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Welcome to my blog - my ramblings about trying to find healthy, affordable gluten free food in St. John's, NL.
Despite being gluten free, I love to try new products and am always interested to hear about new places to eat.
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Monday, 21 January 2013

Homemade Gluten Free Granola Bars


There are not a lot of gluten free options out there for granola bars. The couple I have tried turned out to be very HARD, crunchy and not at all chewy like a granola bar should be. During my Google searching for recipes, I adapted one from www.glueandglitter.com

Vegan Granola Bars

Ingredients
·         1 2/3 cup rolled oats - Some people can't tolerate oats very well - you may want to substitute quinoa flakes. From a little research, they a good replacement. 
·         1/2 cup brown sugar 
·         1/3 cup oat flour - you can make your own by grinding oats, or purchase it, or probably sub in another mild tasting flour 
·         1/4c flax meal - you don't need this but it's a great source of fiber 
·         1/2 tsp salt
·         1/4 tsp cinnamon
·         1/2 cup dried fruit, chopped - I used apricots - and I think I'd use more next time
·         1/2 cup nuts, chopped - I used almonds 
·         1/3 cup tahini or nut butter - I used almond butter 
·         1 tsp vanilla
·         1/3 cup olive oil
·         1/4 cup your favourite liquid sweetener - I used agave syrup
·         1 Tbsp water
·        wax paper

** I also threw in a few handfuls of pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds for extra texture **

Cooking Directions
1.      Preheat oven to 350 and line your pan with the wax paper.
2.      In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
3.      In a smaller bowl, combine wet ingredients.
4.      Combine the wet ingredients into the dry, and stir well.
5.      Pour the dough into your baking pan, pressing it down well - I made mine on a baking sheet as opposed to a pan 
6.      Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until it browns slightly at the edges - I found I only needed about 25 minutes and mine was done! 
7.      Once the bars are completely cooled, chill in the fridge for an hour, then pop them out of the pan, slice them up and store.

This was a great recipe, and I'm glad I found it! I can't wait to try it next time with the quinoa flakes :) 




2 comments:

  1. No Nutin' Makes a really good, chewy granola bar, if you ever see them around.
    http://www.nonuttin.ca/index.htm

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