Energy Bars

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Last week we sent out a tweet asking our lovely fans and followers what they would like to see on the blog. One tweet came in asking for gluten-free recipes. What a lovely idea!  Here at N&N Kitchen HQ, we’ve been attempting to come up with different recipes that cater to different diets / dietary restrictions. To date we’ve had about 3 flops and 4 successes (which will make it on the blog in the upcoming months). It’s definitely been a learning experience when using alternatives to traditional AP flour. Coconut flour and I went round and round a few times but I think we’ve worked out our differences and are friends now.

What does this mean for you, our lovely readers? We’ll be able to post more awesome recipes for you guys. 

For starters, one of the easiest recipes to master when dealing with Gluten-Free foods is energy bars or granola bars. They are extremely versatile and you can add anything to them. Don’t you just love recipes that you can customize? I’m a big fan of these types of recipes.

As far as these delicious energy bars go, they’re super simple to make. Throw everything in your mixing bowl, press into a pan, bake, cut, cool, and enjoy.

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You can omit or add anything that you want into these lovely energy bars. I’ve found that a good mix of nuts, dried fruit, and chocolate seems to do best. If you’re allergic to nuts you can swap out the macadamia nuts and peanut butter for something ‘nut-friendly’ like adding more applesauce.

Note: when buying oatmeal (and being concerned about if it contains gluten) look at the label. If it says something along the lines of “this product is manufactured in an area where flour, wheat, etc…” there might be some cross contamination. 

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When you’ve emptied out the bowl onto the prepared pan of your choice, make sure that you press the mixture evenly onto the pan. This will help the sheet bake evenly. If you’re going to use a smaller pan (for thicker bars) you may need to adjust the baking time accordingly.

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I love looking at all the different types of bits that are in these scrumptious bars. Tis’ a mighty mecca of deliciousness in every bar. Perfect for those days when you’re running around and don’t have enough time to stop and break for lunch. You can even slip these into your kiddos’ lunch boxes for a sneakily-healthy sweet treat. They will definitely want you to make these all the time.

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Depending on the size you cut your bars you can get up to 35 bars per pan.
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Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 10 plus
Ingredients
  • 4 cups of old fashioned oats
  • 3 cups of gluten free flour
  • ½ cup of applesauce
  • 1 cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 4 tablespoons of cinnamon
  • ½ cup of coconut oil
  • 1 cup of honey
  • 2 cups of shredded coconut
  • ½ cup of dark brown sugar
  • 5 oz of dried cherries
  • 5 oz of dried cranberries
  • 3 cups of mini chocolate chips
  • ½ cup of macadamia nuts
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350F and prepare a 11x17 baking sheet (with sides) with parchment paper.
  2. Combine all your dry ingredients (oats, sugar, flour, and shredded coconut) in a mixing bowl.
  3. Add in the honey, applesauce, and coconut oil.
  4. Add in all of the extras (dried fruit, nuts, and chocolate chips)
  5. Mix until everything is evenly combined.
  6. Press into the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes.
  8. Let it cool in the pan for 5 minutes then cut into bars and let the bars sit until they are completely cool. They will firm up when they’re cool.
  9. Optional: Wrap in small strips of parchment paper to give to friends or to stash in your kiddo’s lunchbox.

Go ahead and give these a try. Let us know how they turned out in the comments below or tell us on Twitter or Facebook.

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