Sweet and Salty Granola Bars (made without nuts and gluten)

  • Cooking spray, such as coconut oil spray
  • 1/2  cup local honey
  • 2 Tbsp  sunflower seed butter
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup crispy rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup gluten free pretzels, crushed
  • 1/2 cup  dried fruit cranberry
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds roasted
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips

Yields: 12 bars


  1. Line an 8×8 baking pan with a sheet of aluminum foil or parchment paper– let the paper hang over the sheet pan a little for easy removal once the bars are ready.   Generously spray the foil with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Add honey, sunflower seed butter, and coconut oil to a small pot, and heat on low until ingredients are melted. Remove from heat.
  3. Combine remaining ingredients except the chocolate chips in a large mixing bowl, stirring until evenly distributed. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix until fully incorporated.  Add chocolate chips and mix.
  4. Transfer mixture to prepared pan and use a spatula, making sure to press down firmly. Cover pan and place into the fridge for 2 hours.  When bars have set, remove from pan, and cut into individual bars. Store bars in the fridge or freezer for best results.