nut free granola bars with oats and seeds cut into squares on a board

Nut Free Granola Bar Recipe

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Granola and granola bars can be great for a healthy lifestyle. But not if they are packed with chemicals. Check out this nut free granola bar recipe to make your own and know they are full of healthy ingredients starting with our homemade groovy granola.

nut free granola bars cut and placed on a piece of parchment on a board
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Granola is super healthy. Full of protein and lots of fiber, it can tame the hungries and boost your energy! But if you’re like me, not only do you not want chemicals in your granola, the few healthy versions you can find are full of nuts and cinnamon. Both cause life-threatening allergic reactions for me.

So for years, I was left out of this yummy treat. Until I learned how to make my own granola. And that was a game-changer. I could change it to whatever worked for me. Now I make my own groovy granola in large batches and I use it to make this nut-free granola bar without cinnamon too!

Gluten free homemade granola bars

It’s easy to make nut free granola bars gluten-free as well. First, make sure your oats are gluten-free. You can buy certified gluten-free oats that are not processed in a facility that processes wheat.

Then, make sure you use the flax seed instead of the wheat germ in the original groovy granola recipe. Once you have gluten-free granola made, the bars are a cinch.

Oat protein bars

I love making homemade granola bars because they are easy, but they taste so much better than store-bought granola bars. This is a no-bake recipe, so you don’t even have to turn on the oven.

Oats are full of nutrients and especially fiber! They are healthy for your body! And the seeds and seed butter packs these nut free granola bars with protein.

Nut free granola bars are chewy, sweet, and easy and make a great breakfast on the go, snack, or even dessert. My family loves them!

If you want to, you can add some raisins or other dried fruit in with the dry ingredients. You can also add mini chocolate chips for an extra sweet treat. They’re your bars so you can customize them to your own tastes.

You can also add other seeds such as chia seeds, sesame seeds (full of calcium), or other seeds of your choice to boost the nutrients and protein in the bars.

dry oatmeal in a heart on a white background

Some tips that will make it easier

  • Line an 8×8-inch pan with parchment paper. The parchment paper will make it easier to get the bars out of the pan.
  • You’ll mix the wet ingredients and cook them until just boiling to dissolve all of them together. Then have your dry ingredients mixed and pour the syrup over top.
  • When you press the mixture into the pan, dampen your fingertips or lightly spray them with cooking spray, so it isn’t too sticky. Really want to press the mixture firmly, so the bars stay together. 
  • Refrigeration helps them set up.

To store nut free granola bars, put them in an air-tight container in the refrigerator and they will save for up to 10 days. If you need to stack them in the container, separate the layers with waxed paper or parchment paper. If you don’t, they’ll stick together. Or you can freeze the granola bars for up to 3 months in a freezer bag or freezer container.

mixed seeds, pumpkin, sesame, flax, sunflower, etc.

Homemade nut free granola bars

nut free granola bars with oats and seeds cut into squares on a board
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Nut Free Granola Bars

Yummy chewy granola bars packed with energy, sweet, tasty, and good for you!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gluten free granola bar, granola bar, nut free granola bar
Servings: 18 bars
Author: Christina

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c raw sugar
  • 1/2 c maple syrup
  • 1/2 c sun butter
  • 3 1/2 c groovy granola
  • 1/2 c sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds

Instructions

  • Butter a 9×9 pan or line with parchment paper (or both)
  • In a saucepan, combine sugar and syrup
  • Cook and stir on medium heat until mixture just comes to a boil
  • Remove from heat
  • Stir in sun butter until well blended
  • Add granola and seeds and mix well
  • Pour into buttered pan
  • Cool to room temperature
  • Cut into 3 x 1 inch pieces

For another yummy granola treat, check out these delicious granola cups topped with fruit. So good!

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