Homemade Chewy Granola Bars – Gluten Free Granola Bars Recipe

Ingredients:

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups certified gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans, etc., or a combination)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds (optional, for extra nutrition)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup natural nut butter (smooth peanut butter, almond butter, etc.)
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup (or honey)
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Add-ins (choose your favorites)

  • 1/2 cup dried fruit (cranberries, cherries, raisins, chopped dates)
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (use dairy-free if needed)

Instructions:

  • Prep: Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C) and line an 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving a slight overhang on two sides for easy removal.
  • Mix dry ingredients: In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, shredded coconut, chia seeds, flax seeds (if using), cinnamon, and salt.
  • Mix wet ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the nut butter, maple syrup, melted coconut oil, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  • Combine: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until everything is evenly coated.
  • Add the mix-ins: Gently fold in your chosen add-ins (dried fruits, chocolate chips, etc.).
  • Spread and bake: Transfer the granola mixture to the prepared baking pan. Using a spatula or damp hands, press the mixture very firmly into an even layer. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown and slightly firm around the edges.
  • Cool completely: Let the granola bars cool completely in the pan before cutting. This is essential for achieving the chewy texture.
  • Cut and store: Use the parchment paper overhang to lift the granola out of the pan. Cut into squares or bars. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week, or freeze for longer storage.

Tips:

  • Customizable: This is a very adaptable recipe. Feel free to make substitutions based on your preferences and what you have on hand.
  • Texture: For extra chewy bars, you can slightly reduce the baking time. For crispier bars, bake a few minutes longer.
  • Firm pressing: The key to a bar that holds together is pressing the mixture down very firmly before baking.

Enjoy your delicious and healthy homemade gluten-free granola bars!

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