Chewy Nut-Free Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

21 Sep

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I posted this photo of a nut-free version of my granola bars on Instagram and was asked to share the recipe. If you can’t find brown rice syrup, substitute an equal amount of honey.

3 1/4 cups plain rolled oats
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup roasted salted sunflower seeds
3 tablespoons shelled raw hemp seeds
3 tablespoons buckwheat groats (aka kasha)
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup whole spelt flour or white whole-wheat flour
3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1/4 cup brown-rice syrup
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup pure maple syrup (preferably Grade B)
1/3 cup sunflower seed butter
1/3 cup coconut oil (warmed to a liquid state)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
scant 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (such as Enjoy Life brand)

  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees with rack in center. Line a 13×9-inch baking dish with a long sheet of aluminum foil and spray lightly with oil. In a large bowl, combine oats, coconut, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, buckwheat, wheat germ, flour and salt; mix well.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine rice syrup, honey, maple syrup, sunflower seed butter, coconut oil, and vanilla; whisk until smooth. Add syrup mixture to oat mixture, mixing well with a wooden spoon until completly combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Transfer mixture to prepared pan. Use a flat-bottomed measuring cup to firmly press oat mixture into an even layer. Bake until surface of bars appears dry and edges are just golden, about 35 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack, then use foil to lift bars from pan. Carefully peel foil from bars, then use a serrated knife to cut into bars roughly 3 x 1 1/2 inches. Store bars in an airtight container for up to 5 days, or wrap individual bars in plastic wrap and freeze.
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