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Grain Free Chocolate Granola Bars (Paleo, Vegan)

These homemade granola bars are loaded with dried fruits, nuts and seeds and are perfect for the paleo diet.

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Hi guys, Dessi here! I finally wrote the recipe for these grain free granola bars that are packed with walnuts, dried fruits, sunflower seeds, hemp heart, chia seeds and ground flax seeds. I was craving a granola bar that was free of grains and at the same time full of nutrition so I pretty much grabbed any dried fruit, nut and seed  I had in the pantry.

This granola bar recipe is so flexible that you can use any dried fruits, nuts and seeds you have on hand, just be sure to use the same proportions.  I love taking a few squares for a quick snack on the go, or serving them with an afternoon tea or even as a dessert. They are that good! Also make sure to check out my no bake paleo granola.

Grain free chocolate granola bars
Grain free chocolate granola bars

How To Make Granola Bars

To make the granola bars you first need a base of one cut of almond butter, 1/4 cup of maple syrup, a couple of table spoons of coconut oil and a little bit of vanilla. Warm that up gently over double boiler so the ingredients can come together nicely. In the meantime, chop up the dried fruits finely and add them to a food processor along with the walnuts (and/or other nuts of your choice), the hemp hearts, chia seeds and ground flax seeds.

Buzz them up a few times to break up the large nuts and mix up all the ingredients. If you don’t have a food processor, just chop up the large nuts and then mix them together with the dried fruits and nuts. If you have whole flax seeds make sure to ground them first as they won’t get digested properly. Then add the the fruit, nut and seed mixture to the almond butter mixture. What makes these bars super flavorful is the orange zest. That orange aroma plays wonderfully with the chocolate topping. So don’t skip that ingredient, it really makes a difference.

Then all you have to do is pack down the mixture into a 8×8 inch or 8×10 inch pan and prepare the chocolate topping. Stash the pan in refrigerator of a couple of hours so that the chocolate hardens and enjoy!

grain free chocolate granola bars
Homemade granola bars

How To Make Your Own Chocolate Topping

These granola bars really come together when you add a chocolate topping to them. You can simply melt a bar of dark chocolate or a some chocolate chips and use that, but if you you want to make your own chocolate topping then use the recipe below. All you need is some cocoa butter, cocoa powder, maple syrup, coconut oil and a pinch of salt.

Add all the ingredients over double boiler and mix until the butter is melted and the mixture is smooth. Then let it cool down a bit and pour it over the packed down nut mixture.

Are Granola Bars Paleo?

Most granola bars are not paleo because they contain oats. This grain free granola bar recipe uses hemp hearts instead of oats,making them perfect for the paleo diet.

Make sure to check out my other snack recipes:

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grain free chocolate granola bars

Grain Free Chocolate Granola Bars

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: energy bars, grain free granola bars, granola bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 36 pieces
Author: Dessi Parrish

Homemade granola bars that are loaded with dried fruits, nuts and seeds. The granol abrs are vegan and perfect for the paleo diet.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup dried fruits your choice of dried cherries, apricots, prunes, raisins
  • 1 cup walnuts and/or pecans, almonds, cashews
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds and/or pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup hemp harts
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • ¼ cup ground flax seeds
  • Zest of one orange

Chocolate Topping:

  • 4 oz of dark chocolate bar or chips or 2/3 cup chocolate chips

Or make your own chocolate topping:

  • 2 oz cocoa butter or 1/3 cup packed grated butter
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ½ tablespoon coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch salt

Instructions

  1. In a bowl add the almond butter, maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla.

  2. Place bowl over double boiler and mix with a spoon to get all ingredients incorporated together.
  3. Finely chop up the dried fruits and along with the rest of the ingredients (walnuts, sunflower seeds, hemp hearts, chia seeds, ground flax seeds) add them to a food processor and buzz them up a few times to break up the nuts and mix the ingredients nicely (or to a desired consistency). If you don’t have a food processor, just chop up the walnuts finely and then add the rest of the ingredients.

  4. Add the fruit, nuts and seeds mixture to the almond butter mixture.
  5. Add the orange zest and mix very well.
  6. Transfer the mixture into to a 8x10 inch or 8x8 inch pan lined with parchment paper and pack down the mixture into one even solid layer.

For the chocolate topping:

  1. Place a bowl over double boiler and add 4 oz of chocolate bar or chips and slowly melt them. Then, pour the melted chocolate over the nut mixture in the pan.

  2. If you’d like to make your own chocolate, add the cocoa butter, cocoa powder, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla and salt over a double boiler. Stir the mixture with a whisk until the butter is melted and the mixture is smooth. Let it cool down a bit and pour over the packed down granola mixture.

  3. Stash in the refrigerator for a couple of hours so that the chocolate hardens. To serve the granola bars, cut them up in 1x1 inch squares.
  4. The bars can last up to a week in the refrigerator.

2 thoughts on “Grain Free Chocolate Granola Bars (Paleo, Vegan)”

    1. Hi Misty, perhaps use a handful of dried blueberries and/or increase the amount of nuts and seeds. To make it seeet use keto maple syrup or monk fruit sweetener.

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