Convenience has become key for me after going gluten-free. I don’t have time for everything I eat to be a process; grab and go is the name of my game. Unfortunately, many granola bars on the market are not gluten-free, and in addition, the ingredients lists are full of things I can’t pronounce.
Therefore, a homemade version with some protein was a must. Easily adaptable for the ingredients I have on hand, and tasty no matter what!
Homemade Chewy Granola Bars (adapted from cookbakenibble.com)
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup nut butter (I used natural peanut butter)
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 cups gluten-free oats
1 1/2 cups brown rice crisps (I didn’t have any on hand, so I used gluten-free Chex cereal, broken into small pieces)
1 2/3 cups “add-ins” (I used dark chocolate chips, dried cranberries, dried coconut, and sunflower seeds)
1. Spray a baking pan lightly with cooking spray, set aside. In a small pot over low heat, melt the honey, nut butter, and brown sugar. Set aside to cool slightly.
2. Mix the remaining ingredients in a large bowl, add the honey mixture to the bowl and mix well.
3. Press the mixture into the greased pan using a slightly wet spatula.
4. Cover and cool in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Grab and go for an easy breakfast!