My 8 year old has a “nutrition day” coming up at school this month. The teacher has requested granola bars and water for the snack and they are planning on exercising and being healthy. Sounds easy, right? Not when my 8 year old has Celiac Disease along with many other food allergies, including NUTS. He doesn’t like any of the safe commercial granola bars that we have tried over the years. So, what’s a Mom to do? I turned to Carol Fenster’s 1,000 Gluten-Free Recipes again and we have another winner! I made these bars using Carol’s Naked Gluten-Free Granola from my previous post. These were sweet and really chewy, similar in texture to a rice krispy treat not hard like most gluten-free granola bars we have tried. Enjoy!
Chewy Granola Bars
1/4 cup Earth Balance, softened
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 cups homemade Naked Gluten-Free Granola
1 cup Perky’s nutty flax cereal
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup gluten-free dairy-free chocolate chips
1. In a medium saucepan, combine margarine, honey and brown sugar. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring until sugar is melted. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
2. Stir in granola, flax cereal, cinnamon, xanthan gum and salt until blended. Then stir in chocolate chips. Spread in a 13 x 9 ungreased glass pan. Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm.