Make Your Own: Gluten-free Chewy Granola Bars

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Stayed home from work today with a sore throat and earache (teaching always proves to be extremely difficult with a sore throat!). It has been ridiculously cold/rainy here (but of course it’s sunny as I write this), and I have spent a lot of time outside coaching soccer in this oh-so-peachy weather (sense my sarcasm?). Have been fighting off the sore throat for a couple days now, but after running with my kids at practice last night (in the cold/rain of course), I was in for it.

So I slept in. Cleaned the kitchen. Did some laundry. And made these delicious chewy granola bars. I have been meaning to make my own granola bars since forever. However, time has been scarce lately (especially for experimenting in the kitchen!) and I just haven’t gotten around to it. I haven’t been buying granola bars lately either, as I’ve been telling myself I will make my own soon. And the time finally came!

These were really easy to make, and just as tasty (if not more so!) than even the best store-bought brands. Plus I know exactly what went in them, and that’s always a plus. :)

In terms of what ingredients you want to add in, the options really are endless. Here’s how you start:

Ingredients:

1 egg

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup agave (can substitute honey)

1/3 cup coconut oil (can substitute melted butter)

2 cups gluten-free oats (I like Udi’s!)

1/3 cup favorite nut or nut/seed mix (slivered almods, toasted pecans, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, etc.)

1/3 cup favorite dried fruit (raisins, dried cranberries, etc.)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/3 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2) Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or grease with butter

3) Beat egg in large mixing bowl

4) Add in peanut butter, brown sugar, and agave

5) Add in coconut oil, oats, nuts, and fruit

6) Stir to combine and fold in chocolate chips (if using)

7) Pour onto baking sheet. Using a spatula, spread mixture evenly, pressing down as you go.

8) Bake for about 12-15 minutes, or until edges are starting to brown

9) Remove from oven and let cool for at least an hour before cutting. NOTE: If you try and cut them up while still warm, the bars will fall apart!

10) Cut into squares or rectangles (or whatever you prefer), and enjoy!

11) Store leftovers in airtight container or bag


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These ones are made with slivered almonds, pepitas (pumpkin seeds), sunflower seeds, currants, dried cranberries, and chocolate chips. Yum!

Make Your Own: Gluten-free Chewy Granola Bars
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Serves: 12
 
Delicious, gluten-free chewy granola bars that are so simple to make!
Ingredients
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup agave (can substitute honey)
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil (can substitute melted butter)
  • 2 cups gluten-free oats
  • ⅓ cup favorite nut or nut/seed mix (slivered almods, toasted pecans, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, etc.)
  • ⅓ cup favorite dried fruit (raisins, dried cranberries, etc.)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup chocolate chips (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or grease with butter
  3. Beat egg in large mixing bowl
  4. Add in peanut butter, brown sugar, and agave
  5. Add in coconut oil, oats, nuts/seeds, and fruit
  6. Stir to combine and fold in chocolate chips (if using)
  7. Pour onto baking sheet. Using a spatula, spread mixture evenly, pressing down as you go.
  8. Bake for about 12-15 minutes, or until edges are starting to brown
  9. Remove from oven and let cool for at least an hour before cutting. NOTE: If you try and cut them up while still warm, the bars will fall apart!
  10. Cut into squares or rectangles (or whatever you prefer), and enjoy!
  11. Store leftovers in airtight container or bag