Gluten-Free Granola BarsSubmitted by: GRRLSCOUT224
IntroductionThese are certainly not low-cal, nor low fat. But they have lots of good fats and are very filling. I like to cut a bar in half, and eat one half before working out, and the other half after. This recipe comes from Gluten Free Gobsmacked (http://glutenfree.wordpress.c
tter-granola-bar/) These are certainly not low-cal, nor low fat. But they have lots of good fats and are very filling. I like to cut a bar in half, and eat one half before working out, and the other half after. This recipe comes from Gluten Free Gobsmacked (http://glutenfree.wordpress.c
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy) or almond butter (if you want to make almond granola bars)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups granola base
2 cups nuts/seeds
1 cup dried fruit
* Gluten free oats (toasted)
* Gluten free cereal (like Maple Buckwheat Flakes OR Nutty Flax, etc)
* 1.5 cups gluten free oats/cereal + 1/2 cup shredded coconut
NUTS/SEED combinations could be any combination of the following:
* Pepitas (green pumpkin seeds)
* Pine nuts
* Sesame seeds
* Sunflower seeds
* Flax seeds
DRIED FRUIT can be any combination (or single fruit) of the following:
* Dried cherries
* Dried blueberries
* Dried cranberries (like Craisins, if you want sweet ones)
* Dried apricots (chopped into small pieces)
* Dried dates (chopped into small pieces)
* Dried figs (chopped into small pieces)
* Prunes (chopped)
1. Butter an 8 X 10 inch pan generously OR line it with parchment paper than also comes up the sides of the pan about 1/2 of an inch.
2. Preheat the oven to 400F.
3. Toast your nuts/seeds in the oven for a few minutes until slightly golden. While you are doing this, make your â€śgranola glueâ€ť or peanut butter sauce.
4. To make the â€śgranola glueâ€ť or peanut butter sauce, combine honey and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Heat, while stirring, until the brown sugar dissolves. Bring mixture to a simmer and simmer for 1-2 minutes until evenly foamy/bubbly on top. Remove from the heat. Add one teaspoon vanilla extract. Stir (it will steam a bit). Add peanut butter and stir briskly until lumps are gone and the consistency is uniform.
5. Mix granola base (oats or cereal) with your toasted nuts/seeds. Pour peanut butter mixture over the top and stir until evenly distributed. Add dried fruit and stir again to distribute.
6. Pour mixture into pan (on to parchment paper). Spread evenly and then press down in to the bottom of the pan. Press the granola together firmly.
7. Bake for 20 minutes at 350F.
8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely (it will firm up as it cools) before cutting.
9. Cut into bars (1â€ł wide and 4â€ł long). Wrap bars in cling wrap or wax paper and store in a Ziploc bag or airtight container on the counter until consumed.
Number of Servings: 14
Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user GRRLSCOUT224.