Healthy Granola/Energy Bars — no dairy, no soy, no nuts, low in sugar

January 16, 2011

I have a 2 year old son who has never had a granola bar. Every brand I see in the store is has nuts or dairy or soy (all of which he is allergic to), so I decided to learn how to make my own. I began with what I thought would be a quick search online. However, I was shocked at the amount of sugar in all these so-called healthy recipes!  It took me a while to find something I could work with. I finally found Ellie Krieger’s Energy bar recipe at http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/energy-bars-recipe/index.html . I changed the recipe up a bit based on my son’s allergies and what I had on-hand, but it is based off of Ellie’s original recipe.

These bars taste great! They are not overly sweet and sticky. However, every bite has a taste of dried fruit or sunflower seeds.  Also, they are surprisingly filling.  They really remind me a lot of a Cliff Bar.

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups old-fashioned oats

1/2 cup sunflower seeds (raw preferred)

1/2 cup wheat germ (I used 1/4 stone ground oats 1/4 cup wheat bran because I was out of wheat germ)

1/4 cup whole wheat flour (pastry flour preferred)

1/2 cup dried apricots

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup dried figs

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

1/4 cup honey

2 large eggs

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit & coat a 9 X 13 pan with cooking spray.

Place all ingredients except the eggs, honey & maple syrup in a food processor.

Next add the honey, maple syrup, and eggs. Pulse until just incorporated. (Tip: Spray your measuring cup with cooking spray before pouring in the honey or maple syrup & it won’t stick inside the cup.)

 

Both wet & dry ingredients mixed together

Transfer to baking pan & spread evenly. if you spray your spatula with cooking spray it will be much easier.

 

Granola bars before cooking

Bake 20 minutes until just done. Let cool some & cut. Store in air tight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

When I make these again I will add ground flax seed for the healthy fats. I also can’t wait to try them with pumpkin seeds & dried cherries or blueberries!

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3 Responses to “Healthy Granola/Energy Bars — no dairy, no soy, no nuts, low in sugar”

  1. That looks so yummy and the rest of your family can’t wait to try your amazing new treats! We loved the ones from Christmas!

  2. Lisa said

    I just made these and did all sorts of substituting–Used ground golden flax for the wheat germ, and used dried apples, dried plums and dried cranberries only. Upped cinnamon to 1 tsp. plus 1/4 tsp. each gr. ginger and nutmeg. Had dry roasted sunflower seeds (I did try to rub off some salt)…didn’t have quite enough mable syrup AND I forgot to put in any flour! It tastes good and heald together. Great recipe! Thanks.

  3. Free Spirit said

    This recipe has very healthy ingredients and I was very eager to try it. What a disappointment! It was truelu tasteless. Such a waste of money in good ingredients that went in the trash.

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