Super Easy GF Nut Butter Chewy Granola Bars
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- 1/3 c
- 1/8 c
- brown sugar (i make my own, original recipe called for 1/4 c)
- 1/2 c
- nut butter (i've used peanut, almond and sunflower successfully)
- 1 tsp
- 2 c
- granola base
- 2 c
- nuts & seeds
- 1 c
- dried fruit cut into bit sized pieces
- 2/3 c
- gf oats (toasted)
- 2/3 c
- unsweetened flaked coconut
- 2/3 c
- gf cereal (i ususally used unsweetened gf puffed rice or millet or kamut but regualr gf cold cereals work just as well)
- 2 c
- walnuts, flax, almonds, sunflowers, pepitas, chia, pecans, pine nuts, peanuts, sesame seeds
- 1 c
- apples, apricots, raisins, cranberries, blueberries, strawberries, dates, figs, cherries
GRANOLA BASE SUGGESTIONS (I HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO USE PREMADE GF GRANOLA) (YOU ALSO DON'T HAVE TO BREAK DOWN INTO 1/3'S AS I DO. YOU CAN EASILY JUST THROW IN 2 C OF TOASTED OATS AND CALL IT GOOD.)
NUTS & SEED SUGGESSTIONS
DRIED FRUIT SUGGESSTIONS
1Preheat the oven to 400 F and generously butter an 8 X 10 inch pan. Alternatively line it with parchment paper than extends up the sides of the pan about 1/2 of an inch or so.
2Toast your nuts, seeds and oats in the oven for a few minutes until slightly golden. Remove them from the oven and let cool for a minute or two while you start the glue that holds it all together.
3Combine honey and brown sugar in a small saucepan. (Since I make my own brown sugar, I'm lazy enough I'll often just throw my plain sugar and about 1 tbsp of molasses in with the honey instead of pre-mixing it.) Heat, while stirring, until the sugar has dissolved. Bring mixture to a simmer for 1-2 minutes until the foam that forms is evenly distributed across the top (not long). Remove from the heat and add the vanilla. Stir. Add your chosen nut butter and stir briskly until lumps are gone and the consistency is uniform and creamy.
4While the sauce is simmering, combine the now cool nuts and granola. Also reduce the oven heat to 350 F at this time.
5Pour the nut butter mixture over the granola and nuts, stirring until it's evenly distributed. Add your dried fruit and stir well.
6Pour mixture into pan. Spread evenly and then press it down firmly into the bottom of the pan. Bake for 20 min at 350 F.
7Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before cutting. It firms up as it cools.
8Cut into bars (1" wide and 4" long). Wrap the bars wax paper and store in an airtight container on the counter until eaten. Enjoy!
9NOTE: I seem to remember these bars could last several days, but I can't say either way since they disappear very quickly at my house. Also, I have easily doubled this recipe and used a 9 x 13 pan. You'll have to cook it longer, at least 10 minutes or so, so you'll just need to experiment. Depending on ingredients used, oven time can vary. Also, the first time I made these I only had an 8x9 pan to use so the bars came out really thick (but yummy!). I also managed to overcook (not burn) because I forgot to turn the oven temp down. It was too crumbly for real bars but I still had large chunks. The kids gobbled it down like crazy. :D