Recipe: Grain Free Coconut Apple Granola Bars

August 25, 2013 · 33 comments

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Gluten free and grain free eaters always need to come up with new snack ideas. There are very few commercial snacks that are actually made of real food.  Here is a grain free, gluten free snack bar that is made without oats, yet is nutritious and delicious!

Many of the packaged gluten free items are made with lots of other grains and starches, sugars and additives in general that are not good at all. In an attempt to replicate the taste and mouth feel of wheat, these manufacturers concentrate on those issues rather than nutrition (as with most packaged foods in general).  If you ever read the ingredient label of some of the packaged gluten free snacks (and other items) you will find lots of weird starches and additives.

It’s way too complicated for me!

Give me something with just a few real ingredients and I am much happier. And you will be too. These snack bars are nutrient rich, not too sweet, and fun for kids! They have been kid tested and they have passed!

Grain Free Coconut Apple Granola Bars


2 medium apples cored, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup chopped raisins
2 Tbsp honey (or other sweetener) + 1/4 tsp stevia (where to buy sweeteners)
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt (where to buy salt and spices)
1 cup blanched almond flour (where to buy)
1.5 cup crispy pecans (where to buy)
1 cup shredded coconut (where to buy)


Food processor, various bowls (where to buy a food processor)
8 x 11 baking pan


In the food processor, process the apples, raisins, honey, vanilla, cinnamon and salt until well mixed and remove to a bowl
Process the almond flour until it becomes a nut butter
Add back the first mixture and process all until smooth and mixed
Remove this batter from the processor into a bowl and place the pecans in the processor
Process until chopped finely but not too fine – use the pulse method
Add back the first mixture, plus the shredded coconut and process to just mix it all together
Spread the mixture into the baking pan
Try to get it even and smooth
Bake at 325 degrees F for 30 – 35 minutes or until browned on top and a toothpick comes out clean

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes

Shared at: My Meatless Monday, Barnyard Hop, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Hearth & soul Hop, Gluten Free Wednesday,Mommy Club, Allergy free Wednesday, Party Wave Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, Healthy 2Day, Whole Food Wednesday, Thank Your Body Thursday, Tasty Traditions, Gluten Free Friday, Foodie Friday, Hearth & Soul Hop

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1 Adrienne @ Whole New Mom August 25, 2013 at 9:17 pm

These look great, Jill! My son is going grain free and we just got a boatload of apples from a neighbor -thank you!


2 Hailey August 26, 2013 at 12:07 pm

This is the first granola bar recipe I’ve seen with apples in it, AWESOME! Going to have to make these soon :)


3 Chaya August 26, 2013 at 9:14 pm

With all those goodies inside and healthy ones, at that, I want to have one of these now. Thanks for sharing with My Meatless Mondays. Have a wonderful week.


4 Vicky August 27, 2013 at 12:22 pm

I LOVE the simplicity of this recipe, what a lovely treat!


5 Leslie August 27, 2013 at 12:45 pm

This would be a great raw recipe. They could easily be spread on a dehydrator sheet and dehydrated till firm but chewy. They would retain all of the vital enzymes to digest and wouldn’t require our body to provide them. You could even shred in some zucchini for some veggies.


6 April @ The 21st Century Housewife September 3, 2013 at 10:03 am

Your Coconut Almond Granola Bars sound both wholesome and delicious! I’ve pinned them to my Gluten Free Recipes board. Thank you for sharing them with us at The Hearth and Soul hop.


7 Sue September 4, 2013 at 6:45 pm

These look Delicious, I can’t wait to make them!! I shared on FB, so many of us are looking for “Healthy, Great-Tasting” Recipes. Love your site! :)


8 Fatima September 4, 2013 at 11:34 pm

I would love to make this recipe but my food processor is not really strong… So if I want to substitute already made almond butter for the almonds in the
Recipe how much would that be? Thanks for this wholesome recipe.


9 Jill September 5, 2013 at 7:12 am

Hi Fatima,
It would probably be about 3/4 cup of premade almond butter. The recipe is forgiving so it doesn’t have to be terribly precise — just enough to help hold things together.


10 Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma) September 5, 2013 at 1:36 pm

YUMMMM Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

Hope your week is great!

Cindy from


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Delicious love this wholesome granola bars, thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop pinning.


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