Real Healthy Granola Bars

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These wholesome bars are perfect for a quick snack.

Yay! Here’s a wholesome version of the packaged-and-pumped-full-of-sugar-and-gluten granola bars that the kids love!

This recipe took some tweaking — wholesome ingredients don’t always want to stick together! — but I’ve finally nailed it down.

Whole seeds, nuts, shredded coconut and mini chocolate chips combined with almond butter, flax meal, coconut oil and maple syrup make these bars super tasty and fully loaded with vitamins, minerals, and real, usable calories.

Real Healthy Granola Bars
A Recipe by Diana Keuilian
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Serves 20


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line the bottom of a 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper, and coat with coconut oil. Set aside.
  2. In a small cup combine the flax meal and water. Whisk with a fork and set aside to thicken.
  3. In a small saucepan, over low heat, combine the coconut oil, maple syrup, almond butter and almond extract. Stir occasionally and remove from heat when melted. Allow to cool, about 10 minutes.
  4. Add the thickened flax meal to the saucepan and mix to combine.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine the seeds, nuts, coconut and chocolate chips. Pour the almond butter mixture in and mix well. Press the mixture into the prepared pan.
  6. Bake for 25-35 minutes, until golden and bubbly. Remove from oven and allow to cool in the pan for 15 minutes.
  7. Once cooled, loosen the sides with a knife, then invert onto a cutting board. Remove the parchment paper by peeling off carefully. Place the entire cutting board into the fridge for 15 minutes — this is an important step that will ensure that your bars harden completely and do not crumble. After 15 minutes, remove from fridge and cut into 20 bars. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Calories: 171     Fat: 14 g     Carbohydrates: 9 g     Sodium: 2 g     Fiber: 2 g     Protein: 4 g    


Healthy granola bar recipe

My friend, John Eckerman, fueled up with a Real Healthy Granola bar before rocking out the Tough Mudder. Go John!



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  • Jill February 12, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    These are the absolute best granola bars I have ever tasted!

    • Diana February 12, 2013 at 9:54 pm

      Awesome! Thanks for the feedback Jill 🙂

  • dianne February 24, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Since its baked in an 8×8, what size did you cut them to get 20? Pretty small I’m thinking.
    Thanks….just want to make sure we don’t consume too many cals!

    • Diana February 24, 2013 at 7:48 pm

      Yes, cut them pretty small for calorie control.

  • Liz July 8, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Could you sub peanut butter for almond butter if you don’t have any on hand?

    • Diana July 8, 2013 at 7:36 pm

      Hi Liz, I haven’t tested that, but you could give it a try!

  • Ariana July 23, 2013 at 1:46 pm


    How long do these typically last when you store them in the fridge?

    Can’t wait to try these!

    • Diana July 23, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      Hi Ariana,
      These granola bars will last for 7-10 days in the fridge and up to 3 months in the freezer. Good luck keeping them around that long, though — my family always eats the whole batch within a day or 2 🙂

  • Joanne August 22, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Oh my!! These are delish! Love your site. 🙂

  • Rebecca February 9, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    I’m wondering why these would need to be refrigerated? All of the ingredients are OK in the pantry, if used in a few months, so why wouldn’t they be after they’ve been baked together? And why only up to 10 days in the fridge, per the same argument. Just curious if it’s only to keep the coconut oil from becoming too soft?!?

    • Diana February 17, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      Hi Rebecca,

      Keeping the granola bars chilled does help it stick together better, and it’s also just a good idea to store baked goods in the fridge to help them keep longer. When all the pantry ingredients are baked together it does cause them to spoil faster than if they were just kept separately. Hope that helps and enjoy!

      • Rebecca February 25, 2015 at 4:07 pm

        It does indeed… thank you!!!!

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