They almost passed the Van test!

June 22, 2011 in Sweets and Treats

As we move away from all processed foods, one of the hardest things to stop buying is granola bars. I used the “at least it’s organic” clause as long as possible, but I just can’t do it anymore! Van loves love loves bars, and I made these bars last week especially for him. He happily ate a few and then decided he did not like them, he’s complicated like that! The other 10 kids and adults that tried them loved them! Next batch will likely include a few small dark chocolate chips just to trick him!

These bars are not Paleo, but like I said, I am not super strict Paleo with the kids. Oats are highly controversial as to wether or not they are gluten free, but I feel pretty good about letting the kids eat them in small servings like this.

Oat Bars

• 3 cups rolled oats, lightly toasted at 325 for about 10 minutes until slightly browned, be careful they burn easily

• 1 cup Almond Butter

• 1 cup Honey

• 1 cup shredded coconut

• 1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract

• 1 tablespoon cinnamon

• 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, I use these which a slightly salted and YUM: DRY ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS

• 1/2 cup sunflower seeds

• 1/2 to 1 cup chopped walnuts

Mix everything together. Spread out and smash down on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake 325 for 10 minutes. Let cool completely and slice into bars.


I also crumbled a few up and used them on top of Avery’s yogurt and fruit! She loved it!

10 Responses to “They almost passed the Van test!”
  1. Danna says:

    YUM! thanks for this recipe! I was just talking about granola bars the other day with my husband, my kids LOVE them but I have never made them. I will use this recipe for my first attempt :)

  2. lucy murchison says:

    Hey Marla! I love reading your blog. I have been so interested to hear about the paleo diet that you all follow. My mom has ciliacs and keeps a very similar diet. She is VERY allergic to glutens and cannot eat oats. I’m not sure if that is because they are a gluten or if that is triggering something else, but I know those are a no go for her. My sister has been having a lot of health problems recently and her doctor suggested the paleo diet. She is very much a sugar, sodas, and flour kind of girl (she eats other things too… don’t worry) and isn’t too thrilled about making the change. I’m debating doing it with her so she doesn’t feel like she is having to do it all on her own. All that you have written makes me think that I need to do it no matter what. Although we generally eat really healthy in our house, there is still a lot of garbage that could be cut out. Possibly these granola bars could become our new snack? They sound (and look) delicious.

    Keep the posts coming. I love reading them!

  3. marla says:

    Danna, let me know how you like them! There are so many fun ways to change these up depending on what you have in the pantry.

    Lucy, the trouble with oats is that they are almost always processed in a facility that also processes other grains, not in a gluten free facility. So people are to told to just totally avoid them. There are oats that are considered to be much safer to eat like these:

  4. Lucy M. says:

    I will definitely ask her. I know that she eats a couple of products from bobs red mill already. Maybe that is one of them and I just didn’t realize. Your explanation about cross contamination is a problem for her with SO many foods and definitely in restaurants. Thanks for your response!

  5. Meredith Wingfield says:

    Hey Marla! I found your blog through urban grace. I’m really enjoying your food posts. My brother has been following a similar diet for years, and is the healthiest person I know. He has tried to convince me along the way, but I think I haven’t been ready. However, I feel I’m getting close.

    Does your family enjoy Lara Bars? I’ve heard there are some good recipes online for a homemade version. I think this is the version my friend used: I’ve been meaning to try it out, but haven’t yet. I just thought it might be an alternative to granola bars.

    Please keep the food post coming – they’re wonderful!!!

    • Tangela says:

      Way to use the internet to help people solve prolmebs!

    • Valerii says:

      I’m the same way when I get nervous! Anytime I have a big pnaiertetson or meeting first thing in the morning I have NO appetite and completely forget about breakfast cause I’m so busy prepping!I love Amy’s meal as a quick/healthy option! No head hanging needed I’ve always actually been curious about the brown rice bowl was it good?

  6. tutti says:

    Thanks for posting this! I’m excited to try it with my new dehydrator:)

  7. Jenn says:

    Great blog!! About 6 months ago I did the Clean Program….life changing for me as the Paleo seems to have been for you. It sounds like they share many of the same principles. Since completing the program I’ve continued to eat “clean” with the addition of foods that did not bother me once added back to my diet (like tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, etc). Anyways, thought I’d share a recipe that I found to be delicious and might work for your picky eater. No bake energy bars:
    I use Bob’s Red Mill gluten free oats and they come out wonderful…best stored in the fridge. I’m not sure your stance on brown rice – but I eat a ton of it and it’s also in this recipe. If you give it a try – I hope you enjoy it!

  8. Annie says:

    i am so excited to find a gluten free granola bar recipe. while I don’t know if my family and I are gluten intolerant I do try to cut out gluten as much as possible. I hope to make them this week.


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