Honey nut granola bars: the best snack for gluten free kids

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July 26, 2016

Ready for a snack that’s crunchy, sweet, and healthy? I’ve been making these honey nut granola bars for years, but I recently made them for the girls for the first time and they loved them! We polished the entire batch off in two days. These granola bars are really simple to prepare and they taste delicious. They keep well in the fridge (or freezer if you don’t eat the entire pan like we do). They are perfect for a pre-workout snack or to keep your kiddos in order when hunger strikes. Yes, I absolutely use food as a calming technique at times.

 

The best part is you can change up what you add to your bars. Maybe toss in some dried blueberries or chocolate chips. You can also switch up the type of nuts you use, but try keeping the ratios the same.

 

Enjoy!

 

Honey nut granola bars

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of GF oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • pinch of salt
  • a few shakes of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup unsalted peanut butter (or any nut butter)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

 

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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a large bowl (up to the cinnamon).
  3. Next add the honey, peanut butter, and vanilla (you may want to heat the mixture up a bit to make it easier to mix).
  4. Mix everything together until it’s well incorporated.
  5. Line a baking pan with parchment paper (I used a 9 x 9). The parchment paper makes it easier to pull the bars out of the pan before slicing.
  6. Pour mixture onto pan and spread evenly.
  7. Bake for 25 degrees (be sure to watch the bars as you may need more or less time depending on your oven).
  8. Allow to cool completely before cutting.

 

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You can cut these neatly into bars or just break them off in chunks (<–I prefer the lazier method). You can easily crumble it up if you prefer to have it like granola.

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