Grain-Free Granola Bars – Easy blender recipe

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Have you been looking for grain-free granola bars that are also sugar-free? What about a grain-free granola bars

EASY blender recipe AND only 2.4g net carbs!

There is even an option to make them nut-free too (see below).

grain-free granola bars wrapped in baking paper stacked on a wooden chopping board

Grain Free Granola Bars – a healthier sugar-free option

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Do you still rely on muesli/granola bars for school lunches?

Once you understand most regular granola bars (cereal bars) are packed with sugar, you may be looking for a healthier granola bar option.

Try these which are free of sugar, grains, wheat and naturally gluten-free. They are packed with seeds and nuts and a hint of cinnamon and vanilla.

How Much Sugar Is in A Regular Granola Bar?

banner showing sugar falling from a spoon in granola bars

Store-bought muesli bars appear to be healthy but contain an astounding amount of sugar, and in addition, there are the oats and grains which your body will also convert into blood glucose also.

TOP TIP: Avoid bars which contain dried fruit, they’re sugar dense and very little nutrition.

It is so easy to overdo dried fruit thinking it is the healthier option. Dried fruit is a concentrated source of sugar and often referred to as ‘natures candy’. 

Eating a handful of grapes is far better than eating a few raisins. Whole fruits will still have the fibre, nutrition and water.

Read more: Ultimate Guide To Carbs In Fruit

sugar blocks representing how much sugar is in a box of dried raisins

Take a look at the nutrition label for oatmeal granola/muesli bars. Not only does each bar contain a whopping 19g sugar (that’s almost 5 teaspoons), it also contains over 30 ingredients. Sugars are listed as brown sugar, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, glycerin, and corn syrup.

19g of sugar is almost double that the World Health Organisation is recommending 10g sugar per DAY. There are 43g carbs/60g bar = 72%. To make things even worse, they contain hydrogenated soybean oils and cottonseed oils. Not one ingredient here makes me want to buy these, let alone feed them to my children.


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How To Make Healthy Blender Granola Bars

This recipe is so easy, it’s a great recipe to allow your kids to be involved in.

Add all the ingredients form the recipe below, using your favourite selection of nuts and seeds. This is a very adaptable recipe so you may choose which must and seeds your child can tolerate and which nuts and seeds they are permitted to bring to school.

Simply pulse with the blade attachment until the seeds and nuts are completely ground but you can still see little fragments.

Press firmly into a lined baking tray.

Bake as per recipe until golden.

mixed nuts and seeds in a blender to  make grain-free granola bars
Throw Everything In The Blender – Pulse A Few Times

Why Is Sugar So Bad for Our Bodies?

There are so many reasons why sugar is bad for us. I talk about 30 different reasons why this is the case, but let’s look at the top 10 reasons in this infographic.

list of 10 reasons why sugar is bad for us infographic for grain-free granola bars

When it comes down to it, it’s all about choice. That’s why incorporating sugar-free recipes like this granola bar, we can slowly replace store-bought items over time.

More Low-Carb Snack Recipes

Healthy Lower Carb And lower Sugar Lunch Boxes

The best 21 easy healthy school lunchbox recipes showing grain-free granola bars, ham cups, kebabs and a packed green lunchbox

Now you have discovered how easy it is to replace those ghastly granola bars with this easy blender grain-free granola bar instead, you might want to start thinking about other healthier options for your lunch boxes and after school snacks.

Read more: 21 Easy Low-carb Lunch Box Recipes

Grain-Free Granola Bars

Easy blender recipe for grain-free granola bars – 2.4g net carbs! Just throw everything in the blender. They are the perfect after school snack.

Prep Time10 mins

Cook Time20 mins

Total Time30 mins

Course: Cakes and desserts, Lunch, Lunch boxes, Snacks

Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain free, LCHF, Low Carb, No Sugars, Paleo, Wheat Free
Grain-free granola, Graon-free granola bars

NET Carbs 2.4g

TOTAL Carbs: 6.9g

FIBRE: 4.5g

Instructions

  • Place all the ingredients in the blender.

  • Pulse a few times until combined and little pieces of nuts and seeds can be seen.

  • Place in a greased and lined 18cmx27cm / 7×10 inch baking dish. Press firmly into the lined baking dish. If you bake it in a larger dish, it will turn thin and crispy which can be really nice also.

  • Bake at 180C/350F for 20 minutes or until golden, not burnt.

  • May be drizzled with 90% chocolate.

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Notes

  • I used a mixture of almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds. sesame and linseed.
  • Nutritional values will vary according to what/how much you use.

Nutrition Facts

Grain-Free Granola Bars

Amount Per Serving (1 granola bar (makes 14))

Calories 234
Calories from Fat 185

% Daily Value*

Fat 20.5g32%

Total Carbohydrates 6.9g2%

Fiber 4.5g19%

Sugar 0.9g1%

Protein 7g14%

NET carbs 2.4g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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NOTE: If you would like to make these nut-free, simply omit the nuts and use a combination of seeds that you like, and can tolerate.


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