Take it with a grain of salt, Honey Bunch. These Gluten Free Granola Bars are dessert-worthy (at least to me).They are rich, decadent and they contain sugar. <Gasp!>
No apologies here. It’s a darn good bar and I know you will love it. Maybe too much, like I do.
That means you must find some nice folks to share them with. If you were here, well, I’d share mine with you. ;)
With whom will you share your Gluten Free Granola Bars? Tell me, tell me… in the comments below. xo
Gluten-Free Granola Bars make Sweet Lunch Box Snacks!
- Dry ingredients:
- 1cup certified gluten-free oats
- ½ cup sunflower seed kernels, unsalted
- 1 Tablespoon flaxseed meal
- 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds (toasted is best, these are optional)
- 1 cup gluten-free rice cereal (Rice Chex would work well; simply crush them a bit before adding to the mix.)
- 1 cup dried fruit or chocolate chips
- Liquid ingredients:
- ¼ cup nut or seed butter
- ¼ cup sugar (granulated white, light brown or coconut sugar)
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup (or honey or agave nectar)
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- In “Thought you’d like to know…” you’ll see ingredient info and tips.
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Line a cookie sheet with foil (this is for toasting oats, nuts and seeds).
- Lightly grease an 8-inch-square baking dish for the bars.
- Spread oats, nuts and/or seeds, flaxseed meal and sesame seeds on prepared cookie sheet.
- Bake about 10 minutes, stirring half way through.
- Pour toasted nut/seed mixture into a large mixing bowl. (You’re all done with the oven now, so don’t forget to turn it off.)
- Add cereal and dried fruit; stir to combine and set aside. (If adding chocolate chips, do not add yet. More on this in a few steps, below.)
- In a small saucepan, combine nut or seed butter, sugar, maple syrup (or other liquid sweetener), vanilla and salt over medium heat; cook and stir approximately five minutes, until the mixture begins to bubble.
- Pour the hot liquid mixture over the dry ingredients in the mixing bowl; stir to coat.
- If you are adding chocolate chips, add them after all other ingredients are stirred well to minimize melting (or simply sprinkle and press some on top of the bars once you press them into the dish before chilling).
- Spoon mixture into the prepared dish and press down firmly. (Be careful, the mixture will be hot!)
- Cool the pan of bars until they are room temperature, then place in the refrigerator until set (approximately 1/2 hour) before cutting into bars.
- Now, see “Thought you’d like to know…” for tips and more info on making the bars.
Thought you’d like to know…
- I use Bob’s Red Mill certified gluten-free rolled oats and flaxseed meal. Use flaxseed meal, not whole seeds to get the full nutritional benefits from the seeds. If they aren’t ground, most will go down whole and exit the body the same way. ;)
- If you can have nuts, substitute some or all of the sunflower seed kernels with your favorite nuts, chopped.
- Some dried fruit is dusted with wheat flour to prevent sticking. Always verify dried fruit you use is gluten-free. Use a mixture of two or three types of dried fruit to equal 1 cup; try raisins, chopped dates, currants, dried cherries, dried blueberries, banana chips, dried strawberries, dried apples, dried apricots, etc.
- Enjoy Life chocolate chips or chunks are gluten-free and free from the top 8 food allergens (USA) and top 13 (Canada).
- I use sunflower seed butter, but any nut or seed butter would work. Depending on your diet, choose peanut, almond, cashew, pecan or macadamia butter. You can use store bought or make your own. Learn how to make your own sunflower seed butter HERE. Use the technique for any seed or nut.
- I press extra chocolate chips into the top of my granola bars. I like chocolate, don’t you?
- Cut bars can be wrapped individually for a quick breakfast on the go or an after school snack. (Or for dessert. Let’s be honest about these bars. They are dessert-worthy.)
- To make pressing bars into the prepared pan easier and less messy, cover the mixture with a sheet of wax paper and press with hands or the bottom of a flat measuring cup. This keeps your hands nice and clean!
- Store leftovers in the refrigerator. (Ha! Leftovers…)