A mistake of good fortune happened to me.  I set out to make cookies and I ended up with the yummiest gluten-free, sugar-free granola bars around!  They are husband and daughter approved.


  • 3 large, ripe bananas, well mashed (about 1.5 cups)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 coconut oil (can sub another oil if needed)
  • 2 cups rolled oats*
  • 2/3 cup almond meal
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut, shredded (my husband made mine from a fresh coconut!
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins (plump them in water for a few minutes, then drain before adding to batter)

*If you are allergic or intolerant to gluten, make sure your oats were not produced in a facility which also produces wheat products.


  • Preheat the oven to 350*.
  • Combine the bananas, vanilla and coconut oil. Set aside.
  • In another bowl, combine the remaining ingredients other than pecans and raisins.

  • Combine the wet and dry ingredients.
  • Fold in pecans and raisins.

  • Place in a 7×11 baking pan. (Feel free to adjust the pan size for a thinner/thicker bar, but watch the bake time!)
  • Take a fork and press the batter down firmly.  It should be VERY tightly packed in the pan.  (The pan in this picture is smaller but you can see how packed it is.)

  • Bake for 30-40 minutes. (I bake in a gas oven, so if you are using electric, you may need to check on it earlier.)  The bottom will be browning.  If the bottom is not brown, they need more time.
  • Let it sit for 10 minutes on a cooling rack.
  • Cut and enjoy.

These are chewy granola bars. For a crisper bar, after it cools, cut them and turn them over on a lined cookie sheet.  Cook for 10 more minutes, then turn off the oven.  Let them sit 10 more minutes and remove them from the oven.

I’ve tested this same batter for cookies (just place it in drops on a lined cookie sheet and bake 10-20 minutes until brown. Mine were too crumbly.) and granola (spread over a cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes, turn off the oven and let it set for 10 minutes, then crumble) but neither were as yummy as the bars.  But I’d still serve you a cookie if you came over.


Makes about 16 bars.


About ohappydaisy (Leslie)

I love happy things. That includes my silly husband, giggly daughter, polka-dots and daisies. We used to live in India, a land far away from the familiar, but we're back in the states. I cook a low-processed, gluten-free, sugar-free menu. I've struggled with my health since childhood. I learn a lot as I journey through my life and hope that readers with parallel paths will be encouraged and inspired towards happiness.

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