After a short, okay okay LONG hiatus from providing you guys and gals with delicious healthy recipes I am back, and I am back with what my husband called my “winning” granola bar recipe. And if I do say so myself they are delicious. So I know I have shared a couple granola bar or protein bar recipes but this one is a little different. Why is it different you ask, well I recently found these shelled pumpkin and sunflower seeds online by GoRaw, they were gluten and most importantly NUT FREE! For those of you out there with tree nut or peanut allergies you will understand how difficult it is to find a seed without the dread “processed in a plant that also processes tree nuts and peanuts” warning at the bottom of the ingredients list.
So having found these glorious seeds I went to work right away filling up my online shopping cart with as many bags as I could afford, only to find out for whatever reason they don’t distribute in Canada. I can’t get local stores to put them on their shelves, I can’t get them shipped from amazon.com and they wont send them over from their direct webpage. So Go Raw if you are out there in cyber space this is my plea to you, please do what you can so that us allergic folk can get in on your products in Canada!
Luckily for me my soul mate, sister, and forever friend lives in the states, so she just went on down to her local Whole Foods and scooped me up a couple bags of their seeds and their granola for me…all of which is completely delicious by the way.
So all of this to say, my granola bar recipe this time around is more “well rounded” getting some of its protein from seeds instead of protein powder and I did everything I could to keep it as natural and delicious as possible. Also for this recipe I am going to do something I haven’t done in a while, I am going to post the nutritional information, mainly because they are super tasty and therefore they are easy to over indulge on them. These little guys are packed with protein and flavour so I really hope you all enjoy them.
Serving 20 – (Breakdown Per Serving: 331.2 calories – 17g total fat (5.3g Saturated Fat) – 36.3g carbs – 6.5g fiber – 11.6g sugar – 10.8g protein
3 cups Old Fashioned Large Oats
1/4 cup Sunflower Seeds
1/4 cup Pumpkin Seeds
1/4 cup Ground Flax Seed
1/4 cup Chia Seeds (whole)
1/2 cup Raisins or Craisins (just make sure no extra sugar was added)
1/2 cup Unsweetened Coconut
1/2 cup Natural Chunky Peanut Butter
1/4 cup Organic Maple Syrup
1/4 cup Organic Unsweetened Apple Sauce
1 cup Soy Milk
1 tsp Vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl mix together all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- In a medium sized bowl whisk together all wet ingredients, once combined fold wet ingredients into the try and thoroughly mix together.
- Line a large glass casserole dish with parchment/wax paper (don’t make the mistake I did and under estimate the size of the pan required, you will probably need at least an 12×8 or 3L dish).
- Press the granola bar mixture into the lined dish, the granola bars should be about 1 inch thick. Place in oven and cook for 25 to 30 minutes.
- Once cooked (should be a bit of a spongy texture when you press on them), allow to cool before cutting (at least 15 minutes of cooling before taking a knife to them). Great for eating right away, or storing in the fridge for breakfast all week. They will also freeze well for consumption later on.