These super simple, oil-free and gluten-free Buckwheat Granola Bars are loaded with chocolate and still extremely good or you. A dream come true? You bet!
A few years ago, I used to gobble up granola bars like crazy. They were my favorite snack and I thought I was doing so much for my health. Well, that was before I found out they were full of palm oil and sugar. Way to burst my bubble…
Anyway, you probably guessed I’ve been making my own ever since that discovery. I totally love them in muffin form – that shape is incredibly practical! A couple of you asked for an oat-free recipe, though, so here it is: Double Chocolate Buckwheat Granola Bars!
Yup, buckwheat groats instead of oats make these bars oat-free but still gluten-free. I even enjoy the texture more because the buckwheat makes these a bit crunchier and nuttier. Unlike oats, buckwheat is also paleo friendly!
- 2 bananas
- ¼ cup (40g) peanut butter (or an allergy friendly alternative, use almond butter for paleo)
- 1 tablespoon (5g) cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon all-natural vanilla extract (I used my homemade one)
- 3 tablespoons (60g) date syrup or maple syrup
- 1 and ⅓ cup (220g) buckwheat groats
- ⅓ to ½ cup (60-90g) dark chocolate chunks (sweetened with healthy sweeteners if you can find it or you can use unsweetened and increase the date syrup by 1 tablespoon)
- Preheat the oven to 360 (180 Celsius).
- Mash the bananas with peanut butter, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and date syrup in a medium bowl until combined.
- Fold in the buckwheat groats and chocolate.
- Pour into a brownie pan or a large quick bread pan (for thick bars).
- Bake for 10-20 minutes (20 in the bread pan), until the granola bars firm up.
- Let cool completely before cutting into bars.
- Makes 8-15 bars, depending on the pan you use and how you cut them.
Note: Make sure the peanut butter is free of hydrogenated oils (= trans <g class="gr_ gr_109 gr-alert gr_spell gr_disable_anim_appear ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="109" data-gr-id="109">fat free</g>)!
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Do you make your own granola bars? What’s your favorite flavor?
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