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G-Free Friday: Make Your Own Granola Bars

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Granola bars---without the oats! These make a nutritious snack for kids and adults alike.

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1 Press mixture into parchment-lined pan and bake for about 10 minutes.

2 Once lightly golden, gently cut the bars into desired size and bake 10 to 12 minutes more.

3 Once the bars are completely cool, remove them from the pan and wrap in parchment paper before storing in an airtight container.

I used a large pan, which makes it easier to remove the bars after they're cooked. Enjoy!

Gluten-Free Granola Bars
Adapted fromĀ The Edible Perspective andĀ Peas and Thank You

Makes about 8

1 cup cereal, such as cornflakes
1 1/2 cups mixed dried fruit and nuts
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
2 Tbsp flaxmeal (ground flaxseed)
1/2 cup honey, maple syrup, or brown rice syrup
2 Tbsp almond butter (or other nut butter)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract (optional)
1/4 cup chocolate chips or chopped chocolate (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

2. In a food processor, combine all ingredients and pulse until TK. If prefer larger pieces in your bars, pulse mixture a few times, then finish combining with a spatula.

3. With wet hands, press mixture into a parchment-lined 9 x 13-inch pan. The mixture will only cover about two-thirds of the pan. (See picture here.)

4. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until lightly golden brown. Using a very sharp knife, gently cut or "score" bars into desired size. (I usually cut my batch into about eight bars, and as you can see, the pieces aren't exactly even.) Return pan to oven for 10 to 12 minutes more, or until the bars are uniformly golden. Remove from oven, reinforcing any of the scoring, as needed, and let cool completely before removing from pan. Slice around each bar as you lift it from the pan.

5. Wrap each bar in parchment or wax paper, then store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Crazy for granola bars? Also try this chewy gluten-free recipe.

Jennifer bakes her gluten-free heart out on her blog, The Cinnamon Quill, and maintains the gluten-free recipe online database Gluten Free Feed.

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Comments (6)

  • Some of these ingredients are too rare and expensive to even think about making this! Flax seed meal are you kidding me?

  • Thanks for the comment; I am not sure where you are located, but I've had pretty good luck finding all the ingredients in this recipe. Flaxseed meal is often found in ordinary grocery stores in the baking or health food aisle. Bob's Red Mill makes it and widely distributes it, as well as several smaller companies.

    If there are other specific ingredients you are having trouble finding, please let me know and I will try to direct you to an online retailer.

    Hope this helps!

  • Sounds like a great recipe. I am excited to try t. FYI flax seed meal is actually really inexpensive, I buy it at Costco fr around $5 and it last a few years.

  • Is the carb content (and other nutritional information) on these bars posted anywhere? I can't seem to find it and I'd love to try these!

  • My local Costco carries flax seed meal. I keep it in the freezer for recipes. Not expensive nor is it hard to find!

    Recipe looks good; can't wait to try it.

  • Bob's red mill flaxseed on sale at market basket for $2.50. This is the cheapest GF goes on sale for.

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