These granola bars are jam packed with goodness. I love meals on the go, something that is substantial enough to grab for breakfast as your out the door, or something that will fill you up for an afternoon snack instead of whatever junk is laying around.
The base of the bars is toasted gluten free oats and popped quinoa. The quinoa adds protein and a really nice texture to the bars. I ordered a huge bag of popped quinoa on Amazon. Just make sure that there is no added sugar.
These bars are also full of seedy goodness. I am allergic to nuts, so for added nutrients I added hemp, chia and sesame seeds. These seeds add protein, a dose of healthy fats, tons of vitamins and minerals and some big flavor.
Now for the “glue” that holds it all together. I kept up with the seed theme and used tahini, or ground sesame seeds. The flavor is amazing, and it fills the bars with tons of healthy fats and vitamins and minerals.
I also used brown rice syrup. If anyone is familiar with it, it literally looks and feels like glue! I’ve been using brown rice syrup in a many of my recipes lately. It’s a great natural sweetener, and is actually fructose free. Sugars are made of glucose and fructose, and your body metabolizes them very differently. Glucose is your body’s preferred source of energy. Almost every carb you eat turns into glucose and is used either for immediate energy, like that hardcore yoga class, or stored for later use. Fructose on the other hand, is only metabolized by your liver and is much more fat producing. It can also cause a whole lot of problems throughout your body. Natural fructose that comes from fresh fruit and vegetables are also loaded with fiber and nutrients so your body treats it much differently than say a can of soda. Everything in moderation though; glucose or brown rice syrup is still not something you should eat a ton of but in small amounts it is a great sugar alternative.
These bars are super easy to make. Toast oats for around 10 minutes on a baking sheet and place them in a bowl with the other dry ingredients. Bring all of the liquid ingredients to a boil, and then pour the mixture on top of the dry ingredients. Mix well so everything is coated, and place in an 8×8 pan that has been greased with coconut oil. Spread evenly, then I like to take a piece of parchment paper and place it on top and press down hard so everything is compact and really sticks together.
The #1 seed bar is great for throwing in your bag for an amazing breakfast or anytime snack. They are also great for kids and very lunchbox friendly since they are nut-free. They are the perfect chewy granola bar, delicious and full of nutrients!
- 1½ cups toasted gluten free oats
- 1 cup popped quinoa
- 2 tbs sesame seeds
- 2 tbs hemp seeds
- 2 tbs chia seeds
- ¼ cup raisins
- ⅔rd cup brown rice syrup
- ⅓rd cup tahini
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- coconut oil to grease pan
- Toast oats by placing them on a baking sheet and bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes until they look golden.
- Place the toasted oats with the other dry ingredients (except for salt) in a bowl.
- Place the liquid ingredients and the salt into a sauce pan, stir and bring to a slight boil.
- Pour liquid ingredients over the dry and mix until well incorporated.
- Pour mixture into an 8x8 pan that has been slightly greased with coconut oil and flatten evenly.
- Place a piece of parchment paper on top and press down hard to make them into solid bars.
- Place in fridge to cool and harden for a little while before you cut them, but best to store them out of the fridge.