sunflower granola bars with chocolate (a recipe)


My friend Maryea, the writer behind the Happy Healthy Mama blog, posted a recipe the other day for a 4-ingredient peanut butter granola bar with chocolate that was also vegan and gluten-free.  I was intrigued.  I’ve been looking for some sort of recipe for a relatively healthy snack that I could eat using oatmeal and this seemed perfect: quick to make, few ingredients, and I could possibly substitute the peanut butter with one of my new favorites – sunflower butter!


This is a great alternative for people with nut allergies.  I have a peanut and a tree nut allergy so I can’t enjoy things like almond butter, and sunflower butter has been the closest thing to tasting like the real deal that I’ve had in years.  I imagine that this recipe would also taste great using things like cashew butter or almond butter if you don’t have any sort of nut allergy, so have fun and be creative with it!

Below is my rendition of Maryea’s recipe using the altered ingredients.  For the full instructions on how to make them, click here.


– 2 cups of old fashioned oats
– 3/4 cup of sunflower butter
– 1/2 cup of pepitas (pumpkin seeds; I used the roasted and lightly salted kind)
– 1/2 cup of maple syrup
– 1/2 cup of chocolate (either chips or a bar; I used milk chocolate but you can use semi-sweet or dark)

The original recipe calls for maple syrup or honey.  I used maple syrup because I’m also allergic to honey.  I think the maple syrup lends it enough sweetness for the bars to taste good on their own without the chocolate.  I agree with Maryea: the chocolate sort of just takes it to another level and makes it more like a candy bar.  Yum!


I used a 9″x13″ pan as suggested in the original recipe and it produced a very thin bar.  She provides very detailed directions about rolling them flat pre- and post- baking which are very helpful.  And I found it helpful to cut them after baking before adding the chocolate layer; it made cutting through the chocolate layer much easier later.



P.S.  As I post this last photo I realize that my chocolate spreading skills may need some tuning up.  It looks like I was generous is some spots compared to others!


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