Sourdough granola bars are the perfect snack. They are easy to pack around and full of sustaining energy. They are for delicious breakfast-on-the-go, school lunches, or a homemade energy bar. Best of all, they can be made gluten-free, sugar-free, or vegan!
Not sure about making sourdough granola bars? Here’s why these bars are better because of a little fermentation.
- Fermentation adds a delicious sourdough flavor to these granola bars.
- Soaked and fermented grains are easier to digest, so this granola bar won’t leave you feeling sluggish from the carb overload.
- Pre-fermentation also eliminates the need for additional flour or sweetener. The lactic bacteria will break down the rolled oats before baking.
The recipe is written for a classic sourdough starter however there are other options:
- It’s also perfect for using up sourdough discard. Just make sure the discard isn’t more than a few weeks old. Otherwise, the granola bars won’t taste very good.
- I have also tested the recipe with a gluten–free sourdough starter. No adjustments are required! Just be sure to use GF oats for gluten-free granola bars.
- If you don’t maintain a sourdough starter, here’s how to make a quick one using milk kefir or kombucha.
Granola Bar Flavors
The best part about homemade baked goods is that they are a delicious way to experiment with flavor. Sourdough granola bars are perfect for so many flavor options.
Here are a few of my favorites:
- Blueberry Almond: This classic granola bar is perfect for breakfast on the go. Use 1/2 cup of almonds, 1/4 cup of dried blueberries, and 1/4 cup of shredded coconut.
- Salty Peanut: Use 1 cup of salted peanuts for a salty (not sweet) granola bar. Or use only 1/2 cup of peanuts with 1/2 cup of chocolate chips for that mix of salty-sweet. Yum!
- Immune Boosting: This school-friendly and beautiful granola bar is packed full of zinc, iron, and antioxidants. Use a 1/2 cup of goji berries and 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds.
- Chocolate Pecan: Turn your granola bars into a sweet treat by adding 1/2 cup of chopped pecans and 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips.
- Tropical Punch: This granola bar combines the sweetness of tropical fruit with high protein cashews for a healthy energy bar that will help you go the distance. Use 1/2 cup of mixed tropical fruit (mango, pineapple, and papaya) with 1/4 cup of cashews and 1/4 cup of shredded coconut.
Sourdough Granola Bars
Using a sourdough starter means that this healthy snack doesn’t require sweetener or additional flour as a binder. Sourdough granola bars are perfect for all sorts of flavor options. See the section above for 5 delicious options: blueberry almond, chocolate pecan, tropical or salty peanut.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 50 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
- Yield: 12 bars 1x
- Category: Snack
- Method: Sourdough
- Cuisine: Healthy
- Diet: Vegetarian
- 1 1/2 cups of rolled oats (quick or regular)
- 1/2 cup sourdough starter (see above alternatives)
- 2 eggs (see notes for vegan flax eggs option)
- 1/4 cup ground dates or brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup mixed nuts, seeds, and dried fruit
- Mix rolled oats and the sourdough starter in a glass bowl. It will be quite dry. However, cover and leave it to soak or ferment for at least 30 minutes and up to 12 hours.
- When you’re ready to bake preheat the oven to 300 F (150 C).
- Beat in the eggs, ground dates, vanilla, and salt into the soaked oat mixture.
- Stir in 1 cup total of nuts, seeds, dried fruit, or chocolate chips. Feel free to use your favorite combination or see the section above for 5 delicious suggestions.
- Grease an 11 cup baking pan. Spread the granola bar mixture in the pan, and press so that it is firmly packed into the bottom of the pan.
- Bake for 50-60 min, until firm and browning around the edges.
- Remove from the oven and slice right away. Then allow the granola bars to cool before removing them from the pan.
- The eggs in this recipe are used as a binder. However, flax is a really great binder as well. To replace the eggs with flax, use 2 Tbsp of ground flax mixed in a 1/4 cup of water. Leave it to sit and gel for 5 minutes, then stir into the granola bars.
- Date sugar is my usual sweetener of choice. It is high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. However, it is not very sweet. To make a sweeter granola bar replace the ground dates with brown sugar, rice syrup, or honey. Please note, that using a liquid sweetener will result in longer baking times.
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