Gluten Free Oatmeal Bars
We have been making our own “granola” bars for a while now. When we discovered Hubby and R’s sensitivity to gluten, I was very worried about how I was going to make sure they still had grains in their diet. The bars that we make are good but I find them overly sweet. I wanted to try something else.
I found an Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Granola Bar recipe from www.fannetasticfood.com for what seemed more like an Oatmeal-to-go type bar. it wasn't set out as a gluten free recipe but I could see how easily it could be converted. So I tried it out. It was fantastic and I loved the cake-type consistency. R had enjoyed the Oatmeal-to-go bars before we realized his intolerance so I thought this would be a nice bar for him but I wanted to incorporate more grains so I modified it. He still loves the bar and he’s getting more out of it.
In the recipe below I will include my additions but would love to hear your variations. Unfortunately I am not very imaginative when it comes to grains and I’m sure nuts could be added too, except R takes it to school which is nut-free. Try it, let me know what you think.
Oatmeal Granola Bars
Dry:3 cups gluten free oats
1 cup flour mix
4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups of grains, dried fruit, seeds, chocolate, etc.
I chose ¼ cup each of flaxseed meal, chocolate chips, sesame seed, corn meal, dried cranberries, whole grain rice puffs, whole grain quinoa puffs, and sunflower seeds.
½ cup honey
3 cups of skim milk (would like to try with almond milk)2 eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla
Instructions:Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
In Mixer bowl, combine dry ingredients and mix until combined. In a separate bowl whisk the wet ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry while mixing until well blended. Pour the batter into a 9x13 greased baking pan. Bake 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cut into bars and allow to cool on a rack.
Take Care, D