Heavenly Gluten Free-Vegan Soft & Chewy Granola Bars

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heavenly Gluten Free Vegan Granola Bars
Thank you to Kim @ Cook It Allergy Free for this perfect and totally allergy friendly granola bar.   I have been experimenting with a TON of granola bar recipes, and while many were good, they were not quite the texture I was looking for: soft and chewy.  This bar is just as versatile as other granola bar recipes in that you can choose your own favorite seeds, nuts, and dried fruit pieces to mix in to make it your perfect bar (Kim has some fabulous add-in ideas if you need inspiration).
What I love best about this bar is that I could easily make it totally allergy-friendly so that my youngest could actually eat them.  Lisa, over at Allergy Free Vintage Cookery and I were lamenting how so many granola bars out there come touting healthy claims, but one look at the ingredients send most momma’s running to the hills!
Not the case here, feed these to your family happily: totally nutritious, and most important, totally delicious!!
How do you like YOUR granola bars?  Let us know what creative combinations you come up with and how it turns out!

5.0 from 4 reviews
Heavenly Gluten Free-Vegan Soft & Chewy Granola Bars
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Serves: 16
  • 2 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 cup gluten free oat flour (or brown rice)
  • ⅓ cup palm sugar (much lower glycemic index than cane sugar, about $4-5/pound) or brown sugar
  • ¼ cup quinoa flakes (or more oats if you don't have them, but totally worth it!)
  • ¼ cup chia meal (or flax meal, or any ground seeds)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dried fruit of choice (I used raisins)
  • ¼ cup chia seeds ( or other seed of choice)
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 chia or flax 'egg' (1 tablespoon meal mixed with 3 tablespoons hot water, let set for a minute or more to gel)You could also use 1 egg
  • ⅔ cup melted coconut oil or light olive oil
  • ½ cup maple syrup - I think honey or agave would work just as well here
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 pan, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients through the chocolate chips. Pour in the 'egg,' oil, syrup, and vanilla and mix thoroughly with your hands so that all ingredients are moistened and mixed.
  3. Press into the prepared pan and bake for about 25-30 minutes until just golden around the edges. Resist the urge to dig in right away, the set better as they cool!

heavenly Gluten Free Vegan Granola Bars

This recipe was shared on GF Wednesday, Frugal Days Sustainable Ways, Kids in the Kitchen, Healthy 2Day Wednesday, Wheat Free Wednesday, Seasonal Celebration Wednesday, Wildcrafting Wednesday, Whole Foods Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday,Tasty Traditions, Thanks Your Body Thursday, Simple Lives Thursday, Keep It Real Thursday, Pennywise Platter, Fresh Bites Friday, Get Real Frugal Friday, Wellness Weekend, Fight Back Friday, Healthy Vegan Fridays, Simple Meals Friday, Make Your Own Monday, Natural Living Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, My Meatless Monday, Traditional Tuesday, Hearth & Soul,

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When her third child was born with severe food allergies, Tessa took to the kitchen to figure out how to feed her family well. Always up for a culinary challenge, their journey has taken many twists and turns! Lots of Paleo, and lots of top 8 free. Good food for families, that's what she's about!

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25 comments on “Heavenly Gluten Free-Vegan Soft & Chewy Granola Bars
  1. Shay says:

    These look good! I will have to try them!

  2. Laura says:

    Yeah-a granola bar I can pack in my husband's lunch and feel good about!

  3. Let me know how they turn out!!

  4. Ricki says:

    Hi Tessa–thanks for your comment re: the millet porridge (yours looks great, too) and for submitting to WW. As I said in the comment, though, the submissions must be from the current week only (see guidelines). Sorry about that! Hope you have a great weekend. :)

  5. Tessa, thanks for pointing me to these on your blog. My daughter was just diagnosed with egg, gluten, and dairy intolerances and granola bars are her favorite snack. I've been searching everywhere for some healthy allergy free ones I can make myself. I can't wait to try these and several of your other recipes.

  6. I hope you love them as much as we do! let me know if you need any tips in this new journey…it can sure be overwhelming in the beginning!

  7. Do you have any tips on how to get these to stay together? I made them & they taste incredible, but fell apart and it's pretty much easier to eat them with a spoon rather than like a granola bar. How do I get them to stick together?

  8. How strange…I have made this multiple times and they hold together perfectly. The chia egg and oil and syrup are what bind…..the mixture should be very moist. Did you follow the recipe exactly? Help me trouble shoot…..

  9. Simplee Sue says:

    I love finding recipes for granola bars that don’t have so many names of something in them that I have no clue what it is, let alone pronounce them. Look yummy.

    We may have met by chance…but we become friends by choice.

  10. Rebecca says:

    An excellent idea if you’re wondering what to put in your children’s lunch-boxes.. I don’t know what I’d without your input- thank you for another great recipe! Rebecca @ Natural Mothers Network x

  11. Iris says:

    Love the look of these! I’ve been working on an oat-free granola bar recipe and looking at this recipe is definitely giving me some good ideas! Thank you!

  12. Cindy says:

    Oh my boys would love this! I have it tweeted and pinned! Thanks for linking up at Gluten Free Fridays! :)

  13. That’s funny I was just making granola bars today and searching for a recipe. I wish I had seen this first! I wasn’t sure whether to make them raw or cooked. I like both. These look gorgeous!
    Thank you for sharing this with Healthy Vegan Fridays. Check back on Friday to see if you were one of the Top 3! We hope to see you again this week. You can submit a post from Friday to end of Tuesday:

  14. I too like chewy granola and these look like a tasty snack. Thanks for sharing this on Hearth & Soul Hop. :)

  15. Wow, these look great and so healthy! I would love to make these for my kids’ snacks!
    Thanks for sharing on Natural Living Monday.

  16. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

  17. Angela says:

    Just made these, they are super tasty!
    Falling apart a bit but I think they need to get completely cool? My kids love them and I love that I am getting a healthy snack into their bodies!! Thanks for the recipe!

  18. Thanks for sharing with Natural Living Monday! You are featured this week! :)

  19. Sabrina says:

    These are amazing!! I added a bit of shredded coconut because I like it and didn’t have maple syrup or honey so I tried molasses-I love them.

  20. Kelly S. says:

    I made these last night, and my daughter had them for breakfast this morning and gave them 2 thumbs up. I used sprouted brown rice flour as my flour and honey as my liquid sweetener. I added hemp hearts for the seed portion, eliminated the raisins, increased the chocolate chips to 3/4 cup, and added shredded coconut and chopped almonds. I left out the cinnamon since my daughter doesn’t like the cinnamon chocolate combination. They turned out yummy! How do you store these, Tessa??

  21. Hi Kelly! Thanks for your feedback! I cut them, then keep in an airtight container in the freezer….stats freshest longest that way!
    Tessa Simpson recently posted…Gluten Free Zucchini Latkes w/ a Paleo OptionMy Profile

    • Kelly S. says:

      Thank you! We shared them with non-gluten-free friends yesterday, and they loved them and couldn’t believe they were healthy and gf!

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