If you’re pressed for time in the morning, or frequently find yourself needing a snack to keep you satiated between meals, granola bars are great option.
While there are some store brands that I will have in a pinch, my belief is that homemade is always better because they are fresh and don’t require any preservatives. I often make bulk batches and keep them in my freezer. This saves time and energy and is super convenient.
These bars are loaded with healthy fats and fiber, keeping you fuller longer, and will hopefully deter you from reaching for any not so healthy temptations.
Just a tip before you get started.
You may want to soak your seeds for a few hours prior. Soaking nuts and seeds before consumption will increase digestibility, maximize absorption of nutrients by the body, promote greater enzyme activity, and initiate the sprouting process, which increases nutritional benefits.
Here you go!
Nut Free Apricot Granola Bars:
Preheat oven to 350°
In a large bowl, combine:
1 cup GF old fashioned oats (not quick oats)
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/2 tsp salt (optional)
1/4 cup applesauce
1/2 cup agave (honey would also work)
1 cup apricots
Press mixture down into a 9×7 in pan
Bake for 20-25 minutes.
*Let cool for about 30 minutes before cutting to prevent crumbling.