten-free snacks.

Granola Bars
Recipe type: Appetizer
  • 2 cups gluten free oats
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup nuts
  • ¼ cup ground flax seed
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup nut butter
  • ¾ cup honey or agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup small or chopped dried fruit
  1. Combine the oats, coconut, sunflower seeds, nuts, flax seeds, and salt in a food processor and process until well mixed and in small pieces. Place in a large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the nut butter, honey or agave nectar, and vanilla. Pour this over the ingredients in the large bowl and stir to evenly coat.
  3. Stir in the dried fruit.
  4. Place everything in a greased jelly roll pan and pat it down with a spatula or greased fingers.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
  6. Cool before cutting.
These will keep at room temperature for a few days, or you can store them in the refrigerator for at least a week. They freeze well for long term storage.


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  1. Ari-Food Intolerances Cook says

    Wow! You are my hero! I've long been looking for a sugar-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free granola bar recipe that was healthy and tasty and that I could keep extras of in the fridge or freezer! You are amazing! Thank you!

  2. cottagesweet says

    I would have stayed home and made granola bars, too. Let the boys have the wild outdoors this time. The recipe looks pretty good and easy. Will be trying it for sure. Thanks for sharing it!

  3. Iris says

    These look great! I keep wanting to try my hand at granola bars, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. I have a lot of traveling coming up, so maybe I should try these soon so I can take them with me.

  4. Kathryn says

    This looks great & i can't wait to try it!

    I don't use agave, tho, so will probably try some brown sugar, honey, molasses, stevia mixture.

    Thanks for sharing. I'm excited to make these.

  5. gfe--gluten free easily says

    Linda–Now, you're talking. Love granola and granola bars, and am not a fan of the purchased gf versions of either. I don't eat gf oats a lot, but I just ordered some. I'll make this recipe for sure. I meant to pick up some flax seed today and forgot, but will certainly get it before my oats come in. :-)


  6. Amy Green (Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free) says

    I have been thinking about making granola bars, too. I just haven't done it yet. Finding GF oats has been rough – do you order yours on-line??

  7. The Gluten-free 'Dish' says

    This looks yummy! You made me laugh at the thought of you camping with all the men and boys and dirt bikes and no bathroom! I would have made the same choice as you.

  8. Amy Green (Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free) says

    Love these, Linda!! Thanks so much for linking them to Slightly Indulgent Monday. It's a great recipe – I hope people stop by and try these.

  9. Sarah says

    I just made these for the first time … delicious!! Thank you for posting this! I'd been looking for a gluten-free, sugar-free granola bar for a while!

  10. Kristen says

    I made these today and they were delicious!!! They helped me cope with the fact that my husband has a bulk box of Chewy Granola bars in the pantry :) Thank you!!!

  11. Tracey says

    Hi Linda, could you please tell me the dimensions of your ‘jelly roll’ pan. I imagine it would be similar to a 20cm x 30cm x 3cm pan? (11 x 8 inches)? Thanks Tracey

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