Crap Free Granola Bars

Just like the name of the recipe says, these bars are free of crap, but not free of taste.  They won't last forever like those shelf stable bars.  Why?  Because they are free of CRAP!  Listen honey, shelf stable foods shorten YOUR shelf life, so cut the crap.



1 ½ C quick oats
½ C dried mixed berries, chopped
¼ C non-dairy chocolate chips
2 TBS dried coconut
1 TBS chia seeds
¼ C unsweetened dried banana, chopped
2/3 C unsalted, crunchy peanut butter
½ C brown rice syrup



In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats through the chopped banana.  Add in your peanut butter and then brown rice syrup and either with a spatula or using your hands, mix all ingredients together until it is sticking together. 

Scoop mixture into an 8 X 8 dish (or some type of similar baking dish). Evenly distribute and pat down very well.  Cover with cellophane and refrigerate for four hours.  Slice and serve.


  • You can substitute almost any ingredient:
  • Use only the dried berries you like
  • don’t like coconut, omit it
  • can use flaxseed meal in place of chia seeds
  • any kind of nut butter will do; nut allergy?  Use sunflower seed butter
  • brown rice syrup, can be subbed out for honey (not vegan), agave syrup, maple syrup


Yo can also find the recipe here in St. Louis Health and Wellness Magazine


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