I started making these gluten-free granola bars a few months ago for Chris, but I quickly started eating them too as they are so good. If I would have known homemade granola bars were this easy to make I would have started making them years ago!
This recipe comes from the glutenfreegirl’s website. It is the main website that I have been using to find gluten free recipes. They have all been great and easy to follow.
Granola Bars (adapted from glutenfreegirl.com)
- 2 cups oats (I’ve used both rolled and quick-cooking)
- 1 cup walnuts (or hazelnuts or almonds)
- 1 cup honey
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 cup puffed rice cereal
- 2 cups mixed dried fruit (I usually use raisins and cranberries, but any dried fruit would work)
- Preheat oven to 325.
- Line a small casserole dish with parchment paper (I find my 9×6 stoneware baking dish to be the perfect size).
- Add oats and almonds (or hazelnuts) to casserole dish and toast in oven for about 10 minutes. Turn once in a while.
- In a saucepan, add honey, brown sugar, butter, vanilla and salt. Bring the mixture to a slow boil on medium heat. Once it starts boiling, set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix together toasted oats and almonds (or hazelnuts), sunflower seeds, puffed rice cereal, and dried fruit.
- Add honey/sugar mix to bowl and stir until everything is evenly coated.
- Pour mixture into the casserole dish. Smooth out with a rubber spatula.
- Bake 15 minutes (up to 30 minutes if you like your granola bars crunchy).
- Cool for at least an hour before cutting them up into bars.