Who doesn’t love granola bars?  But what about all of the sugar and processed ingredients?  Here is a healthier and even more delicious than store bought granola bar recipe – one that can be made as a healthy alternative for anyone, and modified for gluten free and vegan diets.  It’s full of protein and fiber and perfect for breakfast or an easy snack.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Granola Bar by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #healthy #vegan #glutenfree

With my diet changing to gluten free and “cleanish,” I wanted to start making more of our food from scratch to control the ingredients and also ensure we are getting all of the nutrients that we need and not having to worry about all of the extra sugar and crap.  But I still need to feed my family normal food that tastes exactly like it’s processed and sugary counterparts.  Mamma’s on a mission, and these granola bars are the home run of delicious health food.

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Granola Bar by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #healthy #vegan #glutenfree

These homemade granola bars took all of 5-10 minutes to make.  Quick and easy.  I attached the picture above so you can see how the parchment paper is supposed to come out of all of the sides of the baking pan.  You want to be able to lift it out to cut it.  Not that I learned from experience or anything.  These granola bars are great as a healthy breakfast, as a nutritious snack, or for fuel on a long hike.  They are full of fiber and protein and will keep you full.

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Granola Bar by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #healthy #vegan #glutenfree

 

Depending on your nutrition lifestyle, you can use any kind of peanut butter granola.  Because it’s gluten free, non-GMO, is high in protein and low in sugar, I like the Peanut Butter granola from KIND.  The commissary and my local grocery store have it, but you can also get it on Amazon.

It’s the same with the protein powder.  You can use your favorite kind, or if you want a Gluten Free and Vegan option, my favorite is Protein and Greens chocolate flavor from Vega.  It’s a plant based protein, but mixed in with other food, you will never know the difference.  I order mine from Amazon.

You can use regular ole Jif or Peter Pan peanut butter, you can use all natural and organic peanut butter, you can use almond butter or sun butter.  They all work the same as the cohesive glue for the granola bars, and all give you that same nutty taste.  AND… if you absolutely need to add some sugar or extra sweetness, add in 2 TBSP of Nutella or Chocolate Spread. See – I’m not a total nutrition ogre.  I do understand that everyone has different needs and tastes and this recipe is soooo easy to mix up based on your requirements.

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Granola Bar by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #healthy #vegan #glutenfree

 

One interesting note on the vegan thing that I’m learning.  So there is eating vegan for health reasons, and eating vegan to emancipate animals.  I am not vegan, but I am shifting my diet to eating vegan-like or half vegan or paleo-vegan (or whatever) for health reasons.  The “true” vegans do not eat honey because honey bees fall into the same category as animals.  After some interesting research, I found out that there is an epic debate about whether honey is vegan or not.  Wowza.

Let me explain something to you.  Where I grew up, PETA stands for People Eating Tasty Animals, and a freezer full of venison would feed a family all winter.  Hubby and Stepson get red meat served to them once a week.  If you take issue on the use of honey, you probably aren’t reading my blog to begin with.  I welcome all folks to read my blog, but my goal here is health-related, and to share my journey with you.  Since I have eliminated about 85% of meat and dairy from my diet, I will be sharing some vegan recipe options with you, but they will be on the healthy side of veganism.  Not the ethical side.  Just so we’re all clear.

Oh… after that diatribe, I almost forgot the reason why I embarked on the honey train to begin with… if you are trying to lessen or give up sugars and artificial sweeteners, honey and maple syrup are the best substitutes (aside from fruit of course) for sweet additives to your food.  Get emotionally prepared for more honey coming your way!

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Granola Bar by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #healthy #vegan #glutenfree

 

After all of that nonsense… back to what I was saying in the first place… Here’s something new I’m going to try.  One recipe with three versions.  You can make these regardless of where you are on the nutrition spectrum.  The printable recipe card will be for the full-on GF/Vegan version, but I will walk you through how each one is different and you can adjust as you wish.

Option #1 is the Normal Healthy version.

  • You can use any kind of peanut butter.
  • You can use any kind of peanut butter granola (check the sugar content!)
  • You can use any kind of protein powder.
  • You can use any kind of dark chocolate chips.

Option #2 is the Gluten Free version.

  • You can use any kind of peanut butter.
  • You can use any kind of dark chocolate chips.

Option #3 is the GF and Vegan version – on the printable card.

Click on the recipe card to open a new window for a printable version.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Granola Bar by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #healthy #vegan #glutenfree

 

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Granola Bar by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #healthy #vegan #glutenfree

 

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What about you?  What do you think of sharing one recipe that can be made three different ways?  I would love to hear what you think!

Love, hugs, and float like a butterfly.

Holly

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