I always see recipes for homemade granola bars come through my Pinterest feed and I must admit I thought they seemed kind of fussy. But now that I’m on a fairly restrictive diet, I find it hard to find pre-made snacks that don’t contain ingredients I’m supposed to avoid. That’s where these awesome homemade granola bars come in, and they’re anything but fussy! They take about 5 minutes to throw together in a food processor, then refrigerate for 30 minutes or so and they’re ready to enjoy!
Though it may be tough sometimes, don’t get me wrong—I’m loving this lectin-free, Plant Paradox diet. It has cleared up so many of my symptoms already. One huge benefit to this way of eating is that your gut starts to heal and you aren’t as hungry anymore. But one thing I’ve struggled with is that when I am hungry between meals, I sometimes don’t know what to eat for a snack. Lots of packaged snacks contain ingredients I’m trying to avoid, but I have been able to find a few Larabars flavors I can indulge in, which is great when I’m in desperate need of a snack, like, now.
I’m a huge fan of RXbars, but unfortunately all of them contain either cashews or peanuts, both of which I now need to avoid. Alas …
I’ve found myself eating a lot of unsweetened coconut chips straight out of the bag as well as olives. ALL the olives. And now I have these homemade granola bars to add to the list. Thank goodness!
How to Make Homemade Granola Bars
- 1 cup pecans
- ½ cup almond butter
- ¼ c. almond or pecan flour
- ¼ c. coconut flour
- ¼ cup coconut flakes
- 8 dates*
- 2 tbsp. almond milk
- 1 tbsp. cacao nibs or dairy-free chocolate chips
- 1 tbsp. hemp seeds
- 1 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. salt
- Process first 6 ingredients in a food processor until a finely ground meal forms.
- Add remaining ingredients and process again until combined.
- Line a bread pan or small rectangular container with parchment. Press mixture into container so it sticks together.
- Cover with a lid or saran wrap and refrigerate at least 30 minutes. Cut into slices and enjoy!
If you want these to be a little sweeter, add in 1-2 tbsp. maple syrup.
Looking for more Plant Paradox-approved recipes? As I figure it out myself, I’m gradually adding recipes to my site. Check back often!