Chewy "Granola" Bars
I LOVE chewy granola bars! So when I became allergic to oats, it was a sad day. You can buy gluten-free chewy bars at the health food store, but I wanted to be able to make my own fun flavors. So I spent about $12 and made a double batch of gluten-free, oat-free, chewy granola bars. The results were amazing! These are pretty sweet--treat them like dessert! Or you can adapt the recipe and adjust the sweetness to your liking. Enjoy!
You are not limited to this recipe! As long as you have a total of 7c. puffed cereal of choice, 3/4 cup of some kind of nut or seed, and 1 1/2 c. of your favorited bits of dried fruit, you have the same ingredients. For nut butter you can use almond butter, cashew butter, or even sunflower seed butter or sesame tahini! If you don't have coconut oil, you can substitute with earth balance or some kind of margerine. The sky is the limit!
Here are a few ideas:
Hawaiian bars: dried pineapple & dried papaya for the fruit, and macadamia nuts and coconut for the nuts.
Cranberry Nut bars: use just dried cranberries, walnuts, and almonds
Energy Nut bars: use 2 c. nuts and omit all dried fruit.
Seed bars: use sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds instead of the nuts, and seed butter instead of nut butter.
Apple raisin bars: use 1 c. chopped dried apples and 1/2 c. raisins, and use 2 t. coriander
What is your favorite flavor? You can even add a drop or two of flavorings/flavor oils. Use your imagination!!
STIR cereal, nuts, fruit, and coriander in a large mixing bowl.
POUR honey, nut butter, coconut oil, and salt into a small kettle.
WARM on medium heat until mixture turns runny, stirring constantly.
POUR over cereal mixture.
STIR well to coat evening.
MASH firmly onto sided cookie sheet. (tip: wet your hands with cold water to prevent cereal from sticking)
FREEZE for at least 1 hour before cutting into bars.
STORE in freezer or refrigerator. (They hold together best if stored in the freezer and eaten directly from freezer)
ENJOY! Makes a great to-go breakfast with some fresh fruit, or even a fast and easy dessert!