This dairy free granola bar recipe is a family favourite! Not only is it free from butter, it’s also packed with fibre, protein and omega 3 healthy fats. This healthy snack is super versatile as you can swap most of the nuts & seeds with what you have in your pantry or omit them completely if you have picky littles! A couple of adjustments can turn this recipe into vegan friendly, gluten free and/or nut free. The recipe makes 6 bars/servings with each costing £1.05 per serving.
One of my favourite sweet treats when I moved to the UK was their famous ‘flapjack’ (that’s granola bars for those of you who aren’t familiar with the term). I mean oats baked with sugar, golden syrup and butter is the stuff dreams are made of right??
So obviously when I gave up dairy I was super sad to say goodbye to granola bars (and let’s be honest, all desserts were a no go - because butter). Btw if you’re a fellow dairy free human, you HAVE to try making these double chocolate chip cookies.
When you come to think of it, I’ve really become well versed with dairy free desserts because it’s harder to find dairy free sweet treats than meals. Actually, if you were to take a look at the blog at this moment in time you’ll find that I have more sweet treat recipes than I do proper meals! *Hides face* I promise you that was not intentional! Lol.
Anyway, so I had a look online and figured that granola bars are so easy to make dairy free! You just swap the butter with a veggie oil, in this case I chose organic virgin coconut oil. Oh and let me tell you, when you bake it in the oven your home will smell INSANE. Think coconut, roast nuts and honey. Seriously, if you’re selling your home and want to close your deal just bake these whenever you have viewers and brew a coffee on the side. Sale. GUARANTEED.
This granola bar recipe is quite versatile, which is why it’s a big family hit for us and why it works so well in general. For example, we all love the recipe exactly how it is on this blog, but my 7 year old daughter doesn’t like bits in her food. So I make a plain batch for her without any of the add ins (all you really need is oats, honey, coconut oil and tahini to make a basic bar but you’ll probably need to bake it for a bit longer since the batter will be a bit more on the runnier side).
For a nut free version - leave out the hazelnuts and you’re good to go!
For a gluten free version - use gluten free oats instead.
For a vegan version - swap the honey with pure maple syrup.
See what I mean? You can’t lose with this one.
From a nutritional point of view, this granola bar recipe is FTB with fibre. You’re getting all the fibre from the oats and plethora of seeds that I’ve thrown in it (literally). Hemp seeds are a great source of protein and the seeds provide omega 3 fatty acids that are essential for brain function. So even though the recipe is sweetened with honey, you’re less likely to spike up your sugar levels because it’s paired with lots of fibre, protein and healthy fats. So it’s a great post workout snack, but I wouldn’t eat it on a daily basis because of the sugar content from the honey. If you are looking for sugar free recipes check out my chocolate almond butter recipe or chocolate fudge energy balls for a naturally sweetened alternative.
These granola bars only take 35 mins to make from start to finish and are really straight-forward to make. It’s a good one to make with kids and even if they’re sceptical of seeds and nuts, you can use your time together to teach them about why they’re good for them. If they’re involved in baking they are so much more likely to try whatever you’ve made together.
If you like granola, toasted nuts or flapjacks then you will definitely enjoy these dairy free granola bars (also check out my tahini cashew granola recipe). They go so well with a cuppa and are filling without leaving you feeling bloated or high on sugar. Recipe deets below, give them a go and tag me @earthandspoon on Instagram using #earthandspoon I’d love to see your own version of these granola bars!
Happy baking friend.
Dairy Free Granola Bar Recipe
These dairy free granola bars are packed with fibre, protein and omega 3 healthy fats and are a great family friendly snack.
Makes: 6 bars
- 180g (2 cups) oats
- 170ml (⅔ cup) raw honey*
- 125ml (½ cup) coconut oil, and a little extra for greasing the bread pan
- 35g (¼ cup) raisins
- 35g (¼ cup) chopped hazelnuts
- 3 tbsp sunflower seeds
- 3 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 2 tbsp tahini**
- 2 tbsp hulled hemp seeds***
- 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp sesame seeds
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- A good pinch of sea salt
- Preheat your oven to 180C/350F/Gas mark 4.
- Using a blender, blend the oats until flour consistency forms.
- Next, add the oats, raisins, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, sesame seeds and cinnamon to a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly together.
- In a small saucepan, add and stir the honey, coconut oil, tahini, vanilla and sea salt over low heat until all the ingredients melt.
- Pour the wet mixture into the dry mix and stir together until a batter forms.
- Add the batter into a greased & lined bread pan and place in the oven for 25 mins approx or until top is golden.
- Allow the baked granola to completely cool in the bread pan before slicing into bars.
* If you want a vegan version, you can swap the honey with pure maple syrup instead.
** Or you can use any nut butter of your choice instead.
*** You really can swap any of the nuts or seeds in this recipe with whatever you have in your pantry or with your favourites, it’s really versatile! You can completely omit the seeds as well, but you may find that the cooking time might slightly vary, so keep an eye on it while it bakes.