Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Grain-Free Granola Bars


I designed this recipe for some non-paleo friends looking for a healthier alternative to packaged granola bars for their kids. If you're not into grain-free baked goods, feel free to pass this one by. And while I won't dub these goodies "paleo" I am certainly proud that they are gluten, grain, dairy and refined sugar-free.

Just as you can in my many breakfast cookie recipes, you can use whatever mix-ins you choose to customize these bars. Since my kids were home for a snow day and helping me make these, it's no real surprise that Enjoy Life chocolate chips factored into the equation.

I have tried these both with an egg and with a chia seed egg replacement and they were equally tasty. I added 1/2 tsp. baking powder when making them with the chia.


Grain-Free Granola Bars

1 cup almond meal
1 cup total mixed raw nuts pieces & seeds
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
2 tbs. ground flaxseed
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 egg OR 1 tbs. chia seed mixed with 3 tbs. water or non-dairy milk
1/4 cup raw honey or maple syrup
1/2 cup raw almond or cashew butter
1/4 cup Enjoy Life dairy-free chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl.

Use an electric mixer to combine egg, liquid sweetener and nut butter until well-blended. Gradually add dry ingredients. Stir in chocolate chips, if using.

Press mixture into a greased 8x8 baking dish and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

Allow to cool thoroughly before cutting. I always refrigerate or freeze these for a couple of hours to really get them firm. They also hold their shape and taste best when kept cold.

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