We’re always looking for healthy “grab-and-go” snack options—something we can throw in our purse or backpack in case we get stuck somewhere and need a little somethin’ somethin’! Well, these granola bars fit the bill because they’re lower sodium with no added sugar and they contain lots of healthy lower oxalate seeds that will add fiber to your day and keep you full.
Instead of peanut butter, I used no salt sunbutter and instead of honey, I used a zero-calorie, zero sugar maple syrup from Walden Farms—a company that makes no calorie, no sugar syrups. These syrups do have unnatural ingredients but as I always say, “portion not perfection.”
If you don’t want to use fake ingredients you can replace with honey, but it will increase the added sugar and calories in each bar. You can also use any other no sugar added dried fruit. Your kitchen your choice.
The other thing about using honey is that these bars might stick together better because honey is thicker than maple syrup. Some of my granola bars crumbled a bit and I think that was the reason. I used the ones that crumbled in my yogurt and it was delish!Print
Low Sugar Granola Bars
A healthy grab-and-go snack option for when you’re on the move.
- 1/2 cup of chopped dried apricots
- 3/4 cup Sunflower seed butter
- 2 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup zero sugar maple syrup
- 2.1/4 cup of old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup no salt sunflower seeds
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup chopped pumpkin seeds
Line a 9 x 9 inch (or 8 x 8) square pan with parchment paper (let the paper hang over sides for easy removal of bars later) and set aside.
Stir in sunflower butter, sugar-free maple syrup, and coconut oil in a medium saucepan. Cook over med heat, stirring here and there until mixture reaches a simmer. Continue to simmer for one minute. Stir often so it doesn’t burn. Remove from heat.
Add the vanilla and salt and stir until combined.
Add in the oats, apricots, and seeds and stir until completely combined.
Press the granola firmly and evenly into the bottom of your prepared pan.
Cover and refrigerate the granola bars for about an hour or so, or until they are chilled.
Use the parchment paper to lift the bars out of the pan and transfer them to a cutting board.
Will freeze up to 3 months, good for 5 days in the fridge! Enjoy!
Oxalate: Less than 15mg per serving Calcium: 25mg Added Sugar: 0g Servings: 12 Bars
- Calories: 229
- Sugar: 5g
- Sodium: 80mg
- Fat: 16g
- Saturated Fat: 3g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Protein: 6g
- Cholesterol: 0mg