Grain-free Chai Granola Bars


Oh my gosh I have so many nuts, seeds and random little baggies of dried fruit in my pantry.

I thought that building the spice rack of my dreams would help control my habit of randomly purchasing things from bulk bins but it hasn’t (although it has made finding spices in our new home a whole heck of a lot easier).

Do you have the same issue? Let’s do something about it, shall we? And heck, if you don’t suffer from bulk bin purchase overload, run down to the store, grab a couple cups of your favorite nuts and seeds, and lets get this party started.

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You can use any nuts or seeds that you have on hand, really, this recipe is very forgiving. You can choose to use 2 1/4 cup of whatever nuts or seeds your little heart desires.

If you’re sensitive to nuts, use an array of seeds.

If you’re sensitive to banana, use apple sauce.

If you don’t like chai spice, use cinnamon, or cardamom, or pumpkin spice, or lucuma powder or leave them plain.

If you’re sensitive to grains don’t worry, there are none in these granola bars! Who needs grains in granola bars? Not us!


Either way, these healthy grain-free granola bars are going to be awesome!

They hold together really well, making them a fabulous travel companion.

Oh yes, and did I mention that they’re free from sugar? No coconut nectar, agave, honey, coconut sugar, nothing. Just a bit of fruit and a TON of healthy fats.


You’re excited, I know. I was too as I was making these guys.

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Grain-free Chai Granola Bars
Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Egg-free
Serves: 12
Oil-free, sugar-free granola bars that are super crunchy and hold together wonderfully. Spiced with chai masala and sweetened with dates and banana.
Nuts, Seeds and Fruit:
Binding Ingredients:
  1. Preheat oven to 325F and line a rectangle pan with parchment paper draping over either side for easy lifting, The size of pan will dictate the thickness of your bars. I used a 10x6.
  2. Place medjool dates in a bowl and cover with hot water. Leave to soak for 30 minutes. Drain well and set aside.
  3. Roughly grind your nut and seed mixture. There can be large and small pieces throughout the mix, just make sure there are pieces no bigger than the size of your pinky nail.
  4. Combine mixed nuts and seeds will hemp seeds, currants, roughly ground flax seed and roughly ground chia seed in a large bowl. Set aside.
  5. Mash soaked dates with a potato masher or fork until smooth. Add banana and mash together. Then, stir in almond butter and chai spice.
  6. Combine binding ingredients with the nut and seed mixture either with your hands, stand mixer or hand mixer. Mix until fully incorporated.
  7. Press into prepared pan and bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes, until edges begin to get golden. Remove from the oven, lift from the pan and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Cut into desired size and place on a baking sheet. Return back to the oven and cook for an additional 15 minutes to crisp up.
  8. Remove from the oven, turn onto a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.
I used a mixture of: ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut, ½ cup raw brazil nuts, ½ cup raw sunflower seeds, ¼ cup raw walnuts, ¼ cup savi seeds, and ¼ cup shelled unsalted pistachios.
If you're sensitive to banana, try replacing it with ¼ cup unsweetened apple sauce.
Can be stored in the freezer in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

View nutrition information (once on page, scroll down)

The trick is in the mashing. If you have a potato masher, use it. If you don’t, I bet a food processor would work.

You want the paste to be nice and smooth.


Some of the nuts and seeds that I put in my bars were a bit too big, causing some issues when I was cutting them. Try to make the pieces no larger than your pinky nail. Add everything to a bowl.


Then whip it good.

Well, not actually. Just combine the wet and the dry and roll it around with a stand mixer, hand mixer, or your hands, until everything’s mixed well.

Drop it into the pan and bake it!


Remove from the oven, cut into desired size, then throw them back in the oven to crisp up. This step will make the bars nice and portable, crispy, and delicious!

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What random nuts and seeds do you have lurking in your cupboards?

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  1. Hi Leanne,
    These are literally the BEST granola bars I have ever eaten! It’s amazing how good they are–thank you for inventing this recipe! My question is, my husband is in the military and may not consume hemp seeds, and I’m wondering if there is a comparable alternative to using them. I tried using raw pine nuts, coarsely ground, but they turned out a little bland (unsweet). Texture seems OK. What do you think? Thanks!!

  2. Leanne, I made those last night with almonds, pecans, raw peanuts, hemp hearts…and with homemade almond butter. The best snack ever!

    Leanne, I also clicked on the “Nutrition Information” and it took me back to the recipe. If you would have a moment, would you look into that?

  3. Sorry this isn’t about the recipe, it just happens to be the one I finally stopped to express my relief, excitement, happiness and thanks on… I’ve been on my own health pursuit for years with awful stomach problems exactly like the ones you have described, thinking its was so many things just to get let down with no results when trying to find solutions. I though it was IBS but I am now very sure that it is candida overgrowth… My stress is my main issue I think.. I have started doing yoga which seems to help a bit but can you give me any advice on meditation? How did you get into it? Also I am attending csnn in Vancouver this coming march, I am so excited and even more so now after reading what you have to say… Thank you thank you thank you! I have subscribed and can’t wait to read more of your blog and one day conquer all of these amazing recipes!

  4. I decided to make a batch for my mom, they’re currently baking. The batter is really tasty, it reminds me of a cliff bar i once had. Any who, Thanks for the great post!

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