I totally admit it: I love snacks. I especially enjoy protein dense bars that aren’t full of sugar or GMO-laden ingredients. That’s why, sometimes it’s nice to make your own, so you can control exactly what goes into them! Homemade granola bars are super nutrient dense (as long as you use natural sweeteners) and make the perfect on-the-go snack for you or your kids, if you have ’em. If not, make up a batch and share the food love with friends, if you have ’em. If not, eat them all yourself. 😉
I whipped up a batch of these amazingly simple Superfood Granola Bars, and yes, they are amazingly gluten free AND vegan as well! Score! Granola bars are great because you can pretty much add anything you like to them after making a basic recipe. If you don’t like my ingredients, swap them out or add in other things you like. I will give you some suggestions for additional ingredients as well. Make them your own and rock on with this healthy snack!
Gluten Free & Vegan Superfood Granola Bars
1 cup packed dates, pitted (I like Medjool dates best)
1/4 cup natural sweetener of choice (I like 100% Grade B maple syrup)
1/4 cup creamy almond butter or sunflower seed butter (I used sun butter here)
1 cup raw almonds, loosely processed in food processor
1 1/2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
1/4 cup raw cacao nibs
1/4 cup dried mulberries
Teensy pinch of sea salt
Dash of cinnamon
Optional ingredients: raisins, shredded coconut, vegan chocolate chips, dried cranberries, raw cashews, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, flax…
Pre-heat oven to 350, and toast your oats for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.
In a food processor, process dates down into small bits. You can soak your dates in warm water for 5 min before hand to get them soft, if they are not already. In food processor, they should turn into a little ball, kind of like a dough ball.
In a large mixing bowl, place oats, almonds, dates, cacao nibs, mulberries, sea salt and cinnamon, and set aside.
In a saucepan, heat your sweetener and nut butter of choice over low heat. Stir and pour over ingredients in your mixing bowl. Make sure to break up the dates while doing so.
Once everything is mixed well and coated, transfer to an 8×8 dish or other small pan lined with parchment paper. Press down with another piece of parchment paper until flattened. Cover with plastic wrap, and let set in fridge or freezer for 15-20 minutes to harden.
Remove bars from pan and chop into 10 even bars. Store in an airtight container for up to a few days.
See how easy it is to make your own granola bars??!? I hope you’ll enjoy these and explore making them, or a version you are inspired to try!
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