GF Baking Adventures: no bake granola bars

Anyone eating GF knows two things about store bought goodies.  First, they will likely be nearly twice as much as the regular version.  Second, they will likely not be very good.  As a result of these seemingly universal truths, I have started making my own GF granola bars.  I needed something to bring camping, or to the Renaissance Festival, or just have in my bag in case I get hungry.

I have been experimenting with variations on a no-bake cookie recipe so I didn’t have to turn on the oven.  I have tried three different recipes and the results have been fairly good, but last night I made some delicious no-bake apple pie granola bars.  The kids loved them, my parents loved them, friends who don’t need to eat gluten free loved them. I figured I would share.

Here is the recipe:

No Bake Apple Pie Spice Granola bars.

1 stick butter

1 cup coconut milk

1 cup sugar

1 tbsp molasses

1 tsp vanilla

Mix in a pan and bring to a boil.  Stir boiling for 1-2 minutes. Lower heat and add the following, stirring until covered.

2 tsp cloves

2 tsp cinnamon

2.5 cups GF oats

1 cup GF crisp brown rice

1 cup walnuts, cashews, other nuts (Finely chopped)

1/2 cup dried apples and other dried fruit (finely chopped)

3/4 cup crispy GF granola cereal

1/2 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)

Mix together well and pour into an 8×8 baking pan.  Refrigerate two hours or so, cut into squares, refrigerate overnight.  Remove squares, wrap in parchment paper, store in the fridge for easy snacking.

 

 

 

 

 

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