Nut-Free Paleo Chewy Granola Bars

February 16, 2013 in Categories: , , by

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Nut-Free Paleo Chewy Granola Bars | The Paleo MomAsk and ye shall receive.  Well, if you’re my sister-in-law–who e-mailed me a couple of weeks ago with a plea for help.  She needed a granola bar recipe that was gluten-free, nut-free, and dairy-free to go to a nut-free school with her daughters and accommodate her daughters’ food sensitivities.  (Clearly, any recipe I come up with will be grain-free too.)  Oh, and her kids don’t like dates or raisins.  Did I have anything that would work?  Erm.

So, I set to work and came up with this recipe.  Given how quickly each iteration of this recipe was devoured, they’re obviously kid-approved.   Inspiration comes from many places for me (pleas for help being one of them). I’ve actually had many requests for more nut-free treats like these, either for those of you with nut allergies or for those of you with kids who go to nut-free school or classrooms.  So, it’s good to get the occasional motivation to create something new like this.  And, while I can’t develop brand new recipes for every special request, I guess if you’re related to me, you can go ahead and make elaborate recipe requests.  ;)

If you want to change up the flavors here, you could use your favorite dried fruit or add some fun spices.  But, I do have to warn you that my husband used the P-word to describe these (Perfect).

I cut these into 16 squares.  If you want to cut into rectangles to be more granola-bar like, if would make about 10.


  1. Grease a 9″x9″ pan with coconut oil or palm shortening.  Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Coconut flakes should be chopped to the size of large flakes of oatmeal. Pepitas should be chopped to roughly the size of sunflower seeds.  Apricots and cranberries should be chopped to the size of raisins or slightly smaller.
  3.  Optional:  toast chopped flaked coconut in a skillet over medium-high heat for 6-7 minutes, until lightly browned.
  4.  Blend eggs, honey, salt and cinnamon to completely combine (about 20 seconds).
  5.  Combine all the dry ingredients.  Pour blended eggs over and mix to fully combine.  Pour into pan and press down evenly.
  6.  Bake for 18 minutes.  Let cool completely then cut into bars or squares.

Nut-Free Paleo Chewy Granola Bars


These look great! One of the hardest nutrition challenges we have is finding portable snack foods. On another note, I was listening to one of your podcasts in which you talked about eating beef heart sausage for breakfast. I heart heart, and I am also trying to get more organ meats into my diet. Do you order this on line, or get it from a local butcher? I’ve looked at Whole Foods and on line at US Wellness Meats and I have not seen anything like that available. I’d like to find something like this as I cannot eat eggs due to AI issues. Thanks!

I tried your other recipe for granola bars and they were a big hit! I love having a treat in the freezer and they are really filling! looking forward to trying these too! Thanks for the awesome info!

I typically use 1Tbs milled flaxseed + 3Tbs water stirred and let sit for 3-5 minutes (per egg) . I would love to hear other suggestions as this doesn’t always work perfectly. HTH.

We learned that my son is allergic to peanuts and tree-nuts. Because of the tree-nut allergy the doctor also told us to stay away from all seeds (i.e., sunflower, poppy, sesame, etc.). These look great because we are looking for nut-free snacks, we’ll just leave out the seeds. Thanks for your great recipes!!!

I’m glad someone else has the same information – my son is allergic to nuts (all – tree nuts and peanuts) and we found out the hard way that sesame is also an allergen. We’ve also been told to stay away from coconut, too, though I find that a little odd.

Finally made these yesterday :). I couldn’t find cranberries without added sugar, is there such a thing? I ended up getting figs instead. They are really good but I think the cranberries would be better, I’ll keep looking. The kids really love them, thank you so much for posting this.. They aren’t huge fans of bars made with “dates” and love all of the seeds. I used the extra to make up a trail mix for them to take to school for snacking.

Also, FYI, in case anyone is interested :), I put mine into 12 muffin tins instead of a 9×9 pan (couldn’t find mine! Ha!) and it worked out beautifully! Perfect portions.

Eden Organics has apple juice sweetened cranberries but they do have sunflower oil too…. I’m not 100% on all things Paleo, so not sure if that oil would be ok.

Sunflower oil is pretty high in omega-6 but also one of the highest food sources of vitamin E, so it’s generally considered Paleo but not as good as other fat choices. There’s very little on the cranberries, just enough so that they don’t stick together so unless you are super sensitive to omega-6s, it should be fine.

Glad your sister in law asked you for your advice :) I’ve always been a big fan of granola bars and such but stopped eating them because of a gluten intolerance. I’m almost through the 8 weeks of the paleo meal plan ( and I started to collect some great recipes from your blog for future reference. I almost lost 12 pounds :)

Thank you so much! My stomach has been bothering me yet again these days, and I’ve been thinking its over-consumption of nuts! This is great – I can’t wait to try it it looks delicious!

First…I have stalked this blog for recipes for a long time now. Second…We are secretly BFF’s ;) I brag about you to everyone. Third….while I find most of your recipes to be some of the best around these take it up a notch. I struggle with trying to keep my 19 month old paleo because of all the pressure from other people around us. This gives me a treat I can give her without people thinking “Oh, here she goes again with that wacky food thing she does” AND she LOVES them. As do anyone else who tries them. I have had to link to this recipe half a dozen times now because people keep asking me for it! I recently dehydrated some blueberries and bananas and used those in lieu of the cranberries and apricots. DELICIOUS!!! And I love knowing there is no added sugar in the fruit. I will be buying apricots to dehydrate and when I see cranberries I will do those too but to anyone who has a dehydrator I highly, highly recommend the blueberry/banana combo!

These seed bars are fantastic! My whole family loved them. I didn’t have any sesame seeds on hand, so I used chia seeds instead. Still came out yummy.

Made these yesterday for a bakesale at work and gave out a bunch of links to your page due to recipe requests! Second batch in the oven now because I only got the crispy ‘crusts’ from the first! (no complaints!) Snack foods are what I’ve been missing on my journey to paleo, I am not a person who can only eat three times a day, definitely a grazer, and you’ve saved me! thank you!!

I make these about once a week and I always use parchment paper, no clean up and I basically just re-use the pan over and over (until I decide it’s time for a clean). They don’t stick to the parchment paper at all.

I was wondering this too? I’m allergic to coconut & most paleo granola recipes I’ve been looking at seem to use it. I presume it would work to sub some other nut or seed but I haven’t tried it yet!

I just made a double batch of these and they were a BIG hit, even with my not-so-healthy husband! My question is what would be the best way to store these if we aren’t going to eat them all in the next few days. Can they be frozen? How do they do in the fridge? Thanks!

I think you could easily replace the cranberries with dried cherries, and I think it is easier to find unsweetened cherries. I have a question too – is it really 2 separate additions of a half cup of coconut flakes?

I don’t have a nut allergy so I’m wondering which recipe you would recommend taste and chewy-wise. Thanks :)

My tummy prefers it when I pre-soak seeds. Would it work still or be too moist? I don’t have the means to dehydrate them afterwards. I could toast them a bit in the oven first to dry them out. Was just wondering as it looks like a good recipe. Nuts are way too expensive here.

Thanks for this recipe! I am new to paleo and was not sure how my three year old would like these as well as myself. After trying these I thought they were so tasty! My daughter loved them and we will definately be making these again in the future :)

My kids don’t like dehydrated fruit and have asked for chocolate chips. They also don’t like coconut chips. So I tried the recipe with the choc chips, no fruit and coconut flour instead of coconut chips – I had a feeling it wasn’t going to work. It didn’t stick together. They’ll eat it with spoons :) Can you recommend what I should use if I want to omit the dried fruit?

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Been trying to find something for the nut-free school that my daughter now attends.
These are great!

What’s a good substitute for the dried fruit? I might put a few chopped dates in, but I’m not a huge fan of dried fruit in things and I’m trying to limit my fruit right now.

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