Zero Waste Granola Bars

I recently went on a camping trip to Smith Rock. These granola bars were incredibly handy snack to eat on the road and after a climb. I try to find recipes that I can make with no packaging by using the resources I have in Portland. That's when I found this recipe and figured out how to make it without waste. This is what I came up with. Hope you enjoy it!

Other than the flaxseed, all ingredients come from the Alberta Co-op.


  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil (oil the pan)

  • 1 ¾ cups rolled oats

  • 1 cup unsalted almonds

  • ⅔ cup dark chocolate chips

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 cup of peanut butter

  • ½ cup honey

  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

Flaxseed egg:

  • 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed

  • 6 tablespoons of water


1. Grease a glass pan with coconut oil ( I used 8 in x 9 in, but use what you already have )

2. In a small bowl, add flaxseed and water. Stir with a wisk.

3. Set aside for at least 5 minutes mixture begins to gel to make a flaxseed 'egg'

4. In a large bowl, add flax seed egg, honey, peanut butter, and vanilla extract. Mix.

5. Roughly chop the almonds and briefly pulse rolled oats in a blender to make quick oats.

6. In another large bowl, add oats, almonds, chocolate chips. Mix together.

7. Combine both mixtures with a wooden spoon. Mix together till there are no more dried oats.

8. Pour mixture into glass pan.

9. Flatten with the bottom of a mason jar.

10. Refrigerate for at-least one hour and cut into desired bar size. ( I made 8 bars) Enjoy!

On the go: bring them in either a silicon reusable bag or container.

Storage: recommend storing them in the refrigerator or freezer.

You can also find a short video here.


Recipe has been adapted from Cookie + Kate.