Healthy Gluten Free Granola Bar Recipe
This healthy granola bar recipe is not only gluten free but also low carb if you’re worried about weight gain.
Furthermore, for those on the Paleo & Banting diets this healthy gluten free granola bar recipe is perfect for you.
Packed with protein & energy, these granola bars make the perfect snack for breakfast or for when you need some tasty nourishment during the day.
Keeping This Healthy Granola Bar Recipe Gluten Free
It’s important to note that the traditional “granola” is usually a mix of oats & other grains which are unhealthy & not gluten free
This means that we won’t be using the traditional granola mix in this healthy granola bar recipe as it would not be gluten free or Paleo & Banting friendly.
Furthermore if you want to keep things healthy & gluten free, you’ll need to steer clear of the boxes & packets of granola mix you can buy in the stores as this would almost certainly be full of nasty grains & gluten.
The solution therefore, is to make our own gluten free granola that falls within the bounds of the Paleo & Banting diets.
The healthy granola bar recipe below will contain ingredients that are gluten free & Paleo friendly whilst still providing a tasty emergency snack.
Healthy Granola Bar Recipe
- 1 ½ Cups of assorted nuts mainly almonds with walnuts, pecans & hazelnuts
- ½ Cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
- ½ Cup raisins & dates
- ⅔ Cup pumpkin seeds
- ⅔ Cup sunflower seeds
- 3 Tbsp sesame seeds
- 3 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1/3 cup almond butter
- 1 Tbsp orange zest
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- ½ Cup raw honey
- Preheat the oven to 175°C (350°F)
- Prepare a dish lined with parchment paper greased with coconut oil or butter to prevent sticking
- Roughly chop half of the nuts by hand & pulse the other half in a food processor until they form a soft powder
- Then mix together all ingredients except for the coconut oil and honey in a large bowl.
- Mix the oil and honey together separately & then pour the mixture over the nut & seed mixture and stir until it’s all thoroughly mixed & evenly coated
- Pour the mixture into the parchment lined dish and pack the granola mixture tightly into an even layer with a spatula
- Then place the dish into the oven & bake for 15-20 minutes
- Once baked, remove from the oven and allow to cool for 20 minutes
- Then lift the granola with the parchment paper out of the dish and place in the fridge for another 45 minutes to harden.
- Once it’s solid, remove from the fridge and slice into equal sized bars& serve
Nuts, Phytic Acid & Other Anti-Nutrients
It should be noted that nuts contain a significant amount of Omega-6 (as well as the good Omega-3 fatty acid) and other anti-nutrients (such as phytic acid) that you don’t want to overload on.
So in order to eliminate the phytic acid & reduce the anti-nutrient content you should soak the nuts as per the steps below which also also gives the bars a pleasant tender, chewy texture.
- Soak the nuts in warm water with the salt overnight
- The Following morning drain the nuts and rinse them well in a colander with cold water
- Place the nuts on a baking sheet in a single layer
- Roast the nuts in a preheated oven at 65°C (150°F) for 10 to 12 hours
- Cool the nuts completely before using