Honey Nut Sunflower Granola Bars

2013 is off to quite an amazing start. A lot of very exciting things are happening at Savory Simple headquarters. I can’t go into many details right now but you’ll probably be hearing less from me for the month of January (and possibly part of February). I will try to check in regularly, hopefully at least once per week.

I can say that I’m working on a very fun recipe project and I am so excited to share it with all of you soon! For now, here’s a tasty honey nut sunflower granola bar recipe that’s both vegan and gluten free. I recently discovered sunflower butter and am loving it in baked goods. The consistency is similar to nut butters but with a more unique flavor. These bars are not as soft and chewy as other granola bars I’ve shared; they’re more dense and firm. A bit crunchy without being dry. Enjoy!

Honey Nut Sunflower Granola Bars
 
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Serves: 8-9 bars
Ingredients
  • 2 cups oats
  • ⅓ cup oat flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup toasted slivered almonds
  • ¼ cup toasted sunflower seeds
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup sunflower butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line a 9×9 brownie pan with parchment paper (allow two sides to hang over the edges for easy removal) and lightly grease with either cooking spray or coconut oil.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, oat flour, slivered almonds and sunflower seeds.
  3. In a smaller bowl, combine the vanilla, coconut oil and honey.
  4. Combine the wet ingredients into the dry along with the sunflower butter. Stir well to make sure the mixture is evenly combined.
  5. Pour into the greased pan. Use plastic wrap or gloves to firmly press the mixture down evenly into the corners and flatten the top.
  6. Bake for 30-40 minutes. Look for browning around the edges.
  7. After removing from the oven, allow to cool in the pan for at least 20 minutes then finish cooling in the refrigerator until chilled.
  8. Use a knife to make 8 rectangle or 9 square bars. Wrap individually and chill.
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  • http://tutti-dolci.com Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    I’ve never tried sunflower butter but these bars look delish! I supposed I could also use cookie butter? ;)

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      They would certainly be awesome with cookie butter. Isn’t everything? :D

  • http://damndelicious.tumblr.com Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    I’m dying to know what your news is! Are you writing a cookbook?!

    I love these bars by the way. I haven’t tried sunflower butter yet but I’ll definitely have to pick some up at TJ’s on my next grocery run.

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      I signed a non-disclosure so I can’t go into many details but ping me and I can give you a general idea :)

  • http://www.arthur-in-the-garden.com Arthur in the Garden!

    Wonderfull!

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      Thank you!

  • Susan K

    I love it is gluten free. Thanks!

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      Enjoy!

  • http://peanutbutterandpeppers.com Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers

    I love making homemade granola bars and yours look wonderful!! Yum!!

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      There’s something so satisfying about making a granola bar at home. I can’t believe so many people buy them when they take 2 seconds to make.

  • http://www.thewickednoodle.com kristy @ the wicked noodle

    YUM! What a great snack. I’ve never used sunflower butter but it sounds delish!

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      It has a very unique flavor that really lends itself to baked goods!

  • http://movitabeaucoup.com movita beaucoup

    Dear Jen,

    I don’t do well with surprises or suspense. So this post is equal parts sweet (the awesome granola bars) and cruel (exciting news that is kept secret).

    Perhaps if you mailed me some of these granola bars, I’d feel better.

    Sincerely yours,
    movita

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      Ping me and I can give you some more details (though I have keep a few to myself!). :D

  • http://acupofmascarpone.com Carol | a cup of mascarpone

    Whatever your exciting news is, Jen, I’m so happy for you…well deserved! Can’t wait for details once you’re able to disclose! …and these bars look so delicious!!! PS: Hail to the Redskins!!!

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      HTTR! I’m dying to tell everyone so this is a good exercise in patience for me.

  • http://www.teaspoonofspice.com Deanna Segrave-Daly

    These look so so good -they remind me of the Natural Valley oat & honey granola bars I would eat back in the day (before there were hundreds of choices on the market.) Will have to try these! Look forward to hearing more about your project when you can “reveal”

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      These are slightly reminiscent of Nature Valley bars, though a bit softer. I used to eat those all the time!

  • http://www.chesapeakejournal.com kathy bosin

    looks delicious, great photo!

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      Thank you!

  • http://www.elephanteats.com Amy @ Elephant Eats

    These look so yummy! I always forget how easy it is to make granola bars. So great for a snack on the go :)

  • http://ingredientsinc.net Alison

    Love these!!

  • http://bakingwithbite.wordpress.com Denise & Laura

    Homemade granola bars are the best! I for sure will be trying this recipe out!

  • http://www.unegaminedanslacuisine.com/ Valerie

    These granola bars sound wonderful! Just what I need after the heavy holiday eating. :D

  • http://www.crunchycreamysweet.com Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

    These sound so fun and delish!

  • http://hskillet.blogspot.com Jenn and Seth

    these look perfect for snacking, yay on 2013 starting off great – good luck with your project!

  • Kate@Diethood

    I’ve been thinking about these since I saw them on G+ this morning. They sound SO GOOD!!

  • http://littlekitchie.blogspot.com Little Kitchie

    I’ve never made granola bars and have always wanted to. This recipe sounds awesome! Pinning!

  • http://www.everydaymaven.com Alyssa (Everyday Maven)

    I love the ingredients – I bet they have a good crunch. Trader Joe’s has the best sunflower butter – I have to add it to my list! Congrats on your new opportunity!

  • http://fifteenspatulas.com Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas

    Excited to hear about your new project! Love these homemade granola bars….those store-bought ones just don’t compare!

  • http://www.piesandplots.net Laura Dembowski

    Congrats on your exciting mystery news! I love homemade granola bars, but I am not a fan of sun butter. Don’t know why – I thought I’d love it. Your bars look very pretty!

  • http://arcticgardenstudio.blogspot.com Nicole

    Good luck with everything, looking forward to hearing more about your big secret! :)

  • http://www.motherthyme.com Jennifer @ Mother Thyme

    I can’t wait to hear what you are working on! I am definitely craving these granola bars now, they look fabulous!

  • http://thelittleloaf.wordpress.com thelittleloaf

    These look like just the kind of thing I want to kick off the New Year – full of goodness and sunshiny flavours :-)

  • http://www.whatmegansmaking.com megan @ whatmegansmaking

    These look great! I’ve never tried sunflower butter, but it sounds really good. And exciting mystery news – how fun!

  • http://stowell.wordpress.com Roger Stowell

    Very pretty shot. I’ve just been looking at the jar of oats in the kitchen and thinking “biscuits” ( English, not American). An adaptation of your granola bars is the answer. I think dried cranberries might find their way in:)

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      you can never go wrong with cranberries :)

  • http://domesticfits.com Jackie @ Domestic Fits

    I can’t wait to hear the news! What ever it is, congrats!

  • http://theveganchickpea.com Caitlin

    i LOVE sunflower butter and using them in homemade granola bars. these look delicious!

  • http://afarmerinthedell.com a farmer in the dell

    As a girl who grew up eating honey nut cheerios for breakfast every day I am a huge fan of this flavor combination. Even though I have grown out of my cheerio habit I still love a good granola bar. Thanks for the recipe!

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      Me too! I ate honey nut cheerios all the time as a kid.

  • http://thatskinnychickcanbake.com Liz

    I should probably be grabbing one of these instead of two cookies after dinner! They sound so tasty with the sunflower seeds, almonds and coconut oil and would be a much healthier way to satisfy my sweet tooth :)

  • http://www.thesmartcookiecook.com/ Colleen,The Smart Cookie Cook

    These look and sound amazing, and they’ve got such wonderful, good-for-you ingredients that I can feel good about eating ‘em. No storebought granola bar could compare.

  • http://www.reinidays.com Jill

    Oooh, these look great! A perfect recipe for the start to a new year! Can’t wait to hear about your secret! :)

  • http://www.fashionablyhealthy.wordpress.com Charisse

    These look delicious, and they are chock full of antioxidant Vitamin E, which we need more than ever this flu season!

  • http://sallysbakingaddiction.com sally @ sallys baking addiction

    simple, clean, basic, and healthy. I need to make a granola bar like this Jen. I live off of granola bars and am always searching for new varieties. One thing is for certain – i love using coconut oil in them. I’m dying to know the news Jen!!! Best of luck with it all. :)

  • http://blondeambitionblog.net Katie @ Blonde Ambition

    I haven’t tried sunflower butter but I absolutely love sunflower seeds, and we use sunflower oil all the time in my apartment! Love the simplicity of this granola bar recipe :)

  • http://www.tasteandtellblog.com Deborah

    I have never tried sunflower butter, but this should be my excuse to try it – they sound fab!

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      You really should! By itself it’s not the most exciting but it gives a really great flavor to baked goods, smoothies, etc.

  • http://www.averiecooks.com Averie

    A few months ago I made sunflower seed butter granola bars with oats and these look so good, Jen! I love oaty, texture-filled, chewy at-home granola bars! They look like winners!

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      Homemade is always so much better!

  • http://www.grubarazzi.com Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi)

    These look delish, and I can’t wait to hear all about the exciting things coming your way !

  • http://thespicedlife.com/ Laura

    I am totally intrigued by this recipe. Does the sunflower butter have a similar fat content to nut butter? I know I can get sunflower butter but it might be a while before I can get to that store, in which case I would be curious to try it with peanut butter too. Or almond butter.

  • http://justonecookbook.com/blog/ Nami | Just One Cookbook

    I’m really excited for you Jen! Good luck with your new project! I’ve never tasted sunflower butter and I’m so curious… Definitely a healthy post to start a new year. :)

  • http://Www.bonibakes.com SIOBHAN

    Hi Jen, just found your site. What an amazing place. I am inspired over and over and lovin these bars. Best wishes on your new project, look forward to more. :)

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      Thank you so much! Your kind words have made my day :)

  • http://www.eat-yourself-skinny.com Kelly

    These look delicious!! Can’t wait to hear what exciting things are coming your way!! :)

  • Rebecca

    These look awesome!! I really want to try them… looks like I already have all the ingredients! :) Do you have an alternative for honey, though, like agave nectar? I know a lot of vegans don’t eat honey…

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      Oh absolutely! I swap out agave and honey all the time. Maple syrup would be great as well, though it might change the consistency a bit.

  • Lisa Consiglio Ryan

    These look A-MAZING! AND I’m digging the ingredients, too. Okay, I’m doing it…making these babies this weekend.

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      I thought you might like them!!

  • http://www.susiefreakinghomemaker.com Mackenzie {SusieFreakingHomemaker}

    Ok – can I just say that your photographs are STUNNING!?

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      wow, thanks Mackenzie!! :)

  • http://momnipotentblog.blogspot.com nutnoh

    These look fabulous. Can you sub regular all-purpose flour for the oat flour without much change in texture?

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      I haven’t tried the recipe will all-purpose flour but I’d imagine they’ll still be good :)

  • Kim Bee

    Look forward to your news when you can share it. These bars are amazing. I really love the way you styled them too. Super cute.

  • http://www.averiecooks.com Averie @ Averie Cooks

    Love these! I have a nobake sunflower seed butter. And a nobake coconut oil granola bar. I need to combine them!

    And Im not fully up to speed about your life, what’s all going on, etc. Would love to hear the cliff’s notes version. Drop me a line :)

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      Thanks Averie! I’ll shoot you an email. Things are great!!

  • Brittany

    I just recently became a vegan so I was looking for some granola bars to make myself. Yours contain honey which, unfortunately, for many people is not vegan since it is an animal product

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      They will still work if you substitute light agave.

  • rei

    Honey isn’t vegan.

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      You can use light agave nectar instead.

  • Liz

    I’m not familiar with sunflower butter and doubt I can get it where I live unfortunately. Can you sub with real butter? Would it have to be melted or softened?

  • dana

    i love sunflower butter-why have i never tried a sunflower butter granola bar??!!