Sunday, January 29, 2012

Gluten Free, Dairy Free Granola Bars

Made these today on the recommendation of my mom and sister.  Mama found it online and it's an adaptation of a recipe from Ina Garten.

Granola Bars

  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup sliced almonds (I used walnuts)
  • 1 cup shredded coconut, loosely packed
  • 1/2 cup flax seed
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (Earth Balance) or coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups of dried fruit/seeds/add-ins (I used 1/2 cup raisins, a few cranberries that were left in the bag, 1/2 cup dried dates and 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips)
  • Preheat oven to 350.  Butter and 8x12 inch baking dish and line it with parchment paper.
  • Toss the oatmeal, almonds and coconut together on a sheet pan and bake for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned.
  • Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl and stir in the flax seed.
  • Reduce the oven temperature to 300.
  • Place butter, syrup, honey, vanilla, salt and cinnamon in a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil over medium heat.  Cook and stir for a minutes, then pour over toasted oatmeal mixture.
  • Add in the fruit/seeds/add-ins and stir well.*****
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared pan.  Using a piece of parchment paper lightly press the mixture evenly into the pan.  
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, until light golden brown.
  • Cool for at least 2-3 hours before cutting.
I wrapped mine individually - easy to grab for a quick breakfast or snack.

*****I wasn't thinking when I did this step and added the chocolate chips in with everything else.  The hot liquid melted the chips but it didn't cause a problem with the final product.  The flavor is there you just can't see the mini chips.  

1 comment:

  1. I am SO going to make these. Love that they are vegan too! :) And I have a huge container of dates I need to do something with. Thanks for posting this!