Made from seeds and nuts, these healthy sugar free low carb granola bars with chocolate chips are gluten, grain-free, and a great grab-and-go snack. They’re so much like the real thing – you won’t believe it!
[Before I begin, I have to thank my son who served as hand model for this post. I usually don’t share my family or much of our home-life on the blog, but “mr. helpful” needs to be acknowledged. :)]
My kids have been back to school for almost 2 months now. It’s been an exciting school year because my daughter started middle school. And, thanks to the school snack-shack, her options for available school snacks have broadened considerably. Even so, I continue to send her to school with homemade goodies like low carb Cheez-it’s or these chewy granola bars. I can’t help but feel that tucking a wholesome treat from home into her lunch bag let’s her know I love her.
If you have kids, then you’ve undoubtedly bought chewy granola bars with chocolate chips sometime in the past either as a school lunch treat or as a quick on-the-go snack. I know my kids love them, and so do I. I can’t tell you how many of the low carb chewy granola Atkins bars I’ve eaten in the last seven years – more than I care to admit. They are nice in a pinch, but I try to keep the additives to a minimum and I like to bake.
I’ve been making healthy sugar free granola bars for the kids in some form or another for years. I used to prepare them with gluten-free oats, but now I just make them with nuts and seeds for a healthy low carb and grain free option. Honestly, you can hardly tell the difference between this sugar-free version and those fruit and nut bars you see in the stores.
To keep these healthy granola bars as low in carbs, I added goji berries, which are high in antioxidants, but I often add dried cranberries or blueberries for the kids. Chocolate chips are a must for my kids and I like to use Lili’s sugar-free chocolate chips. Any mix of nuts and seeds can be used for this recipe, but don’t skip the sliced almonds – they’re what give these chewy granola bars that authentic granola-bar look.
I also highly recommend using a viscous sugar-free syrup like the Sukrin Fiber Syrup Clear (or gold), VitaFiber Syrup or xylitol syrup. You can try using sugar-free pancake syrup if you’d like, but I try to avoid heating aspartame as it can break down and/or react with other recipe related compounds.
This is the second low carb granola bar I’ve shared on LCM, the first being Kitchen Sink Bars which use puffed rice as the base ingredient. Wanting to provide a lower carb and grain-free option for more readers to enjoy, it was time to share this recipe. These bars are very lightly sweetened so add more powdered sweetener per your taste. I think you’ll agree that this recipe is as close as you’ll get to the real thing.
NOTE: I like to buy my almonds, walnuts and pecans from Costco for the best price. I commonly buy other nuts from Nuts.com – not only for the great variety they offer but for their great quality. Another great place to buy nuts is Trader Joe’s.
These Sugar Free Low Carb Granola Bars with Chocolate Chips are 6 net carbs each. Omit fruit for 4 net carbs bars.
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Sugar Free Low Carb Granola Bars with Chocolate Chips
- 2 cups (200 g) sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup (55 g) walnuts
- 1/2 cup (55 g) pecans
- 1/3 cup (40 g) goji berries (or your favorite no-sugar added fruit)
- 1/3 cup (40 g) raw pumpkin seeds
- 1/3 cup (45 g) sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup (40 g) golden flax meal
- 1/4 cup (65 g) Lily's SF Chocolate Chips
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 tablespoons (28 g) melted butter
- 3 tablespoons low carb powdered sugar
- 1/3 cup Sukrin Fiber Syrup Clear (or Gold or VitaFiber or SF pancake syrup), 89 ml
- Preheat the oven to 350 and place the rack to the middle position. Line a 13 x 9 inch baking dish or pan with parchment paper (or foil) by spraying the dish with baking spray to help it stick. Make sure the parchment over-hangs the sides so you can lift out the bars. Spray the parchment, too.
- Place the sliced almonds into a food processor (or chop by hand) and process until they resemble oats. Place the chopped almonds into a medium bowl. Chop the pecans and walnuts into smaller pieces - I use a chef's knife. Add them to the almonds. Add the gogi berries, pumpkins seeds, sunflower seeds, golden flax meal, chocolate chips, cinnamon, ginger and powdered sweetener into the bowl. Mix thoroughly. Pour the butter over and mix again. Add the fiber syrup and mix one more time.
- Pour the chewy granola bar mixture into the prepared baking dish and distribute as evenly as possible. Lay a piece of waxed paper on top of the mixture and using a flat bottomed glass, firmly press the granola mixture into the dish.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until it just begin to brown around the edges. Let rest in the dish for 10 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack by using the parchment to lift it out. Let it cool completely before cutting into 16 bars with a large, sharp chef's knife. Apply pressure in a downward motion and resist sawing back and forth. Store in an airtight container.
Omitting the fruit makes these bars 11 total carbs and 4 net carbs each.