Homemade Granola Bars with Dairy-Free Protein

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I love both making and eating recipes like this one. Homemade granola bars are a favorite in our home, and I am certain that I will be churning out many batches this season. This tummy-friendly homemade granola bars recipe with photo was shared with us by VSL#3, the makers of a multi-strain probiotic medical food.

Homemade Granola Bars with Dairy-Free Protein Recipe

2016 Update: VSL#3 Now A Dairy-Free Probiotic

VSL#3 - the 1st dairy-free probiotic medical foodVSL#3 has always been non-dairy by ingredients. Probiotics are technically just bacteria. However, this brand did have a “may contain” disclaimer for traces of dairy due to the production process. Fortunately, VSL Pharmaceuticals has relocated manufacturing of its probiotic medical food VSL#3 back to Italy to remove all traces of dairy from the process, making it the only dairy-free probiotic medical food available.

According to VSL’s U.S. Distributor, “Moving VSL#3 back to the original manufacturing facility in Italy has allowed the brand to revert back to an established process that removes all dairy while maintaining the original proprietary mix of eight strains of live bacteria.”

The new manufacturing process will also stabilize pricing and enable packaging improvements. To note, a trace amount of cornstarch has been added to the product to reduce moisture and maintain potency.

Special Diet Notes & Options: Homemade Granola Bars

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, optionally gluten-free, tree nut-free, optionally soy-free, and vegetarian.

For peanut-free homemade granola bars use sunflower seed butter or pea butter in place of the peanut butter. If peanuts are your only concern, then you can use almond butter, cashew butter, or another nut-butter.

For egg-free and vegan homemade granola bars, substitute the egg with 1/4 cup mashed banana or applesauce, 1 chia or flax egg, or 1 Ener-G egg replacer.

Homemade Granola Bars with Dairy-Free Protein
 
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Serves: 35 servings
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  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease a 10x15-inch baking tray.
  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, brown rice syrup, brown sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth.
  4. Add the oats, chocolate chips, coconut, chia seeds, and protein powder, and stir with a wooden spoon to thoroughly combine. The batter will be thick lick cookie dough.
  5. Dump the mixture onto your baking tray and press it in using a wooden spoon or lightly damp hands.
  6. Let the dough rest for 30 minutes.
  7. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the bar mixture is golden brown around the edges.
  8. Let cool for 30 minutes before cutting into bars. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for a few days, or frozen to enjoy later.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

2 Comments

  1. Alisa, if I were to omit the shredded coconut what could I use? More oats? Or walnuts? I’m super excited to make a healthy granola bar like this but hubby doesn’t like coconut and if i want to get him to eat it I’ll have to omit it.

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