Flaxseed Granola Bars

June 7, 2011

I’m a big fan of flaxseeds, I sprinkle them over my yogurt and sometimes on my salad but I haven’t learned to use them in any other way until I found this recipe on the New York Times by Martha Rose Shulman for making delicious granola bars with flaxseeds and chocolate.
I tried it, made few slight changes from the original recipe and now I make my own granola bars: healthy and with a great taste. Give them a try!

Flaxseed Granola Bar Print this Recipe!


3 tablespoons (45 grams) of canola oil (or unsalted butter), plus additional for the
pan and for your hands

2 cups (170 grams) of rolled oats
1/2 cup (110 grams) flaxseed meal
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup (113 grams) agave syrup (or honey)
2 tablespoons (50 grams) brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup (64 grams) chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips


Preheat the oven to 300F degrees (150 celcius).
Generously oil (or cover with baking sheet) a 9-by-9-inch metal or glass baking pan.
Melt the butter over medium heat in a saucepan. Add the oats. Stir over medium heat until the grains are lightly toasted being careful of not letting them burn. Stir until they are beginning to smell toasty and have slightly darkened, approximately seven minutes.

Remove from the heat, and transfer to a bowl. Add the flaxseed meal, and the salt.
Combine the agave, vanilla and brown sugar in the pan in which you toasted the oats.
Bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil five minutes.

Pour over the oat mixture, and stir until it is evenly distributed over the mixture. Allow to cool for five minutes, then stir in the chocolate pieces.
Scrape into the pan, and spread evenly. Place in the oven for 20 minutes. Do not allow

to brown. Remove from the heat, and allow to cool. Cut into 15 to 20 squares, and store in an airtight container.

Nutrition facts

If you cut 20 bars each one will score: 98 calories; 2 grams saturated fat (1 gram polyunsaturated fat and 1 gram monounsaturated fat); 14 grams carbohydrates; 2 grams dietary fiber; 17 milligrams sodium and 2 grams protein.

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  1. Just want to thank you for posting this delicious granola recipe. We replaced the chocolate with raisins and loved the results! Thanks again.

  2. I'm always on the lookout for granola bar recipes! Plus, these look really easy to make. Thanks for sharing!

  3. It says to Melt the butter in the first part of the directions but you don't say how much butter (if any) is needed in the ingredients =/