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Elderberry No Bake Granola Bars

These healthy, nut free elderberry no bake granola bars are so easy to make that they'll show up in your lunch box every week.  With soaked oatmeal, coconut oil, dried elderberries and honey these bars are homemade treat you and the kids will love!  

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword elderberry, granola, nobake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Refrigeration Time 4 hours
Serving Suggestion 6

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Oats, soaked or dry See notes for instructions on soaking oats for this recipe.
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 1/2 cup Coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup Coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup Coconut butter
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 cup Elderberries, dried
  • 1 cup Dark chocolate chips, optional

Instructions

  1. Line a 9 x 11 glass dish with parchment paper.

  2. Mix oats, salt, elderberries and chocolate chips in one bowl.

  3. Melt the honey, coconut sugar, coconut oil, coconut butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir to prevent scorching. When melted, remove from heat and cool a few minutes. Stir in vanilla.

  4. Add melted mixture to oat mixture and mix very well.

  5. Turn the oat mixture into the dish and press down firmly until the mixture is even. Use a piece of parchment paper on top of the mixture to press evenly and prevent your hands from getting sticky. Continue to press until you're sure the mixture is very firmly in place. If it is loose, the bars will not hold together.

  6. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. When done, remove parchment paper and cut granola bars with a pizza cutter. Individually wrap in parchment paper or beeswax wraps to keep from sticking.

  7. Store at room temperature for 3-5 days, or longer in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

To improve digestion, you can soak your oats with the following instructions:

  1. Place the oats in a bowl and cover them with water. 
  2. Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or whey. 
  3. Soak overnight on the counter.
  4. In the morning, rinse them thoroughly in a colander or sieve. 
  5. Dry the soaked oats in the oven or dehydrator by following the same instructions you did for dehydrating elderberries.  You can raise the temperature on the dehydrator to dry them more quickly.  If you'd like to use the oven, preheat it to 350F/177C and toast the oats for about 8 minutes.

If your bars aren't holding together, return the oat mixture to the bowl and add another 1/4 cup of melted coconut butter to it.  Mix thoroughly and re-press into the dish.  Return the dish to the refrigerator for 4 hours.