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3-Ingredient Grain-Free Granola Bars {Vegan, Keto Option}

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Amazing, 3-ingredient grain-free granola bars that are vegan, a cinch to make, and have endless options for variation! I even have an easy keto-friendly option.
overhead shot of 3-ingredient grain-free granola bars on a colorful floral napkin.I am who I am because of granola bars.

Really, I’m serious. Granola bars have fueled me, and my various activities, all my life. Portable food is definitely my thing.

I am not opposed to buying granola bars, but I especially like to make them from scratch. Call me picky. And frugal. Whimsical, too; I like adding a bit of chocolate one day, lemon and ginger the next, and a crazy mix of everything when I am in the mood for, well, everything.

I’ve conjured a new granola bar recipe, fit for styling any which way you like. If you are picky, frugal, and whimsical about your cooking, baking and eating, too, I think you’ll love it as much as I do.

It’s my 3-Ingredient Grain-Free Granola Bars.

Vegan grain-free granola bars on a marble cutting board with a knife and napkin in the background

These bars are:

*Vegan
*Grain-free
*Gluten-free
*Paleo
*Oil-free
*Low-sugar (sweetened with 2 tablespoons maple syrup)
*A perfect balance of crunchy & chewy

I also have a simple adaptation in the recipe notes for making the bars keto-friendly.

The bars begin with 3 basic ingredients: 1 cup blanched almond flour, 1/3 cup pepitas (green pumpkin seeds), and 2 tablespoons maple syrup. I added a small amount of salt, too, but it is always optional.

small bowl filled with ingredients for 3-ingredient grain-free granola bars, sitting on top of a marble cutting board

To maximize the flavor and crunch in these minimalist bars, it is important to toast the pepitas. Don’t worry, it literally takes seconds to complete this step.

Heat a large skillet (I recommend cast iron, if you have it) over medium-high heat. Add the pepitas and immediately shake the pan. Within 30 seconds (or less) the pepitas will begin to brown at the edges. They will also puff up and make a popping sound; the two halves of the pepitas are pulling apart, which makes for a texture similar to toasted oats (but better!) in the bars.

Immediately transfer the pepitas to a bowl or plate to stop the cooking and cool.

toasted pepitas in a black cast iron skillet

In a medium bowl, stir together the almond flour and maple syrup (salt, too, if you are using it). The batter will be very stiff and sticky; keep stirring (or use your fingers). Trust me, it comes together! Now add the pepitas, mixing until they are incorporated.

Press the dough into a 9×5-inch loaf pan (lined with parchment paper, for easy removal) and bake in a 325F oven for 17 to 20 minutes until the edges of the bars are golden brown.

unbaked vegan grain-free granola bars in a loaf pan lined with parchment paper

That’s it! Just be careful about overbaking: the centers will be very light brown and will still look soft after 17-20 minutes, but the bars are ready! The centers will become firmer as the bars cool. Remove the bars from the pan (using the parchment paper) and cool completely before cutting into bars. 

Hello, delicious.

close-up of keto vegan grain-free granola bars on a marble cutting board

The bars are faintly sweet, crispy at the edges, and chewy once completely cooled.

Consider this your granola bar template. Add dried fruit, try other toasted seeds and nuts in combination (or as a replacement) for the pepitas, spice or zest things up with cinnamon, ginger,  or citrus zests, or take a turn towards chocolate with chocolate or cacao nibs in the dough (or a drizzle of melted chocolate on top). The world is your granola bar.

It should go without saying, but I will say it anyway: these bars are great on the go, whether for breakfast on the run or for fuel before or after a run.

overhead shot of a grain-free granola bar perched on top of a cup of coffee, with keys, a phone and a floral napkin nearby

It is so easy to make a batch, you’ll undoubtedly want to share the bars with friends, too!

Happy baking!

3-ingredient grain-free granola bars stacked n a metal basket

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3-Ingredient Grain-Free Granola Bars {Vegan, Paleo, Keto Option}


  • Author: Camilla
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 6 bars 1x

Description

Amazing, 3-ingredient granola bars that are grain-free, vegan, a cinch to make, and have endless options for variation! I even have an easy keto-friendly option.


Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325F. Line a 9×5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper; spray or greased exposed sides.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat (I used cast iron) for 2 to 3 minutes until hot. Add the pepitas; shake the pan for 30 to 90 seconds until the pepitas begin to turn brown at the edges, puff up, and make a popping sound. Immediately transfer to a bowl to cool.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the almond flour, maple syrup and (optional) salt, stirring until combined (it will be very stiff–keep stirring!). Mix in the cooled pepitas (I used my fingers).
  4. Press the dough evenly into he prepared pan.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 17 to 20 minutes until golden brown at edges (the center area will still look somewhat soft; it will harden as it cools).
  6. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool 10 minutes. Use the parchment paper liner to remove from pan; cool completely on rack.
  7. Cut into 6 equal bars.

Notes

Storage: Individually wrap the cooled bars and store in an airtight container at (cool) room temperature for 1 week, the refrigerator for 1 month, or the freezer for 6 months.
Keto Option: Prepare as directed but replace the maple syrup with 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil and 2 tablespoons of keto-friendly granulated sweetener.

  • Category: snack

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 155
  • Sugar: 5.1 g
  • Sodium: 97.3 mg
  • Fat: 12 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 9.5 g
  • Fiber: 2.2 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

 

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betty

Friday 24th of April 2020

These bars are a big hit! i even add dried cranberries sometimes,i think a drizzle of dark chocolate would bE good too!

Camilla

Friday 24th of April 2020

Oh good, Betty! Dried cranberries are always a favorite of mine, too, and an extra thumbs up for the chocolate drizzle!

Molly T

Friday 23rd of August 2019

We have an almond allergy in the house. Would other ground nut meals work for this (or for other recipes?)

Camilla

Friday 23rd of August 2019

Hi Molly, I should think that would work for this recipe. Nut and seed meals are not always interchangeable with blanched almond flour, but the heaviness for the skins of nuts and seeds should be fine (and good!) for a granola bar like this. I would suggest grinding as finely as you can (e.g., in a high speed blender, if possible).

A suggestion: I have been finely grinding hemp hearts lately and adding several tablespoons in place of almond flour in some of my existing recipes, to add extra nutrition and it has worked really well. It might work well to d a combination of seeds or other nuts with some hemp hearts for your almond flour substition.

GODDOG

Monday 12th of August 2019

You list 4 grams of Cholesterol from what? Only animal products. I made them tonight I did one half sunflower seeds with the pumpkin. sunflower brown fast. No salt. 2tbs real maple and 1tbs coconut oil. came out great. I might ditch the syrup for less sugar, try soy milk and peanut butter to boost the protien. Your right forsure on lots of variation. Has anyone used soymilk and peanut butter and or all coconut oil.

Thanks

Camilla

Friday 23rd of August 2019

Hi! Oh, your variations sound great! I appreciate your sharing.

As or the 4 grams: that amount is for the protein, not the cholesterol (amount follows the item). The cholesterol is 0 mg :)

Sodium: 97.3 mg Fiber: 2.2 g Protein: 4 g Cholesterol: 0 mg

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