Easy Granola Bars – Gluten Free

 

Looking for a quick snack that will keep in the refrigerator and still be good in a few days…is also good for you…AND gluten free? I came across a Fruit and Nut Energy Bar from a good foodie friend of mine over at Mia’s Domain. This woman is like the queen of food. She makes the best stuff and is such an inspiration. I always look to her page for inspiration and ideas!
If you haven’t been to her page, I URGE you to go check it out, but not before you’ve read my recipe 😀 I used her recipe and turned her energy bar in to a granola bar.
Crisp oats and dried fruit make this such a delight to bite into. the sweetness of the maple syrup and the dark chocolate chips are a surprise for your taste buds as it hits them after the initial bite of the fruit. This is a great go to snack and for kids rushing out the door who don’t have time for breakfast…well this is good as any breakfast for them and it will keep them full longer with all the goodies inside! Hearty, healthy, and gluten-free, can’t go wrong!
INGREDIENTS
1 cup ground flax seeds (1/2 cup whole)
1 cup chia seeds (1/2 cup)
2 cups apple cinnamon quick cooking oats
1 cup chopped dried apricots
1 cup dried cranberries/blueberries/cherries
1 cup diced almonds
1 cup dark chocolate chips
1 cup crunchy salted peanut butter
1 cup pure maple syrup or honey (used 1/2 & 1/2)
zest of 1 orange
Sea salt
Preheat oven to 350 F
Combine all dry ingredients
Melt peanut butter and add maple syrup or honey  to it and add to dry ingredients. Mix well until no dry ingredients remain.
Pour into a non-stick 16 by 12 inch cookie sheet pan. Use a rolling-pin to spread the mixture into an even layer. (See Mia is a genius!)
Grind sea salt over the top. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Leave to cool completely before cutting into bars.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

 

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One thought on “Easy Granola Bars – Gluten Free

  1. These look delicious, but where do you get gluten free apple cinnamon quick cook oats? Can I just sub in gf oats if I give them a little whir in the food processor?

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