Tired of overpaying for gluten-free or vegan foods, but you don't want to spend hours cooking? This was what I came up with in very little time from various ingredients in my cupboard. That my children eat them was a testimony that kids love healthy foods, especially if they're part of the cooking process. A home run: Easy, healthy, and delicious.


Recipe Summary

15 mins
20 mins
20 mins
55 mins
30 granola bars


Original recipe yields 30 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Line a 10x15-inch rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on 2 sides. Grease with cooking spray.

  • Combine almond butter, honey, and coconut oil in a saucepan. Heat over low heat until melted and easily blended, about 5 minutes.

  • Mix oats, crispy rice cereal, almonds, cranberries, chocolate chips, chia seeds, flaxseed meal, sesame seeds, cacao nibs, and coconut in a large bowl. Pour in almond butter mixture; toss until fully mixed.

  • Press mixture into the baking sheet with moistened hands until it is very compact.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until golden, about 15 minutes. Allow to cool completely, about 20 minutes. Lift from the baking sheet and slicing into 30 bars.

Cook's Note:

There is no need to adhere to the specific ingredients precisely. If you don't have one ingredient or the other, you can easily substitute. For example, maple or corn syrup can be used to replace honey; peanut butter or any nuts of your choice can be used instead of almond butter; pumpkin seeds can replace chia and/or sesame seeds, etc. I only add the chocolate chips to appeal to my kids, but you can use carob chips as well!

Nutrition Facts

314 calories; protein 5.7g 11% DV; carbohydrates 29.6g 10% DV; fat 21.9g 34% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 72.6mg 3% DV. Full Nutrition