Store bought granola bars make me a little irritated if I am being honest! They act like they are all healthy and such, made with whole grains but if we take a closer look we see that they are just candy bars hiding behind the facade of, ‘whole grain goodness’. Some are made with several different sugars, artificial flavours and colours. Just yesterday, I saw a, ‘granola bar,’ with coloured candy bits and drizzled in chocolate. This is not right my friends! Granola bars were intended to be a healthy snack on the go. That bar from yesterday was anything but – it was a sugar crash in a cute little package! I’m here to share a healthier version of our beloved granola bar that you can feel better about serving to your loved ones and eating yourself. Pack these for your next day at the beach or camping trip!

Maple Granola Bars

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Peanut Free
Keyword: Easy, kid approved
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 16 bars
Calories: 163kcal
A tasty little snack for those on the go!
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Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup rolled oats old fashioned
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds raw
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds raw
  • 1/2 cup light spelt flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 dash nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup add in dried fruit or dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a square 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper. Make sure you leave a little extra along the sides to use as a handle. Spread the oats, sunflower & pumpkin seeds on an ungreased baking sheet. Toast for about 10 minutes, stirring every 2-3 minutes. Allow oats & seeds to cool. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon & salt. In a large bowl, mix coconut oil, maple syrup, egg & vanilla until well blended. Next, stir in the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Next, add the oats and stir until well mixed. Lastly, add in the dried fruit or dark chocolate chips. Bake for 30 minutes. Allow to cool and remove from pan with parchment paper handles. Cut with a pizza cutter & enjoy!
  • Be creative with this recipe and swap out various nuts or seeds, making sure to keep the ingredients school friendly if sending them in your child's lunch.

Nutrition

Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 88mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg