Oat-Free and Gluten-Free Granola Bars (Clean Eating)


This oat-free granola bar is an excellent substitute for the traditional granola bar if you are trying to avoid certain grains and processed sugars. After trying these, my husband refuses to eat traditional granola bars and begs me to keep them in stock in our freezer. This is also wonderful on top of ice cream or baked apples.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
3 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 13 mins
20 bars


  • 1 ¼ cups almonds, divided

  • 1 ¼ cups sunflower seeds, divided

  • 2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut

  • 1 cup diced dried apricots

  • 1 ½ cups coconut oil

  • ½ cup honey

  • ¼ cup ground cinnamon, or as needed

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Place 3/4 cups almonds and 3/4 cups sunflower seeds into a food processor; chop until nuts are in 1/4-inch pieces, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from food processor and pour in a bowl. Place remaining almonds and sunflower seeds into the food processor; roughly chop into larger pieces, about 1 minute. Mix remaining nuts, seeds, shredded coconut, and dried apricot into the 1/4-inch nuts until fruit-and-nut mixture is combined.

  2. Combine coconut oil, honey, ground cinnamon, vanilla extract, and salt in a saucepan over medium-low heat; cook until the coconut oil mixture bubbles and turns a lighter color, 3 to 5 minutes.

  3. Pour coconut oil mixture over fruit and nut mixture; stir until granola mixture takes on the consistency of wet sand, about 1 minute.

  4. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Pour granola mixture onto sheet; place a second sheet of waxed paper on top of granola mixture. Push down on the waxed paper with your hands until granola mixture has been evenly spread. Pack very tightly so bars will not fall apart.

  5. Let cool until granola has hardened, 2 to 3 hours. Cut into bars.


Any assorted nuts of your choice can be substituted for almonds and sunflower seeds.

Any preferred dried fruit can be substituted for dried apricots.

If you prefer a crunchy granola bar over a soft, chewy one, cook the coconut oil mixture longer.

When placing the granola bars into the baking sheet, you may either use elbow grease to press the mixture until it is packed nicely and tightly, or you can use a secondary cookie pan instead.

Placing the granola in the freezer for 20 minutes can be substituted for sitting out for 2 to 3 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

352 Calories
32g Fat
18g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 352
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 40%
Saturated Fat 20g 101%
Sodium 64mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 49mg 4%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 259mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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