Famous Flax ‘n Oat Bar Recipe

Posted by on April 7, 2010 | 33 Comments

Okay, we all have a different definition of famous – but the wonderful folks at Enjoy Life Foods have featured this recipe on their blog. You can view the full post here on the ELF blog.

Chocolate Chip Flax 'n Oat Bars

I know, I know, it isn’t exactly Martha Stewart, but this company is fairly big, and one of my favorites. They use a dedicated allergen-free and gluten-free facility, which is hard to find these days. And, some of their products are surprisingly awesome. I love, love, love their mini chocolate chips (yes, they are even soy-lecithin-free), and their soft cookies. They are gluten-free, which I am not, but still awesome all around. I enjoy their granola too, but I am mostly a bake-at-home granola eater.

Anyway, I really wanted to have the recipe here for you all to access on my blog too, so here you go …

Chocolate Chip Flax 'n Oat Bars

 

No Bake Chocolate Chip Flax ‘n Oat Bars

Recipe adapted from my No Bake Granola Bar recipe in Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living.

Since I often make mini-batches of no bake snacks, but I don’t have an assortment of mini-pans, I typically make “rounds” instead of bars using silicon muffin pans. No cutting or greasing required, and anytime we need a snack, we just pop one out! This recipe is dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, and optionally gluten-free, nut-free, and/or vegan.

This recipe is Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Soy-Free, Wheat-Free, optionally Gluten-Free, optionally Nut-Free, and optionally Vegan.

  • 3 Tablespoons Maple Syrup, Honey, Corn Syrup, or Agave Nectar (your choice)
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar or Evaporated Cane Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut or Palm Oil (not shortening)
  • 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter, SunButter, or Your Favorite Nut or Seed Butter
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • Generous Pinch or Two of Salt (omit if using salted nut or seed butter)
  • 2 Tablespoons Ground Flaxseed
  • 1 Cup Quick or Rolled Oats (use certified gluten-free oats or give quinoa flakes a go for gluten-free)
  • 1 Cup Perky’s Crunchy Flax Cereal (can sub their rice cereal or crispy rice cereal)
  • 1/2 Cup Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips

In a medium-sized saucepan or skillet, combine the two sweeteners and the oil, and gently warm over low heat while stirring until the sugar crystals have dissolved. This should just take a couple of minutes.

Stir in the nut or seed butter, vanilla, and salt until smooth. Remove from the heat. Allow the mixture to cool for a couple of minutes.

Stir in the flaxseed, followed by the oats and cereal.

Now you have two choices here. If you want the chocolate chips to stay intact, let the mixture cool for few more minutes, and then stir in the chocolate chips. Or, if you are antsy like me, stir in the chocolate chips right away. They may melt a little against the warm pan, but I like them that way.

The mixture will be crumbly, but that is okay. Press it firmly into an 8 x 8 pan (use saran wrap or wax paper over your hand if it threatens to stick while pressing) or into 10 to 12 muffin tins. Make sure it is packed in there nicely, then place the bars into the freezer to chill for 30 minutes to an hour.

Cut into bars or pop them out and eat. I store them in the refrigerator, this keeps them fresh and from getting too soft.

Yields 10 to 12 snack bars

Chocolate Chip Flax 'n Oat Bars - Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free

Comments (33)

 

  1. i was just looking for an energy bar to make that felt like a nice treat, this will be perfect

  2. Yasmin says:

    Greatness! Soon to try out :)

  3. Michelle says:

    OH my god. I already printed out your recipe with the pictures so i can make them this weekend! hahahah :) Thank you for sharing the recipe Alisa…ahhh looks So good!

  4. Joanne says:

    Wow your granola bars look far better than any storebought ones that I’ve ever had. These babies have substance.

  5. I saw that!!! I am so proud of you!!! I consider that famous! The granola bars sound delicious!!!

  6. Sassy Stephanie says:

    Yum! I made these in mini muffin cups. Perfect treat for the kiddos and their lunch boxes!

  7. Rhonda says:

    Oh my! You make these look absolutely amazing. I’m going to try to make them and hope they turn out half as good as these look. Great suggestion by Sassy Stephanie to put into lounch boxes.

  8. that is so great that you can make this oat bar without baking it! it looks like a wonderful healthy snack, but with some nice chocolate chips for sweetness!

  9. Olive says:

    looks yummy and really healthy! I’ve been meaning to make granola.. my kids will never suspect that these are good for them ;)
    thanks for sharing!

  10. Those look awesome and congrats on the EL feature!!!! I got a similar recipe of mine published on the Tropical Traditions site. Of course, the pay is pretty low for this type of “publishing”…as in zero LOL

    Re your bugs and the CSA. Well if the food looks and smells ok, after a thorough washing, it’s probably fine. That said, mentally I could not get my head around that and seeing it would make my skin crawl and there’s no way in heck I could eat that food…blech!!!

    Thx for the great comments today, esp the pic of me/Skylar looking mischievous …ha! so true though!

  11. Janna says:

    Those looks really really good. I love crispy rice cereal so I have have to try the recipe with that!

    Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips are the only chocolate chips I buy! I hate that almost every other brand has soy in it.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  12. Rhonda says:

    I just made these today and while they turned out delicious, they didn’t stick together in the muffin tins too well. I’m thinking I should use more maple syrup and sunbutter next time. It hasn’t, however, stopped me from eating two helpings already. I’m going to send one to school tomorrow with my daughter. Thanks Alisa.

  13. alisa says:

    Sassy Stephanie – Great idea on the mini muffin tins!

    Rhonda – no bake bars can be finicky. Make sure you use the coconut oil called for and freeze the bars until solid. The coconut oil helps to make them nice and firm.

    If that isn’t the problem, then it is probably just a difference in the nut/seed butter you used from what I used, since they even very by brand in oils, thickness, etc. You may want to add a bit more nut butter, and I would add a touch more coconut oil or palm oil. If you want a sweeter bar, go for it with the maple syrup. You can even combine the ground flaxseed with the maple in advance, before adding to the recipe. I find this helps to “glue” up the flaxseeds.

  14. Linda says:

    Those look great. I love that they are no bake. It makes them a perfect summer time snack.

  15. Ricki says:

    Those look indescribably good! I love the idea of using a muffin tin. . .cute round bars, and not too big if you eat the whole thing! :)

  16. Shannon says:

    Mmm, these look great! I could use one of those for a mid-morning snack ;)

  17. Marianne says:

    These look like the perfect little snack. Plus they are no bake – gotta love that!

  18. Oh wow, I made something pretty similar the other day — but in chocolate form! Super yummy, I’ll have to try your version soon!

  19. Jessica says:

    Oh my gosh, awesome! I subbed Envirokidz Koala Crisp cereal because Perky’s is not vegan. I also packed them into mini muffin tins, which is a good thing because with the change in cereal, these were really sweet! Next time I will tweek it some depending on what I’m subbing, but I will definitely make these again. Yum!

  20. DebinHawaii says:

    These look delicious–love the idea of making them in the silicon muffin pans too.

  21. These healthy homemade bars sound just perfect for breakfast! bookmarked to make very soon!

  22. Meg says:

    I am SUPER excited to make these – they look amazing!!!

  23. AdrienneMonster says:

    I just made these, they tasted great! But I decided to forgo the brown sugar to make it healthier. That was a mistake! I now realize that the sugar was a critical ingredient to create the stickiness factor. Mine were a bit too crumbly to be considered functioning snack bars. But I still want to have a healthier version of this snack (I subbed raisins for the chocolate chips and used agave nectar). I’m not sure what the milled flax does when added to the peanut butter, but next time I’ll try using the flax and water egg substitute and add that separately. Does anyone know any other non-sugary vegan ingredients that can create this stickiness?

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  25. Nursing Mom says:

    Has anyone made these with fruit instead? can it be fresh or frozen fruit, or does it have to be dried?

    • alisa says:

      Since the mixture isn’t baked, I would only use fresh or frozen fruit if you will be eating them same day. Also, the fruit may squish or pop when your press the ingredients in. Dried really is best for this one, but you can omit if you don’t have any on hand.

  26. Savannah says:

    This recipe is very tasty, but even after pressing them together well and freezing for the recommended time, they were still pretty crumbly. They fall apart when you try to eat them. I will have to adjust the recipe so they hold together better.

  27. stoicflower says:

    Anyone know calorie n fiber count in these thanks sf

  28. Braveorchid says:

    I made these in the past and while they were crumbly they were quite good. I’d like to make them again, but I have a new problem: I’m finding coconut and I don’t get along. I’m a bit worried that palm oil is too similar–I honestly don’t know. Is there anything I can substitute that would perform the same function? Thank you!

  29. Jesse says:

    I make these for my hubbys lunch’s! They are so much cheaper then buying granola bars!!!!! He really likes them and I really like that they are natural, high fibre and have omegas, and are perfectly portioned…my kids and I really like them too! Thank-you so much for sharing this recipe!!!!

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