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Back To School Vegan Granola Bars, Gluten Free & Nut Free

cherry granola bars

Looking for back school snacks that are free of nuts, gluten, dairy and eggs? These soft and chewy granola bars are low in sugar, high in protein and make a great snack for kids or adults.

Having the right combination of protein, carbohydrates and fat in a school snacks are a must. We don’t want to send our kids to school with sugary, empty calorie snacks. This will simply spike their blood sugar and make it harder for them to concentrate.

Rolled oats are great as they are slow carbohydrates, therefore they will not spike blood sugar. Adding in sunflower seeds, pepitas and hemp seeds will add protein to this delicious granola bar recipes. Coconut and sunflower seed butter will also provide healthy fats to keep your child feeling full. Cherries and little maple syrup will sweeten these granola bars nicely.



Many of my followers ask me for gluten free and nut free snack ideas and they also specify ones made without dates. This granola bar recipe is made with frozen cherries and raw seeds so it makes for a delicious combination. Let me know how you and your kids enjoy these back to school vegan granola bars.


Looking for other healthy school snacks? Check out this delicious blueberry muffin recipe.


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup frozen cherries- let thaw
  • 1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup pepitas
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seed butter
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds or hemp seed
  • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil


  1. In a food processor pulse all ingredients until they come together
  2. Spread mixture into a greased 8×8 square baking dish and bake 325F for 20-25 minutes
  3. Let cool, slice into bars and store in fridge

88 responses to “Back to School Vegan Granola Bars- Gluten & Nut Free

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Shirley Plant

About Shirley

I'm Shirley Plant, nutritionist and cookbook author. My passion is helping you figure out which foods fuel your body and which ones deplete it.

Appearances By Shirley

  • CTV News
  • Rogers TV
  • The Eat Real Food Health Summit
  • Menopause Wellness Summit
  • The Parenting TeleSummit

Appearances By Shirley

  • CTV News
  • Rogers TV
  • The Eat Real Food Health Summit
  • Menopause Wellness Summit
  • The Parenting TeleSummit

Shirley's Cookbooks

Finally... Food I Can Eat!

Finally... Food I Can Eat!

A dietary guide and cookbook featuring tasty non vegetarian and vegetarian recipes for people with food allergies and intolerances. Recipes free of gluten, dairy, eggs, corn, wheat, nightshades, sugar and yeast.

Finally... Paleo Food I Can Eat!

Finally... Paleo Food I Can Eat!

Paleo recipes for breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, and dessert. Recipes free of grains, legumes, dairy, refined sugar, eggs and almonds. Plus, chapters on the mind body connection by Dr. Eva Selhub M.D and healing your body from chronic illness with Dr. Terry Wahls. M.D.