[Gluten-free] Homemade Granola Bars

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

One of my friends posted a recipe on Facebook the other day for these granola bars and said they were pretty good, so I thought I'd give them a shot. Placed in a cute little bag, they'd be a perfect Valentine's gift for the Little's daycare provider (that sounds so cold, she is so much more than that and we love her!!).

The recipe is originally from Little House Living. I followed the recipe, except used a gluten-free flour mix, rather than all purpose flour, and didn't use quite as much sugar.

Healthy Homemade Granola Bars
from Little House Living

1 2/3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup dried fruit, chopped if needed
(I used a mix of raisins and cranberries, would be great with apricots)
1 cup nuts, chopped if needed
(I used slivered almonds, would be great with walnuts)
1 cup unsweetened coconut (flakes or shredded)
1/3 cup golden flax meal (optional)
1 1 /2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
6 tablespoons melted coconut oil or butter
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
1 tablespoon water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper (very sticky and can be difficult to get out of the pan).

In a large bowl, mix together the first nine ingredients (dry). In a separate, smaller bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients (wet). Pour the wet mixture onto the dry ingredients and stir until thoroughly combined.

Spread into the pan, packing it in by pressing firmly on the top with an oiled hand, the back of a silicone spatula or with a piece of plastic wrap.

Place in the oven and back for 30 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned.

Let the bars cool completely in the pan, and then lift them out with the parchment paper. Cut into desired sizes.

**Few notes:
My friend mentioned she was peeling the parchment paper off the bars for a while, so I just greased the pan instead and they came out fine.
I forgot the + 2 tablespoons of honey so mine may not have been as sticky as they could be..?
They also crumbled easily, so maybe I did need more honey..?
Next time I might do even less sugar, dice up the dried fruit, add sunflower seeds.

These granola bars are delicious!! It's a great, flexible recipe that can be customized with whatever you like - different dried fruit, nuts, coconut, etc.
Have you made any new recipes lately? Do you have a go-to recipe or item you make for gifts?

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