Not entirely gluten free but easily manipulated, I’m sure. I’ve found another keeper of a granola bar. The kids often prefer them on the chewy side which is easily accomplished by using applesauce to bind and moisten. This time, however, the applesauce was in the basement and it just seemed too much of a feat to walk down all dozen stairs and back up.
I have been on the hunt for another recipe as it’s nice to have a couple in the repertoire and this one fit the bill. As I mentioned, not entirely gluten free but not bad and if you’re wheat free this is for you. No sugar and full of flavour, iron, and protein.
The original recipe is here. I am finding I love the flavour toasting brings out when baking. The smell which fills the house is amazing, plus the kids seem to have a great appreciation and like of the bars when I’ve taken the extra few minutes.
The recipe we made looked like this…
- 2 3/4 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup (unsweetened) shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup chopped almonds
- 1/4 cup flax meal
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup honey
- 3 tbsp cinnamon (you can never have enough spice…it allows you to eliminate much of the sweetness often called for in recipes, while actually increasing the flavour and stimulation to your little peoples’ taste buds…all the while avoiding any change to the health factor)
- 2 tsp nutmeg (what I just said above! nutmeg, however, can be one of those “too much of a good thing” spices)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup peanut (or other) butter
- 1 cup raisins (adding a combo of dried fruit here would be yummy, we just didn’t have any in the pantry)
Preheat oven to 350. Toast first four ingredients, gently stirring every 5 minutes. While they are toasting, mix remaining ingredients. After removing toasted ingredients allow them to cool for several minutes, then combine and stir all ingredients until well mixed. This “batter” isn’t overly moist but should hold together. Bake in a lined 9×11 pan for approximately 20 minutes. Remove and let sit for 5 mins. Turn pan and granola bars (with liner…foil/parchment paper) will fall out. Cut immediately while they are slightly warm. Because these are a bit more crunchy, cutting them when fully cooled will mean many many crumbs and chunks…hmmmm, on second thought if you’re wanting a snack perhaps you should wait until they are fully cooled to snack on all that yummy crunchy goodness.