No bake Cinnamon Raisin Granola Bars

No bake Cinnamon Raisin Granola Bars (42)

I’ve never been evacuated from my home.

I’ve never shoveled wet mud over my basement windows, or stacked sandbags in front of my garage.

I’ve never had my home torn into pieces by a river.

I’ve never seen my valuables soaked in 8 feet of water.

I’ve never had to pick pine needles from my ceiling.


The flood that hit Canmore Alberta on Thursday morning; and continued to Calgary in just a few short hours, overwhelmed all of us.

My brother-in-law and his family have suffered great loss, as have thousands of other families in our province.

I won’t pretend that I know exactly what these families are feeling because I’ve never gone through exactly what they’re going through.

But I’ve experienced pain and hopelessness.

I’ve lost things that were important to me.


I’ve grieved, I’ve cried, and I’ve felt that I would never be whole again.


And, I know what it feels like to rebuild, reinvent, and keep living.

I know that food heals.

I know that taking care of my body in tragedy is the best gift I can give myself.

So I sit here today doing what I do best – creating food and making myself really, fully here to support and love and heal.

No bake Cinnamon Raisin Granola Bars

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No bake Cinnamon Raisin Granola Bars
Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Nut-free, Egg-free
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Serves: 16
Nut-free, gluten-free granola bars made with NO oats! Lightly sweetened and delicious.
  1. Lightly oil a 13x9 pan with a dab of coconut oil and set aside.
  2. Add puffed cereal, buckwheat, raisins, flax and cinnamon to a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. Add coconut nectar and sunflower butter to a medium-sized saucepan. Heat on medium heat, stirring constantly, until bubbles form. Then cook for another 2 minutes.
  4. Pour sunflower butter mixture into cereal mix and rotate with a spoon until covered.
  5. Drop into prepared pan, press down firmly and even out with your hands or the back of a spatula. The harder you press, the better your bars will be!
  6. Place the pan in the fridge for one hour. Remove, cut into bars and serve.Can be served at room temperature and hold together nicely.
  7. Best stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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No bake Cinnamon Raisin Granola Bars

Lightly oil a 13×9 pan with a dab of coconut oil and set aside.

Add puffed cereal, buckwheat, raisins, flax and cinnamon to a large bowl. Set aside.

No bake Cinnamon Raisin Granola Bars

Add coconut nectar and sunflower butter to a medium-sized saucepan. Heat on medium heat, stirring constantly, until bubbles form.

Then cook for another 2 minutes.

No bake Cinnamon Raisin Granola Bars

Pour sunflower butter mixture into cereal mix and rotate with a spoon until covered.

Drop into prepared pan, press down firmly and even out with your hands or the back of a spatula. The harder you press, the better your bars will be!

No bake Cinnamon Raisin Granola Bars

Place the pan in the fridge for one hour. Remove, cut into bars and serve.Can be served at room temperature and hold together nicely.

Best stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

No bake Cinnamon Raisin Granola Bars

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  1. I feel ya on this one… I know a couple of people who live in Calgary and thankfully, they haven’t been affected by the floods. Like you said, I can’t even begin to imagine how the people experiencing them right now feel, but I do know what it’s like to experience loss. I hope your family are all safe, Leanne. In the meantime, these bars sound amazing! Bookmarking for the long weekend! :)

  2. Natural disasters are so overwhelming and each locale has its own variety of Mother Nature showing up with her mucking boots on to rearrange the place. My heart goes out to everyone affected along with my hopes that the tragedies bring out the gracious best in the folks who weather them (pun intended). Hugs in particular to you and your family!!

    These bars sound really tasty – I will have to make a batch then see if I can get my little monkeys to swing down out of their summertime trees to try them!

  3. Leanne,

    I’m sorry to hear about the flooding : (. I admire your continued focus to love yourself well through healthy eating ! I will be praying for you and your family. Is there anything you need? I don’t have much but would love to help if I can. Please just let me know ! Carrie

    • Hi Carrie! You are too sweet. Prayers and positive thoughts for Alberta is more than enough! Thank you, Carrie ;)

  4. I am sorry for your losses in Canada. Here in CO we have 12 wildfires going, with the biggest one in the history of Colorado – consuming 511 homes in flames and killing many of their pets and livestock- just miles from my own home. My heart and prayers go out to you, your loved ones, and your community as well.

    • Here’s praying they are all contained and soon! I remember being in at CU in Boulder in the late 90’s not long after the fire up Boulder Canyon, driving up through there and seeing the blackened, twisted tree trunks, which is nothing compared to what’s happening now. Hugs and love for a safe, expedient end to the devastation.

  5. My home was flooded, along with thousands of others, in NY and PA during Tropical Storm Lee in Sept 2011. With no power and no kitchen we ate a lot of granola bars ;-) We still obsessively check river levels every time it rains…but we also learned to rely on each other (and strangers) for help. What people who have not been flooded don’t understand is how much work needs to be done in a short amount of time – gutting and hauling away everything touched by water before it starts to mold takes an extraordinary amount of work and many, many, many volunteers. Wear a mask and sturdy gloves! Much love to your family <3

  6. I’m so sorry for your family and friends’ loss. Thinking about all of those dealing with such destruction. Definitely a time for enjoying a little good for you comfort food. As always, your creation looks incredibly tasty!

  7. Thinking of you and Alberta at this time. Stay safe, strong and keep blogging because you’re wonderful!
    I am trying to go oat (and a bit gluten) free for a little (GI stuff…) but am wondering if I could substitute anything else for buckwheat groats and coconut nectar… don’t have on hand! Thanks so much.

  8. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, and all those in the affected area…

    I cannot imagine what you all are going through…but (and pardon the quote), time heals all wounds…It will get better.

    Much love.

  9. I lived and worked in High River and Calgary for 7 years. I am so shocked by this and can’t fathom what my friends and family there are living through. All are all safe — some with a ruined home to return to unfortunately, but alive and safe. So sending thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Albertans have great spirit and so will no doubt survive and thrive again. XOX

  10. I don’t watch the news, so this is the first I’ve heard about the floods in Alberta. In 2010, I watched my beloved city of Nashville and her suburbs drowned in a “1,000 year flood.” My heart aches for you, Leanne. I pray for peace, comfort, and beautiful things to grow from this storm. Sending you many prayers from Tennessee!

  11. We have a number of friends from High River, and their families’ homes are all but destroyed… truly heartbreaking! Hoping those areas stay safe in this turbulent weather! It sure is amazing to see the communities group together and support one another though. Makes me proud to be Albertan.

    Also, thanks for another great recipe! I always look forward to checking your blog. :)

  12. 2 Corinthians 1: 3-4 May The Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God, give you peace and hope In the midst of trouble and distress and destruction. May He restore,renew, replenish, and replace all that was lost: Including possessions, joy, security etc and replace fear,discouragement, and sorrow with His love that never fails, hope that abounds, peace that passes understanding. May He give you grace to rebuild with courage. Blessings and love to all, sandi

    • Amen!
      I can’t imagine the devastation, even seeing pictures. Your family, friends and province are in my prayers!

  13. Several years ago, our neighborhood flooded. I had neighbors who had the water lapping up from the basement into the main level of their homes. Cars floated by on the cross street from ours. My basement only had three feet of water, so I felt lucky. However I was still devastated as everything was a loss. But what I grieved over the most, was the box of pictures my mom gave me of family from Scotland. Her great grandparents, grandparents, of course mine, aunts, uncles, cousins, many already departed. As I stood in water I shouldn’t have been standing in, looking at the ruined pictures and everything else floating around, a cassette album from a series done at our church floated in front of me titled, Strength For the Storms of Life. I’ll never forget the hope I felt despite my sadness. This too shall pass. It did and I’m stronger for it. God bless Alberta. Praying for you!

  14. I also have family in Alberta.. sending my love to them and to everyone else affected by this tragedy!

    Your bars look delicious. I actually noticed puffed quinoa for the first time the other day at Bulk Barn. I contemplated getting some but I decided to wait until I found a recipe that required them. Bingo! Thanks!

  15. sending lots of prayers out west to Alberta, to my relatives and friends in Exshawe, Seebee and Calgary, one family in particular is without potable water and electricity and a newborn. it must be frightening. thankful babies only need Mum and clean bums :) in times of stress and disaster, thank God for natural foods perfect in any situtation.

  16. Positive thoughts going out and up to Canada! Hoping everyone is safe and sound and pulls through!

  17. These look excellent! I’ve actually been looking for a granola bar recipe that didn’t contain oats, only… do you have any suggestions for what to use in place of the coconut nectar? Would honey work? My partner is extremely allergic to coconut, so it’s a no-go (makes finding alternative recipes really hard, as you can imagine, with coconut everything being so in right now).

    Love sent to everyone in Alberta. <3 I have dear friends there.

    • Hi Leah – for sure, honey would work… no issues about that! Ah yes, the coconut everywhere. I’ve had great success replacing coconut nectar with honey, coconut sugar with date sugar or brown sugar, or shredded coconut with hemp seeds. I hope that helps!

  18. Thank you for making sure that those of us living far from the floods realize the human toll of these disasters, Leanne.

  19. Having lived in Alberta for many years I am sending best wishes for all those affected by this extreme weather event. Please do not forget those who are not in Calgary and are being flooded downstream as well.

  20. I am praying for all of those families affect and anyone feeling the pain from it! Hugs to all from the US! <3

  21. So sorry for your family and all others that are going through this!
    If using quinoa – should it be cooked first?

    • Hey Bethany – thanks for your loving words :) The quinoa needs to be puffed, you can find links to the recipes or products in the recipe. Enjoy!

  22. I had NO idea you could eat buckwheat or quinoa raw. . .Do you soak yours before using them?

    • Hey Liz! Buckwheat, totally. Quinoa… no. The recipe calls for puffed millet, puffed quinoa or puffed amaranth. I used puffed amaranth for the recipe. SO good.

  23. Sending you and all other Albertans lots of love and support from Toronto. The selflessness and kindness that Canadians show to each other so often really shines during these moments of crisis, and the fact that you’re still willing to blog and share a recipe with us shows that you really epitomize those qualities, Leanne. Hugs to you, keep your chin up and this too shall pass!

  24. I live in Ontario, but I have friends in Alberta. My heart goes out to all of you. Sending positive thoughts for better days ahead <3

    • Puffing quinoa and millet is flippin’ impossible… but amaranth isn’t too difficult! I find that 1 tbsp makes about 1/4 cup puffed. Enjoy!

  25. Hi Leanne,
    I’m so sorry to hear about the losses you brother in-law has suffered. Is he in Canmore? I am in Canmore and my husband and I have come out relatively unscathed. Our neighbourhood, however, has been destroyed and it was so difficult to stand by and watch it happen. Being a block from Cougar Creek and listening to one of my favourite places collapse, taking with it, people’s sense security was gut wrenching. My heart is broken for all of those here (and all other affected areas) that have lost everything. Our community is amazing and the outpouring of support has been outstanding. Hopefully your brother in-law was on the receiving end of some awesome community support until your family was able to get to him.
    The granola bars look awesome, thank you for sharing. They sound super nourishing, exactly what everybody needs right now.

    • Hi Kristen – I’m so sorry to hear about your neighborhood. I couldn’t even imagine what it felt like – watching and knowing you can’t do anything about what you’re seeing. I’m happy to hear everyone is okay. The outpouring of support in Calgary has been unreal, too. I’m so proud to be an Albertan!

  26. Leanne- Sending love and light to you and those affected by the flooding. I cannot begin to imagine the feeling of loss that is bing experienced. You are such a wonderful beacon of light during this time of gloom in your area. You have such great internal strength, thank you for sharing your passion with us. ((Hugs))

  27. Happy to have another use for my buckwheat groats.

    I have two brothers in Calgary and am thankful neither lost their homes and am sorry for your family’s loss.

  28. My oldest son lives in Medicine Hat so this flood touched my family as well. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this.

  29. Leanne, thank you for writing this post. As always, you are giving and kind and inspire others to be as well :) I’m learning how to care for myself again after a lot of loss (although I can’t imagine what the people in this province are experiencing) and your blog is always a ray of encouragement. I can’t wait to try this recipe out, and share with my loved ones. Thank you!

  30. Seeing the city I was born and raised in beneath feet and feet of water was so surreal. The flooding is devastating and tragic, but thankfully, my friends and family are safe and sound (if not totally shaken up). My heart goes out to everyone affected, and I’m encouraged to see Albertans banding together and supporting each other through this terrible event to rise above it in solidarity. xo, Leanne

  31. Yes the flooding in Alberta is absolutely horrific–I’ve lifted up those affected victims and family members to Heavenly Father for special needs and blessings during this time.
    I always absolutely enjoy your recipes, though haven’t really tried any yet- I can see how healthy they are; and this one is also. Hope to try the granola bars for church potluck. Thanks for all you do and may God continue to bless you and yours, Leanne.

  32. The pictures coming from Alberta are so heart-wrenching. In recent years, seems disasters are hitting more and more folks in places never touched before, and are getting stronger and fiercer than ever.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected, and to everyone that has assisted in anyway to help those in need. Mankind helping mankind!!!


  33. Hi, sorry to hear about how the flooding has negatively affected you. I live in Drayton Valley, and we were on watch for a little while, still are in fact.

    Life always wants us to be stronger than we thought we could be. Take care of yourself!

  34. Hey, so sad to hear about the flooding.
    Long story short, I have a genetic disorder and can’t use fat for energy so I try to eat very little of it or I end up with rhabdomyolysis. Do you think I could sub anything for the sunflower butter? Or sub anything for part of it? Like maybe more coconut nectar (or honey)?
    It’s hard to find good granola bars that have only a small amount of fat.


  35. My heart goes out to all those affected, and is warmed by the spirit and sense of community that this has brought to Calgary.. I was lucky enough to come out unscathed but know a ton of people who lost everything. It was truly beautiful to see everyone come together to help, and the overwhelming amount of volunteers! I am so proud of our city :)

  36. Amazing recipe!!

    I made it with a dry mix of hemp hearts, coarse oat bran, almond meal, and they turned out great!

  37. sending prayers up for the folks out there, I was thought I would try honey as a sweetener in some of your recipes, what do you think? Do you use honey much, we have bees, so it is plentiful and I would like to incorporate it more in my baking/cooking.

    • Hi Kathy – thank you for your kind words. Honey would totally work in this recipe!

  38. Just stumbled upon your blog while looking for gluten free recipes. What a wonderful selection you have! It’s been a while since this post but I pray for you and your family to get through this devastation. I pray for Alberta to strive again. When I was young, I was in a horrible flood in India so I know how it feels. Much love and best wishes from New Zealand

    • Hi Ruchi! Thank you for your kind words. I’m so happy that you found me!

  39. I’ve enjoyed many a recipe from your site in the name of good health….today I learned my 9 year old son can not tolerate gluten, dairy (including goat), eggs, beef, almonds, peanuts, garlic, pineapple and pears. Wow, even knowing what I know, I found this list overwhelming at the shopping center today. Reading labels, labels labels…
    Anyway, made these tonight for the lunch box tomorrow. Had fun popping the amaranth once I got the hang of it. Used goji berries instead of raisins….couldn’t stop eating from the bowl as I went along….which gives me hope we can live with these restrictions.
    Thanks! Jody

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