I wish I could give credit to whoever wrote this recipe, bc it wasn't me!!!!
I used this recipe last week for a halloween party, and it was a great success. I love it because it has the potential to be gluten free, although around here its hard to find gluten free oats.
Also, one of my best friend's kids are corn intolerant also, that also makes it challenging. But one day i'll figure out how to make this w/o corn or gluten!!!!
Gluten Free Peanut Butter Granola Bars
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy) or almond butter (if you want to make almond granola bars)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups granola base
2 cups nuts/seeds
1 cup dried fruit
GRANOLA BASE could be:
* Gluten free oats (toasted)
* Gluten free cereal (like Maple Buckwheat Flakes OR Nutty Flax, etc)
* 1.5 cups gluten free oats/cereal + 1/2 cup shredded coconut
NUTS/SEED combinations could be any combination of the following:
* Pepitas (green pumpkin seeds)
* Pine nuts
* Sesame seeds
* Sunflower seeds
* Flax seeds
DRIED FRUIT can be any combination (or single fruit) of the following:
* Dried cherries
* Dried blueberries
* Dried cranberries (like Craisins, if you want sweet ones)
* Dried apricots (chopped into small pieces)
* Dried dates (chopped into small pieces)
* Dried figs (chopped into small pieces)
* Prunes (chopped)
1. Butter an 8 X 10 inch pan generously OR line it with parchment paper than also comes up the sides of the pan about 1/2 of an inch.
2. Preheat the oven to 400F.
3. Toast your nuts/seeds in the oven for a few minutes until slightly golden. While you are doing this, make your “granola glue” or peanut butter sauce.
4. To make the “granola glue” or peanut butter sauce, combine honey and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Heat, while stirring, until the brown sugar dissolves. Bring mixture to a simmer and simmer for 1-2 minutes until evenly foamy/bubbly on top. Remove from the heat. Add one teaspoon vanilla extract. Stir (it will steam a bit). Add peanut butter and stir briskly until lumps are gone and the consistency is uniform.
5. Mix granola base (oats or cereal) with your toasted nuts/seeds. Pour peanut butter mixture over the top and stir until evenly distributed. Add dried fruit and stir again to distribute.
6. Pour mixture into pan (on to parchment paper). Spread evenly and then press down in to the bottom of the pan. Press the granola together firmly.
7. Bake for 20 minutes at 350F.
8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely (it will firm up as it cools) before cutting.
9. Cut into bars (1″ wide and 4″ long). Wrap bars in cling wrap or wax paper and store in a Ziploc bag or airtight container on the counter until consumed. (I’ve store mine up to 10 days, but it depends on the weather.) These can be refrigerated; however, I haven’t tried freezing them yet.